Skiplink Navigation

Main Features

Going the distance  Half a million Swiss shell out for unlimited travel 


Nine out of ten employees in Switzerland – or four million people in total – commuted to work in 2018.


Switzerland’s train ticket subscriptions suggest long commutes may well become the new normal. For the first time, more than half a million Swiss have an unlimited travelcard, Switzerland’s Direct Transport Tariff Association announced. 

The 500,000th owner of the GA travelcardexternal link – which costs CHF6,300 ($6,340) first class and CHF3,860 second class a year – was presented with a free first-class pass on Thursday as a “thank you to all customers for their loyalty”. 

The GA gives them free travel on a route network spanning more than 160 transport companies. This includes unlimited travel on the Swiss Federal Railways and trains of most other railways, as well as boats, buses and trams. There are also discounts on many mountain railways. 

The number of GA cardholders has increased twentyfold over the past two decades, according to the association, with an average increase of 10,000 new users a year. Every 17th person living in Switzerland has a GA travel card. 

 + Critical views on Swiss public transport

Switzerland has one of the densest rail systems in the world and takes great pride in the punctuality of its public transport systems. It is not unusual for someone to live in one city and work in another. 

The cost of train travel is on the rise - triggering protest from passengers. The GA itself has doubled in price over 30 years.

The price of a general pass has nearly doubled in 30 years

Infographic: The price of a general pass has nearly doubled in 30 years


Neuer Inhalt

Horizontal Line

SWI on Instagram

SWI on Instagram

SWI on Instagram

subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.

Click here to see more newsletters