Zürcher Verkehrsverbund

Zürcher Verkehrsverbund

The ZVV (German abbreviation for Zürcher Verkehrsverbund, translated into English as Zürich Transport Network or Zürich Traffic Network) is a public transportation system. It combines rail, bus, tram, trolleybus, lake boat, cable car and other services in the Swiss canton of Zürich (and including Rapperswil-Jona (SG), Pfäffikon SZ and spots outside of the canton) integrating them into a single fare network with coordinated timetables.

Fares are based on the number of zones crossed during a specified time and are independent of the mode of transport or the number of connections.

Zürcher Verkehrsverbund History

The system was established in May 1990 as a unified fare system with a coordinated local train network. Local train lines were prefixed with the letter S (S-Bahn). S-Lines 1 through 43 (with some lines missing) and now form part of the S-Bahn Network. A proof-of-payment fare system is in force on all S-Bahn trains. Fare gates are not used, but those caught without a valid ticket during a random inspection face a minimum fine of CHF 100.

Zürcher Verkehrsverbund Zones

The ZVV system uses an integrated a ticket network. The zones are numbered 110-184; the numbers 180-184 designates zones outside of the canton's border. Passengers purchase a base ticket for particular zones. Upgrades and extension tickets are available as supplements.

Trips by fast trains and regional trains by any operator, such as ICN, InterCity (IC), InterRegio (IR), RegioExpress (RE), regional (R) lines, and even international railways are part of the fare network as long as they stop within the fare network's borders.

The zone system approach has been adopted by many other fare networks in Switzerland, such as libero (fare network) in cantons of Bern and Solothurn, and OSTWIND (fare network) in Thurgau, St. Gallen, Glarus, both Appenzells (AI and AR), and Fürstentum Liechtenstein.

For journeys just beyond ZVV's borders, some zones of the neighboring cantons' fare networks are combined within the extended fare network Z-Pass:
  • Aargau: Corridor A-Welle–ZVV
  • Schaffhausen: Corridor Flextax–ZVV
  • Thurgau/St. Gallen/Glarus: Corridor OSTWIND–ZVV
  • Schwyz/Zug: Corridor Schwyz-Zug–ZVV

Zürcher Verkehrsverbund Operators

The operators that make up the ZVV are:
  • BDWM Transport AG
  • Busbetriebe Bamert
  • Dolderbahn-Betriebs AG
  • Forchbahn AG
  • Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg
  • Polybahn
  • PostAuto Schweiz Region Zürich
  • Schifffahrts-Genossenschaft Greifensee (SGG)
  • Schneider Busbetriebe
  • Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn
  • Stadtbus Winterthur
  • Südostbahn (SOB)
  • Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
  • Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal (VBG)
  • Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ)
  • Verkehrsbetriebe Zürichsee und Oberland (VZO)
  • Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG)

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