How I'm saving almost CHF 1000 for public transport

Posted by Patrice Neff Mon, 23 Feb 2009

I currently work at a startup which we’re financing from our own pockets. So I’m always looking for a way to save some money. And I found a way to save almost 1000 Swiss Francs on my public transport bills this year.

The GA is the train flat-rate as sold by the Swiss train company SBB. There is complicated tariff jungle for how much it costs. This is how I bought the GA so far:

Owner Category Price
Me Adult GA CHF 3100
My wive Partner GA CHF 2100
Total CHF 5200

As my wive is not yet 25 I’ll now be able to reverse it like this:

Owner Category Price
My wive Junior GA CHF 2250
Me Partner GA CHF 2100
Total CHF 4350

Savings: CHF 850.

A few detail information:

  • The Junior GA is for people from 16 to 25
  • The Adult GA is for everybody from 25 to 65
  • The Partner GA can be bought if somebody living in the same household as a proper GA. And the Junior GA does count (contrary to what I had expected)