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The Swiss rail company, SBB, has something called EasyRide in the SBB Android app. You hop on some form of transit, turn it on, and then turn it off again at the end of your journey. Then it figures out the most cost-effective ticket that would cover your trip and bills you for it (e.g. to your credit card).

I assume this works with trains in and around Basel, but does it also work with other forms of public transit in Basel? Can I use it in trams and busses?

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According to the SBB website, EasyRide is available on

train, postbus, boat and urban transport. The EasyRide ticket is valid on the entire GA network

GA is the annual subscription system of SBB. The area of validity of the GA is described in this document, and it includes (along with dozens of other networks):

  • the BVB network (green trams and buses)
  • the BLT network (yellow and red trams and buses)

In short: Yes.

  • Looking at that document, this seems like an important caveat: "Basel BVB Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (inkl. Linie 8 bis Haltestelle «Kleinhünigeranlage», Linie 38 bis Grenzacher Horn)". Tram line 8 has three more stops after Kleinhünigeranlage; they are just across the border in Weil am Rhein, Germany. It sounds as if perhaps those can't be used with EasyRide. – Kyralessa Feb 19 at 16:10
  • And bus 38 seems to be a similar situation: It goes to Grenzach-Wyhlen, which is in Germany, not Switzerland. So what happens if I use EasyRide to travel to Germany with tram 8 or bus 38? – Kyralessa Feb 19 at 16:15
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    Those stops outside Switzerland are not part of the GA area, so they are not covered. I suppose the moment you cross the border you are without a valid ticket. – Krist van Besien Feb 19 at 16:29

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