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9 O'Clock Pass

I believe it is unnecessary to argue that the System of public transportation here in Switzerland is one of the best in the world. Busses and trains and even boats run regularly to almost any city, town and village - and mostly right on time.

ZVV 9 o'Clock Pass

However, there is one major downside to the Swiss system of public transportation: the prices. Compared to most countries in the world it is ridiculously expensive to ride a bus, tram or a train. For example The one hour ride from Basel to Zurich is more than 30 CHF. Prices do get more reasonable if you purchase a half price card (Halbtax) or a yearly/monthly pass for a region or route.

In the Zurich area you have an additional option: the 9 o'clock pass (9-Uhr-Pass). This day pass allows you to travel freely in the whole canton of Zurich (including boats, trains, busses and trams) for 25.- CHF only. Only condition: on weekdays you can start your journey only after 9 o'clock. That's also how the pass got its name. On weekends the pass is valid from beginning of service.

So, what can you do with a 9 o'clock pass? Here are some suggestions for trips and destinations around Zurich:
  • go for a walk on the Üetliberg
  • take the cable car up the Felsenegg
  • stroll through the old city of Rapperswil
  • visiti the Halbinsel Au
  • go for a boat cruise on lake Zurich
  • visit the Technorama in Winterthur
  • have fun at the ropes course in Kloten
  • visit the animals at Tierpark Langenberg
  • visit the medieval castle Schloss Kyburg
  • get wet in the Alpamare water park
  • meet dinosaurs in Aathal

More interesting activities and locations can be found on the ZVV website.



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