Zürcher Verkehrsverbund

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The ZVV (German abbreviation for Zürcher Verkehrsverbund, translated into English as Zürich Transport Network or Zürich Traffic Network) is a public transportation network system, combining rail, bus, tram, trolleybus, lake boat and cable car services in the canton of Zürich as well as Rapperswil-Jona and Pfäffikon SZ.

History and network[edit]

Established in May 1990, the ZVV was initially an elaborate web of railway lines. They were prefixed with the letter S (S-Bahn). S-Lines 1 through 43 (with some lines missing) now form part of the S-Bahn Network. A self-service/penalty fare system is in force on all S-Bahn trains; those without a valid ticket face a minimum fine of CHF 100.

The ZVV system works by creating a ticket network. Instead of different fares by kilometre or by destination, the zone concept was introduced. There are zones numbered 10-83 (approx.), with even Lake Zürich divided in part into different zones. A user of the transportation network would purchase a base ticket for a certain number of zones (with the minimum being one or two zones, the price is the same). Upgrades to first class and extension tickets are available as supplements to the basic ticket.

Trips by fast trains, regional trains, InterRegio, InterCity, RegioExpress, ICN, and ICE lines within the network also have the network/zone system applied.

The ZVV system has worked exceptionally well, with the S-Bahn system being adopted in other regions as well, such as Bern and Thurgau/St. Gallen (Ostwind network).


The operators which make up the ZVV are:[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Partners within the ZVV". ZVV. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Further transport companies". ZVV. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 

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