GA Travelcard for Adults
Free trips throughout Switzerland
Are you over 25 and looking to travel conveniently throughout the whole of Switzerland by public transport? Then the GA Travelcard for Adults is the ideal option for you. Women over 64 and men over 65 can benefit from the discounted GA Travelcard for Seniors.
If a family member with the same place of residence already has a regular GA Travelcard, the GA Travelcard for Partners provides a cheaper option for you. If several family members are already GA Travelcard holders, we recommend the GA Travelcard Familia.
You can easily purchase the GA Travelcard for Adults from the webshop or via the BLS Mobil public transport app.
Purchase & payment
You can easily purchase the GA Travelcard for Adults online from the BLS Webshop or via the BLS Mobil app. Your will need your customer number (000-000-000-0) for this. If you don’t have one of these already, an online identity check will be carried out when you make your first purchase. You will need a passport or an ID card, a smartphone with a camera and a recent, high-quality digital passport photo.
Staffed ticket offices
Alternatively, you can also purchase the GA Travelcard for Adults 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 and your passport or ID card.
Annual payment or monthly payment
You can pay for the GA Travelcard for Adults 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 for Adults 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.
As soon as you purchase a Half Fare or other type of travelcard, you will automatically be given a SwissPass card. You just need a valid ID card (or another official identity document) and a current passport photo. As a first-time purchaser, you can also now purchase your travelcard in the BLS-Webshop and confirm your identity online in just a few minutes directly at a ticket office.
How soon will I receive my GA Travelcard?
Do you already have a SwissPass?
Your GA Travelcard on the SwissPass is valid from the first day of validity.
Is this your first SwissPass?
Your GA Travelcard on the SwissPass will be delivered by post within approximately ten days. If you want your new GA Travelcard to be valid before then, we will send you a transitional SwissPass. If you purchase online, you can print this out as a PDF; if you purchase at the BLS Travel Centre, you can get it on the spot.
What happens to travelcards 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 deposit/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.
Alternatively, you can also purchase your GA Travelcard at your BLS Travel Centre or at a staffed public transport ticket office. To do this, go to a ticket office with your SwissPass and let us know how long you’d like your deposit to be. You don’t have to hand in your SwissPass: the GA Travelcard is automatically blocked and reactivated on the date of your choice.
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 used month. 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: