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The U-Abo Subscription

U-Abo Subscription

With just the U-Abo Subscription you can travel anywhere in the entire TNW network (all zones) - similar to the GA Travelcard. How easy is that? The U-Abo Subscription has been valid trinationally since June 2021. It is also recognized in zones 1, 2 and 3 of the RVL (Regio Verkehrsverbund Lörrach) and in the area of the French Distribus.

Trinational validity of the U-Abo Subscription:

  • From 15th December 2019, the validity of the U-Abo Subscription was extended to include zones 1, 2 and 3 of the regional public transport area (RVL) in south-west Germany adjacent to the Swiss border. This means that, the U-Abo Subscription will also be recognised as a valid ticket in the German cities of Weil am Rhein, Lörrach and Rheinfelden as well as the communities of Grenzach-Wyhlen, Binzen and Eimeldingen in the district of Lörrach (note: this does not apply to the GA Travelcard). Detailed information (in German only) can be found here.
  • As of 1 June 2021, the validity of the U-Abo Subscription will be expanded to include the entire French Distribus area. The extension does not apply to the S-Bahn (TER) or the SNCF trains. The validity of this mutual recognition is for a trial period of two years. Detailed information (information in German only) can be found here.

Not out and about every day? A monthly U-Abo subscription for adults is already worthwhile after a good eleven days if, for example, you make two trips a day (return trip) within a zone. It is worthwhile for young adults from the age of seven and for senior citizens from nine days. With two trips a day across two zones, a monthly subscription is worthwhile after nine days for adults, after six days for young adults and eight days for senior citizens.

The annual U-Abo Subscription is particularly advantageous: just get yours and ride in comfort for the whole year. What’s more, you get two months free: subscribe for ten months and it’s yours for the entire 12. That’s not all: you get to choose when you want to start the date for your year’s travel.

In order to make the price of the U-Abo Subscription particularly attractive, individual communities and the participating cantons together subsidise the cost of the U-Abo Subscription for all residents in the TNW area.


U-Abo Subscription for adults, personal

The U-Abo subscription is personal - issued in your name, which means it cannot be transferred to anyone else. It is only valid together with some other form of personal ID (identity card, passport, SwissPass, U-Abo Card with picture or TNW basic card). If you leave your U-Abo Subscription at home, you have ten days to produce it at any of our sales offices. All you pay is a CHF 5 processing fee and not the surcharge for travellers who don’t own a valid ticket, which is at least CHF 100. Should you lose your personal U-Abo subscription, you can order a replacement, for which the processing fee is CHF 30.

U-Abo Subscription for adults, transferable

A transferable U-Abo Subscription is also available. It is issued in your name, but an ID isn’t required and this U-Abo Subscription can be loaned to anyone else. However: if you lose it, you cannot get a replacement substitute, and leaving it at home is considered as travelling without a valid ticket. The transferable U-Abo Subscription is only valid for the indicated pass holder in the RVL zones 1, 2 and 3.

U-Abo Subscription for senior citizens and disabled persons

Pensioners’ and disability U-Abo Subscription are only available as a personal subscription for 2nd class travel. In order to qualify for subscription for disabled persons, on first application you will need to bring confirmation of disability or eligibility for pension.

U-Abo Subscription young adults

People up to the age of 25 (25th birthday) can save money with the U-Abo Subscription for young adults. These U-Abo Subscriptions are only available as a personal subscription for 2nd class travel.

U-Abo Subscription for dogs

For dogs with a shoulder hight of more than 30 cm, a dog U-Abo subscription can be purchased for one month or one year.

U-Abo Freizeit

The U-Abo Freizeit allows free travel in the entire network area (all TNW zones plus zones 1-3 of the RVL and in the DistriBus area). The validity of the U-Abo Freizeit is limited to Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. until the end of service, as well as the whole day on Saturday and Sunday. You can find more information here.

Good to know

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the FAQ section.

More information on various purchasing and payment possibilities can be found under Purchasing a U-Abo Subscription.

To order your U-Abo subscription you have different options: Ordering a U-Abo Subscription (in German).

With the U-Abo Subscription, you can benefit from exclusive offers. You can find more information about the U-Abo voucher portal under Discounts or directly at u-abo.ch.

U-Abo costs (effective 11.12.2016)
Residence and tax domicile Monthly U-Abo Subscription Annual U-Abo Subscription
2nd Class 1st Class 2nd Class 1st Class
Adult (domicile in the TNW network) 80.00 154.00 800.00 1540.00
Adult (not domiciled in the TNW network) 105.00 179.00 1050.00 1790.00
Adult transferable (domicile in the TNW network) 100.00 188.00 1000.00 1880.00
Adult transferable (not domiciled in the TNW network) 125.00 213.00 1250.00 2130.00
Senior citizens (men: 65+, women: 64+) (domicile in the TNW network) 67.00 -- 670.00 --
25 or under (domicile in the TNW area) 53.00 -- 530.00 --
25 or under (not domiciled in the TNW network) 78.00 -- 780.00 --
All prices are in CHF including VAT. Prices subject to change. «Domicile in the TNW» is anyone officially registered as a resident in a municipality within the collective TNW (north-west Switzerland) tariff zone.
U-Abo Freizeit
Residence and tax domicile 3-month package**
Domicile int the TNW network*
Not domiciled in the TNW network
All prices are in CHF including VAT. Prices subject to change. *«Domicile in the TNW» is anyone officially registered as a resident in a municipality within the collective TNW (north-west Switzerland) tariff zone. **The U-Abo Freizeit can only be purchased in a 3-month package.
Map of the network

Map of the network

Tram and bus routes
The greater Basel area

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