Companion Card.

The companion card, also known as the: “Disabled Passenger’s ID Card 2013–2016” is valid until December 2016.

Renewing companion cards.

You can now apply for your new companion card for 2017–2020.

How can you apply for the new companion card?

  1. Click on the link: Disabled Passenger’s ID Card (entitling the holder to a travelling companion).
  2. You can download the “doctor’s note” form from the Downloads column on the right.
  3. Ask your doctor to complete and sign the “doctor’s note”.
  4. Sign the doctor’s note yourself.
  5. Attach a passport photo.
  6. Send the passport photo and the completed doctor’s note to your cantonal office.

You can find the address of your cantonal office at: Disabled Passenger’s ID Card (entitling the holder to a travelling companion).

Who can apply for a companion card?

  • Mentally handicapped people
  • People in a wheelchair
  • People with impaired mobility
  • Visually impaired or blind people
  • People who are deaf or have impaired hearing

Important: You can only apply for the companion card

  • if you need a companionin order to use public transport and
  • if you are a permanently resident in Switzerland.

When can I get the new companion card?

The new companion card for 2017–2020 will be issued at the start of October 2016.

What can I use the companion card for?

The companion card enables you to be:

  • accompanied by a companion free of charge
  • accompanied by a guide dog free of charge
  • accompanied by a companion and a guide dog free of charge

Important: Your companion must travel with you in the same coach and class. Your companion must accompany you along the entire route and be able to assist you. You must show the train crew a valid ticket along with your companion card.

Where is the ID Card valid?

The companion card is valid on the direct passenger routes serviced by Swiss transport companies. The document showing where the Disabled Passenger’s ID Card is valid is available under “Downloads”.

How do I travel with a companion card?

There are two ways of travelling with a companion card:

  1. The person with a disability holds a companion cardand a valid travel documentA valid travel document may be:
    -    a complete ticket
    -    a GA travelcard
    -    a Half-Fare travelcard and ticket
    Their companion can then travel free of charge.
  2. The companion has a valid travel document.A valid travel document may be:
    -    a complete ticket
    -    a GA travelcard
    -    a Half-Fare travelcard and ticket
    The disabled person with the companion card may travel free of charge.

If either passenger receives any other discounts, (e.g. a junior travelcard), these may only be used together with a valid travel document. More information at: Disabled Passenger’s ID Card (entitling the holder to a travelling companion).

Important: It is never possible for both passengers to travel free of charge.

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