Switzerland to offer cheaper public transport options for young people

Switzerland has a good transportation network, but it can get expensive, especially for those who don’t earn much money — like students and other young people. But now there are cheaper tickets just for them.

Switzerland to offer cheaper public transport options for young people
Young people can now ride cheaper. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Starting from June 1st, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and SwissPass Alliance will launch three new “simple and affordable” offers for people under 25 years of age, to encourage them to use public transport more often.

“Young people are the public transport users of tomorrow,” the SwissPass Alliance said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Some of them attach great importance to climate protection, decarbonisation, and the sustainability of their journeys.”

These are the new offers:

  • The “AG Night,” a 99-franc-per year subscription allowing unlimited travel across all the public transportation network from 7 pm until 5 am during the week and 7am on weekends and public holidays.This will replace the the ‘seven25 travelcard’, which offers similar benefits but costs 390 francs per year.
  • The “Tandem day pass” will allow holders of the general youth subscription to take a person under the age of 25 with them every day of the year for 20 francs. 
  • The “Friends day pass,” which will enable four people to use public transport together for a whole day for 20 francs per person.

What other price reductions are available for young people?
Children under six ride free when accompanied by an adult (kids in this age group range always are).

Those slightly older, between six and 16, can benefit from the Child Subscription, Accompanied Child Card, and Junior Card, the latter two of which allow youngsters in this age group to travel for free when accompanied by either a parent or another adult.
You can find out more about each of these options in this link

And there are other attractions as well…

For the very young (or young at heart and body), some Swiss trains offer cool ways to amuse yourself on those long-ish train rides.

This article has all the information:

Slides and climbing frames: How Swiss trains entertain children

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Passengers in Switzerland face flight disruption amid French air traffic strikes

Air passengers in Switzerland have been warned they may see flight cancellations and delays on Tuesday as strike action in France continues.

Passengers in Switzerland face flight disruption amid French air traffic strikes

After a break of several weeks, unions have called for a day of strikes and demos on Tuesday, June 6th, as they continue to protest over French pension reform.

The latest day of action has been called ahead of an attempt in parliament on Thursday to have the pension reform bill – which has already been signed into law – cancelled.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) says that strikes by air traffic control staff will disrupt some of their services. 

“France’s civil aviation authority expects a major impact on flights that take off or land in France. But overflights are also affected – i.e., those flights that cross French airspace to get to Spain, Portugal or the USA, for example. Long delays are to be expected,” SWISS said in a statement on Monday according to a report by Swiss news site 20min.

“Detours south or north of France will therefore be necessary in some cases, which in turn will result in further delays.”

The airline added that the strike is also having a ‘significant’ impact on Swiss flight operations.

“Swiss expects delays on numerous flights, and there may be occasional cancellations,” said a spokesperson.

Ahead of Tuesday, SWISS said it had to cancel a return flight between Geneva and Nice, with “around 120 passengers are affected”. The airline said alternative travel is being sought. 

Oliver Buchhofer, Head of Operations at Swiss, reportedly said: “We regret that our passengers are inconvenienced.

“Our employees have been working intensively for a few days to keep our flight schedule as stable as possible. Our top priority is to avoid cancellations, and we also want to operate our flights as punctually as possible, which unfortunately will not always be possible.”