Switzerland is set to become the first country in the world to offer the “post price ticketing” solution to all bus, tram and metro users across its entire transport network, the Swiss newspaper 20 minutes reported.
Following successful testing carried out since 2018, national public transport tariff network CH-direct announced that the system will be fully unveiled throughout Switzerland in 2020, without specifying in which month.
Public transport users across the country will no longer need to buy cardboard tickets beforehand or have cash on them with which to pay for a ride.
Instead they will have the choice of using their smartphones to submit their trips online before they begin the journey and clock out when they get off. If they forget, the transport app they choose to use will remind them to swipe out.
At the end of the day, the system calculates the price of the trips made on the transport network and invoices the corresponding amount to the customer.
Nearly 90,000 public transport users in Switzerland have made the switch to “post price ticketing” since 2018, considering it a more comfortable and slightly cheaper way to travel, which also allows for spur-of-the-moment trips.
Automatic ticketing is currently available with applications from BLS, Fairtiq, SBB, Zürcher Verkehrsverbund and TCS.
The public will still be able to buy physical tickets from vendors and others distributors.