TNW – Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz

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Purchasing a U-Abo

1. Buying a U-Abo

Online

Validating a U-Abo-Card is quick and easy at any TNW machine, allowing you a flexible validity period by month or year. This is what you do:

Fill out a simple form here and upload a passport. The U-Abo-Card will be sent to you by post - free of charge.

In person

The BVB customer centre in the Barfüsserplatz or the BLT sales point in the Heuwaage can take a passport photo and provide you with a U-Abo card then and there.

In writing

Use the application slip incorporated in many of the TNW brochures.

2. Validating the U-Abo

The U-Abo app: the season ticket that sits on your phone

With the U-Abo app, your season ticket subscription can be validated by month or year from any date in exactly the same way as the U-Abo card (max. 2 months in advance). If a U-Abo is for a calendar month (e.g., December), you can choose a flexible start date (for a month or a year, for example 10.11.16 to 09.12.16).

More information about the U-Abo app (in German only).

On a TNW-machine

  • For identification purposes, hold the U-Abo card up to the contact point on a ticket machine.
  • You choose the time duration (flexible start date) and pay with EC-Maestro-card, Postcard or credit card.
  • A renewed U-Abo subscription is issued in the form of a handy U-Abo ticket.
  • The subscription is personal and only valid in conjunction with a personal ID (identity card, passport, Half-Fare travelcard, SwissPass, U-Abo card or TNW-Grundkarte)

On an SBB machine

A monthly U-Abo subscription can also be purchased around the clock at any of the 80 SBB ticket machines in the TNW area. For this, you need a valid half-tax subscription or a SwissPass or hold an SBB customer number (available at any SBB ticket desk).

  • Enter your personal customer number on the screen and obtain your U-Abo.
  • Payment is made in cash (notes only), EC Maestro card, Postcard, credit card, Reka-Card or with Reka-Checks.
  • The subscription is personal and only valid in conjunction with a personal ID (identity card, passport, Half-Fare travelcard, SwissPass, U-Abo card or TNW-Grundkarte)

Paying with a deposit slip

Instead of using a vending machine, you can also pay for a U-Abo subscription using a deposit slip. These deposit slips are issued either by calendar month or calendar year and are sent out by post. Payment for the desired calendar month (or calendar year) can be made at a post office counter, at the BVB customer centre at Barfüsserplatz or at the BLT sales point at the Heuwaage. The stamped receipt handed back to you is your valid ticket when held together with personal ID (identity card, passport, Half-Fare travelcard, SwissPass, U-Abo-Card or TNW-Grundkarte).

Ordering the Annual U-Abo online

The annual U-Abo can be ordered through the webshop from BVB and BLT (in German language only).

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