What is a Z-Pass?
The Zurich Transport Network (ZVV), neighbouring regional transport networks A-Welle, OSTWIND, Schwyz (including the March region) and Zug (and from 15.12.2013 the Glarus region too) as well as SBB, have joined together in a single fare network for the residential and economic region of Zurich. The so-called Z-Pass creates a joint network in which tickets can be purchased for zone combinations between the ZVV and a neighbouring regional transport network. There are four so-called “corridors”, each one radiating outwards from ZVV towards the west, east, south and north.
Since 9 December 2012, the Z-Pass also offers individual tickets in addition to the existing monthly and annual travelcards. With this expansion, the advantages of the Z-Pass travelcard network are extended to those making individual journeys. The key difference is that tickets are obtained for the necessary zones instead of for a route from A to B. Travellers can thus go between the ZVV and a neighbouring network by train, bus, tram and in Zurich even by boat, making inter-network travel easier, more convenient and more versatile. The price is based on the number of selected zones. The two city zones of Zurich (110) and Winterthur (120) each count as two zones on account of their higher density of public transport services compared to elsewhere.