GENEVA, Switzerland – You know that sinking feeling when you need to hop in a bus and you don’t have cash or an appropriate credit card to pay for your bus fare?
Fear no more, as of 1 February 2015, you can purchase your Geneva bus ticket, either full fare or demi-tariff, via your mobile phone.
Dial 788, type TPG1 if you don’t have a fare reduction card, or TPG2 if have a reduced fare card (3.00 vs 2.00).
You will receive a text back confirming your purchase. This serves as both, your ticket and receipt for a 60-min ride all over the canton and parts of neighboring France.
You can also purchase all-day cards.
There are two of these cards journalières the difference is at what time you purchase it. If before 09:00, the day pass is CHF10 (CHF7.30 with a discount card); if after 09:00, then it costs CHF8 (CHF5.60 with a discount card).
Dial 788, type CJ1 if you don’t have a fare reduction card, or CJ2 if you have a reduced fare card. After 09:00 type, CJ91 or CJ92.
There are a few restrictions:
- The ticket must be purchased and received before boarding the vehicle;
- If travelling with others, you must purchase individual tickets by sending an SMS for each person in your party
- It only works with Swiss SIM cards.
You will be billed by your mobile provider for your TPG ticket(s) at the end of your phone billing cycle without any additional fees.
This is not a first in Switzerland, the Fribourg transportation system already uses it.
- TPG1: 60mins, full fare: CHF3.
- TPG2: 60mins, reduced fare: CHF2.
- CJ1: All day, full fare, CHF10 (good for 2 people traveling together during the weekend)
- CJ2: All day, reduced fare, CHF7.30 (good for 2 people traveling together during the weekend)
- CJ91: All day starting after 09:00, full fare, CHF8
- CJ92: All day starting after 09:00, full fare, CHF5.60