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Z-Pass: Travelling in the Zurich residential and economic area.

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At a glance

The Z-Pass connects up networks.

The Zurich Transport Network (ZVV), the adjacent fare networks, A-Welle, Flextax, Ostwind, Schwyz (including the March region) and Zug, as well as SBB, are combined in an integrated fare network for the Zurich residential and economic area. The so-called Z-Pass offers one single zone fare and a uniform range of tickets for journeys between the ZVV and neighbouring networks.

With the introduction of the new timetable on 9 December 2012, single tickets will now also be available under the Z-Pass in addition to the existing monthly and annual travelcards. This new feature will bring the benefits of the current Z-pass travelcard network to passengers taking single trips.

How to buy your Z-Pass ticket.

You can buy Z-Pass travelcards at ticket machines, any staffed SBB ticket counter in the network area, in SBB Ticket Shop or via SBB Mobile. Please contact the Rail Service Helpdesk on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network), should you have any questions.

Zone system

With the Z-Pass, you purchase a ticket or travelcard for the zones required and not for a specific route from A to B. You can travel between the ZVV and a neighbouring fare network on the various means of transport, such as by train, bus, tram and, in Zurich, even by boat. This makes inter-regional transport network travel simple, convenient and versatile.

The price is based on the number of selected zones. The two city zones of Zurich (110) and Winterthur (120) each count as two zones on account of their greater density of public transport services.

Outside the network area

For journeys beyond the borders of the network, network tickets are only valid up to the last timetabled stop within the zones purchased.
The network tickets are not valid in SBB trains that do not stop in the zones paid for.

For onward journeys to fare networks participating in the Z-Pass system, you must purchase a seamlessly connected fare network ticket in addition to the Z-Pass ticket, provided a timetabled stop is located within the area of validity of the Z-Pass ticket in the respective fare network of your onward journey.

Example.
You are holding a Z-Pass ticket for Baden–Schlieren covering the zones 154, 184, 570 and 572.
For your onward journey to Zurich HB, you will need the following ticket:

  • For a journey on S-Bahn routes 3 and 12 with a stop in zone 154:
    ZVV ticket for zone 110 or a ZVV zone upgrade for 1–2 zones. It is also possible to combine with a route-specific ticket for Schlieren–Zurich HB.
  • For a journey on the fast train from Baden–Zurich HB with no intermediate stops:
    Z-Pass ticket for Baden–Zurich with the zones 110, 111, 117, 154, 184, 570, 572.
    Reason: The fast train does not make a stop in either ZVV zone 154 or 184. As a result, a ticket combination is not possible in this case.

The availability of connecting tickets depends on the place of purchase. The correct connecting ticket can be conveniently purchased as an electronic ticket (E-Ticket) from the SBB Ticket Shop at www.sbb.ch/ticketshop.

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