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Night surcharge for public transport to be abolished across Switzerland

The Zurich Transport Association (ZVV) and several other regional transit authorities are set to abolish the five franc ‘night surcharge’ for using public transport.

Night surcharge for public transport to be abolished across Switzerland
A train in Zurich. Photo: ZVV

The change will not just apply throughout the Zurich area, with the surcharge to be abolished in Arau, Zug, Schwyz and on the Zurich to Lucerne night train. 

In agreeing to the change, the Tarifverbund Nachtzuschlag said that night public transport services should be treated just the same as other transit services and should therefore not be subject to a surcharge. 

READ: International train connections between Switzerland and Italy to start again this week

The surcharge will be abolished from December 18th, 2020. 

Currently, no night services are running due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. 

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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