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How do you use public transportation in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, most people travel with a Swiss Pass, so there is not much to buy a separate transportation ticket in the city. If you travel with a section ticket or if you have a Eurail pass, there may be a separate cost for city transportation, but if the hotel gives you a city transportation ticket (ex, Geneva, Lausanne, Interlaken, etc.), there are many cases where you do not need to purchase it.

Therefore, there is no need to ride in the future to take a transportation card like in Korea. Take the tram/bus/train or whatever, just through the door you can see right in front of you. It doesn't ride very well from the front, so it seems to be common to enter through the middle or back door.

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In places like Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern, there are often tram opportunities. It's hard to see in Korea, so it's unfamiliar and I have a little fear, but it's not difficult. When the tram stops, wait at the door and press the button in front of the door.

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Then the door opens like this. Puffed up!~


Buses are like trams. You don't need to buy a ticket, so you usually ride through the middle or rear door rather than the front door. The boarding method is exactly the same as the tram.

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In the same way, press the button and get on the train. However, as the explanation is repeated, the train seats are divided into 1st class and 2nd class, and if you talk about a little different part of the train, you just have to sit in your own transportation zone. Train reservations are very rare in Switzerland, so buy a ticket and sit in a comfortable place with only 1st/ 2nd class distinction anywhere.

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The question here is, what is Sektor A/B/C/D above 1st and 2nd class? Since the platform is long, it is divided into Sektor as indicated by 4-1, 4-2 on Korean subways. So, as shown in the photo below, next to the platform mark, sektor is also marked. Awesome system that lets you know roughly where the first and second class will stop. Now, as soon as the train arrives, you don't have to mess around.

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1st class vs 2nd class

There is no correct answer because each person feels different standards, but most travelers are satisfied with 2nd class. When it comes to rush hour, there are a lot of people, but it's okay to assume that there are almost no seats because there are no seats. However, it can be difficult during rush hour for four families with adults to sit together.

If you don't like this even if you die, I recommend buying first class. First class seats often have three chairs in a row, like the difference between Korean honor buses and regular buses, and more seniors ride than second class, and should be more quiet.

The number on the front of the door can be used to distinguish between 1st and 2nd class on a train.

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Seat reservation

It is burdensome to buy a first class class and wants to go to second class, but you may want to reserve a seat as in Korea, with the mind that you are concerned that there will be a shortage of seats. I'm sure, more than 90% of the seats are non-reserved, and just sit in an empty seat comfortably. Reservations are required for the Glacier Express and Bernina Express.

However, there is no need to reserve a seat when riding a regular train. In the case of Jungfrau during the recent peak season, a seat reservation system has been introduced, but it is convenient to see that it is not strictly a seat reservation, but as a ticket that can be entered first.

On most trains in Switzerland, it is okay to travel without a reservation.

Train toilet

Another surprisingly embarrassing part is finding the button to flush the toilet in the train. Usually, when you press the WC button next to it, the water goes down. No matter how much you look for the lever, if you can't find it, look for the WC button!

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