GA Travelcard for Disabled Persons
Free travel on public transport throughout Switzerland
Travellers with a disability get a 1st or 2nd-class travelcard at a discounted price.
Also available is the Companion Travelcard, which entitles you to take along an accompanying person and/or an assistance dog free of charge.
Purchase & payment
Staffed ticket offices
You can purchase the GA Travelcard for Disabled Persons (GA IV) at your BLS travel centre or at a staffed public transport ticket office. In this case, please bring your SwissPass with you. If you don’t have a SwissPass, please bring a recent analogue or digital passport photo, your passport or ID card and your IV identity document. Exception: Travellers who are permanently reliant on a wheelchair only need to bring a doctor’s certificate as confirmation instead of the IV identity document.
Annual payment or monthly payment
You can pay for the GA Travelcard for Children annually or monthly. If you pay monthly, you can cancel the GA Travelcard – subject to the minimum contract period of six months – at any time. If you pay annually, you save at least CHF 20.00 per month.
When you purchase a GA Travelcard, you enter into an open-ended contract, meaning that your travel card on the existing SwissPass card is automatically extended by one year or one month, depending on the selected validity period. Two months before expiry, you’ll receive a reminder informing you of the latest possible cancellation date.
Via swisspass.ch you can subscribe to an additional cancellation reminder by e-mail or SMS.
Minimum contract period
Each GA Travelcard begins with a minimum contract period of six months, regardless of the selected payment frequency. You then decide whether you want your travel card to continue or whether you want to cancel it with one month's notice to the end of any travel card month.
Range of validity
The GA Travelcard entitles you to free trips on BLS routes and most other Swiss railways, on boats, in post buses and on local transport. However, there are some exceptions and restrictions, so we recommend to find out the exact range of validity before beginning your journey.
A GA Travelcard allows you to you benefit from attractive discounts and benefits:
- Enjoy up to 50% discount or other bonuses (e.g. goods voucher, drink) on numerous leisure offers such as events, shows, museum admissions, etc. The best thing to do is enquire directly with the provider.
- With a GA Travelcard, you can purchase a Park+Rail travel card and park your car directly at the station.
- Save CHF 5.00 on short-term bike rental at Rent a Bike.
- Free currency exchange at BLS Travel Centres.
- You will receive a 15% discount when renting a car or commercial vehicle from Europcar in Switzerland.
- Discover exciting leisure offers and attractive products from the SwissPass Plus Partners.
- If you have a GA Travelcard for 1st class together with a valid international ticket, you get access to the Railteam lounges with free drinks, WiFi and a separate railway station counter.
FAQ – Frequently asked questions
I don’t have a SwissPass yet. What can I do?
SwissPass, one card for everything
With the purchase of a travel card, you automatically receive the SwissPass. All you need is a valid ID card or passport and a recent passport photo. As a new customer, you can also now purchase your travelcard in the BLS-Webshop and confirm your identity online in just a few minutes without having to find a ticket office.
How soon will I receive my GA Travelcard?
If you already have a SwissPass, you can use your GA Travelcard from the first day of validity. Otherwise, the GA Travelcard on the SwissPass will be sent by post within approx. 10 days.
What happens to travel cards that I no longer need?
If you decide to purchase a GA Travelcard, you will receive a pro rata refund for other travel cards you no longer need, such as Half fare, Regional, Point-to-point or Modular travel cards. Get in touch with a BLS Travel Centre using the SwissPass on which your previous season ticket is referenced and you will receive a corresponding credit.
Can I interrupt my GA Travelcard?
If you don’t need your GA Travelcard for a certain period of time, you can interrupt it for at least five consecutive days and up to a maximum of 30 days per travel card year. With just a few clicks, you can deposit or interrupt your GA Travelcard yourself on swisspass.ch.
The credit for the deposited days will be credited to you on the next GA Travelcard invoice after the deposit expires. Please note that depending on your travel card, this may only be the case after one year.
How can I cancel my GA Travelcard?
GA Travelcards that are paid for monthly or annually can be cancelled six months after the first day of validity at the earliest. Cancellation must be made at least one month before the end of a travel card month. This means that you can cancel your GA Travelcard after five months at the earliest, at the end of the sixth month. If you pay annually, you will be refunded the unused months less a processing fee of CHF 10.00.
Refund in the event of early termination
If you wish to cancel your annually paid GA Travelcard early, you will be reimbursed for the unused months. The repayment amount is calculated per used month used and not per day. 9% of the purchase price is deducted per month used. In addition, a handling fee of CHF 10.00 will be charged.
|GA Travelcard for Adults, 2nd class with annual payment
|Return after eight months
CHF 3860.00 less 8 x 9% or 347.40
Is the GA Travelcard valid on mountain railways?
On purely tourist mountain railways such as the Jungfraujoch, the GA Travelcard is not usually valid and you pay a reduced or even the full fare. The GA Travelcard is usually valid for mountain railways that serve residential areas.
Is the GA Travelcard valid on boats?
With the GA Travelcard, you can travel by boat free of charge on most of Switzerland's large lakes.
Exceptions: Lake Greifen, Lake Lugano, Lac de Joux, Lac des Brenets, Lake Poschiavo, Lake Sils and Lake Walen.
You can find more information the Swiss transport companies tariff provisions here:
It is important to BLS that everyone can use public transport independently and spontaneously. In particular, this includes people with disabilities being able to board and alight from trains independently and access all information at the train station and when on board trains.