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Travelling outside the CTA

An Arcobaleno ticket or pass holder wishing to travel outside the CTA must combine their ticket/pass with an onward ticket from the last stop of the valid ticket/pass zone until their destination.

Example: the holder of an Arcobaleno pass for all zones wishes to travel from Lugano to Zurich: if the train they take stops in Airolo, they will have to buy a ticket from Airolo to Zurich; if the train does not stop at Airolo, they must purchase a ticket from Bellinzona to Zurich.

There are several special passes for people who travel regularly outside the CTA.

Example: cross-border workers that use the regional TILO-S10 trains can purchase the Italian regional pass for the stretch in Lombardy and the Arcobaleno pass for Ticino.

For further information please contact the ticket counters.

Other travelcards accepted by the CTA

Junior travelcard
With the Junior travelcard for 30 Swiss Francs, children from the age of six up to their 16th birthday can travel on public transport for a whole year, accompanied by a parent with a valid ticket.

Children’s Co-travelcard
With the Children’s Co-travelcard for 30 Swiss Francs per year, children from the age of six up to their 16th birthday can travel throughout Switzerland accompanied by someone holding a valid ticket.

The GA travelcard
With the GA travelcard ou can travel freely throughout the areas of validity of all the CTA transport companies, from dicember the 11th 2016 even on the navigation compani of Lake Lugano. Only exception: the navigation compompanie on Lake Maggiore (NLM).

Half-fare travelcard
With the Half-fare Travelcard you can buy reduced fare tickets and travelcards for all the transport in the CTA (except for short-journey tickets and passes).

Other tickets and passes
National and international tickets and passes such as the Eurailpass, the Swisspass, the City Ticket, the City-City Ticket, etc. are also valid for journeys within the CTA, in compliance with the respective areas of validity.

Class Upgrade

To travel in 1st class with a 2nd class ticket or pass you must have a class upgrade ticket (or multi-class upgrade ticket). When ticket checks are carried out the two tickets must be presented together. The following terms are also applicable:

  • 1-day travelcard and multi-day travelcard: you can upgrade to first class on single journeys only
  • Multi-journey travelcards: you must pay the supplement for each individual zone you travel through when you make single journeys in 1st class with a 2nd class ticket
  • Arcobaleno pass: if used in 1st class for individual journeys with a 2nd class pass, the holder must purchase a class upgrade ticket, paying a supplement equal to the difference between 1st class and the 2nd class fare for the corresponding zones

For any routes that do not offer 1st class, the 1st class ticket is also valid for 2nd class travel (without any right to refund).