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Purchasing a U-Abo

Purchasing a U-Abo

1. Activating your U-Abo (subscription)

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

The BLT and BVB have developed the handy U-Abo app. With this app, you can buy a new monthly or annual subscription or renew your existing one at any time and from anywhere. And, if your current subscription is in paper form, you can simply transfer it to your smartphone.

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

Via the "Home of U-Abo" portal

It’s so convenient to renew your U-Abo, or those of your family members, by just logging onto (in German). Here, you can also keep your personal details up to date (e.g. change address if you move house), stay informed of latest developments and be the first to know about special offers that come along from time to time.

At a green ticket machine

For identification purposes, hold the U-Abo card up to the contact point on a ticket machine and choose the time duration (flexible start date). You can pay conveniently 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 personal subscription is only valid in conjunction with a personal ID (identity card, passport, Half-Fare travelcard, SwissPass, U-Abo card or TNW Grundkarte). The U-Abo is only as original (not laminated) a valid ticket.

TNW subscriptions on the SwissPass and purchase at the SBB ticket machine

SwissPass: Your personal U-Abo subscription (month or year) can also be uploaded on the SwissPass. It is the companion for your mobility and leisure. the SwissPass contains besides your subscription for the public transportation also access to leisure programs of various associates. On the SwissPass there are no information connecting to your subscription. With your customer account you can Access your information anytime on Like this you can manage your personal information conveniently online and you are always informed about new offers. Your personal SwissPass can be obtained at the SBB ticket counter where an existing U-Abo subscription can also be uploaded on the SwissPass.

Purchase at the SBB ticket machine: A monthly or yearly U-Abo subscription can also be purchased around the clock at any SBB ticket machines in the TNW area. For this, you need a valid SwissPass (available at any SBB ticket desk).

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 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).

2. Buying the U-Abo Card


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 form here (in German) and upload your picture and passport or identity card. 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.

Map of the network

Map of the network

Tram and bus routes
The greater Basel area

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