Travelling with the free travel card

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The most frequent asked questions to the topic "Travelling with the free travel card"

How long am I allowed to travel without travel card after school has started?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: There is a transitional period of 4 weeks for students after school has started. However, it is recommended to contact the issuing office already in mid-September if the card has not yet been issued. There is no transitional period for apprentices.

Upper Austria, Carinthia: There is a tolerance period for students travelling without card after school has started. There is no tolerance period for apprentices.

Salzburg: A maximum tolerance period of 28 days after school has started applies.

Vorarlberg: There is a tolerance period of 4 weeks for students after school has started. There is no tolerance period for apprentices.

Tyrol: There is a transitional period (as a rule, 4 weeks after school has started).

Styria: There is a tolerance period of 4 weeks for students and of 2 weeks for vocational school students after school has started. There is no tolerance period for apprentices.

Do I need to present a payment confirmation of the previous year’s card (during the time no card has been issued yet)?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: In the VOR it is required to present a payment confirmation or the previous year?s card. In the VVNB, there are controls during the tolerance period but it is not mandatory for the student to have an ID on him/her.

Upper Austria: There are controls and the students are informed about the submission of the application form, but no complaints are issued. Confirmations are not valid as ticket.

Salzburg: There are no controls before the last cards have been issued. Therefore, no confirmation is required during this tolerance period.

Vorarlberg: No controls are made during the tolerance period ? the previous year?s free travel card is not valid.

Tyrol: Here, there is a tolerance period (as a rule, 4 weeks after school has started) and no other document must be shown.

Carinthia: On request of the driver, a proof of school attendance and residence must be shown (e.g. in form of a student ID).

Styria: As a rule, a payment confirmation is sufficient.

Can I use several means of transport (bus/train/private buses) on the same route?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: In the VVNB, all public transport services ("Verbund? partners) can be used on the route stated on the ticket. If a ticket is not valid for trains, it will have a respective note on it (e.g. ?gilt nicht für Bahn [not valid for trains]?). In the VOR, the add-on "B" to the zones is required for the use of trains and buses ? without this ?B?, only the train may be used.

Upper Austria: Yes, in the case of OÖVV transport undertakings or companies acting on behalf of such undertakings. (For on-call buses, you need the student/apprentice surcharge ticket. This rule also applies to local transport services in Pregarten/Hagenberg/Wartberg and to the city transport services in Freistadt, but not to any other city transport services.) The number of zones travelled must be equal or lower. Special regulations apply in the core zones of Linz, Wels and Steyr.

Salzburg: Yes, but for regular transport services only.

Vorarlberg: Here, it is allowed to use any public transport service. Private buses can only be used if they are operated as school buses on behalf of ÖBB-Postbus GmbH.

Tyrol: Yes, different means of transport may be used on the same route.

Carinthia: Free choice of transport means applies within every single zone. For routes covering several zones, both means of transport must follow exactly the same zone sequence to allow the free choice of using either one or the other (in the zones Klagenfurt and Villach only in regional transport services up to the endpoint).

Styria: Yes, if the operating transport undertakings are part of the Transport Association.

May I also travel on other routes with my free travel card (e.g. practical training as part of my course of studies, vocational school)?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: No, this is not possible (also applies to practical trainings). For mandatory practical trainings, a school commuting grant [Schulfahrtbeihilfe] may be applied for at the tax office at the place of residence.

Upper Austria: No, this is not possible. Exceptions for travels on other routes are only possible if the zone of boarding and alighting is identical to the route specified on the ticket and if the other route is shorter and not longer than the one specified on the ticket (max. the same number of zones).
There is no free travel for practical trainings (with the exception of nursing students at the place of their school = identical with hospital).

Salzburg, Tyrol, Styria: No, this is not possible.

Vorarlberg: No, this is not possible. For travels to practical trainings or vocational schools for example, it is possible to apply for a special student or apprentice ticket, the ?Schüler- or Lehrlingsplus-Ticket?.

Carinthia: No, this is not possible. Exception: It is possible only if additional zones are purchased. As a rule, a separate application is required for the attendance of a vocational school.

Can I get free travel to my boarding school and back home (place of residence)?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: No. In the regions of Lower Austria North/East and West we recommend purchasing a commuter card [Zeitkartenausweis] (formerly called ?Halbpreisausweis?). This can be requested from the driver for ? 5.00 and must be confirmed by the boarding school. The commuter card is then valid for the entire school year. With this commuter card, a ticket must be purchased at the start of the journey; the discount is about 45%.
Information for all asylum seekers: asylum seekers must contact European Homecare to get assistance in obtaining the free travel card for the Postbus.

Upper Austria, Carinthia: No, because these trips are actually not regularly made (at least 4 times a week). Note: You can apply to the tax office for reimbursement for travels home on weekends.
Tip for Upper Austria: With the youth fare in the OÖVV, youths get 50% discount up to the day before their 21st birthday. After that, you get a 50% discount with the ÖBB-Postbus card on the motor vehicle service [KFL] fare. The card can be requested from the driver for ? 5.00 and must be confirmed by the boarding school. The commuter card is then valid for the entire school year. With this commuter card, a ticket must be purchased at the start of the journey. The card is valid for as long as you get family benefits [Familienbeihilfe] (max. up to the age of 26).

Salzburg: Free travel is not possible for the journey between the place of residence and the boarding school (weekend!).

Vorarlberg: No. Exception: If you purchase a Schülerplus ticket, you can travel for free on this route.

Tyrol: No, this is not possible.

Styria: No, here we recommend getting a discount card [Ermäßigungsausweis]: Costs ? 5.00; 50% discount; available from the driver.

Can I also travel during the (summer) holidays with my free travel card for students (Schülerfreifahrtsausweis)?

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: No. Exceptions: On the city transport services in Amstetten, Waidhofen/Ybbs, St. Pölten, Krems, Zwettl and Vienna Neustadt, the network tickets are also valid during the (summer) holidays in the respective city region. For other services, holiday cards can be purchased.

Upper Austria: No, with the following exceptions:
Exception 1: free travel is possible on days off individually granted by schools [schulautonom freie Tage]
Exception 2: with the ?Schüler Plus? card it is possible to travel for free during the ?short holidays? (Christmas, semester, Easter holidays as well as school-free days stipulated by law). A holiday ticket is available for the summer holidays.
Exception 3: special regulations apply in the core zones of Linz, Wels and Steyr.

Salzburg: No. Exception: During the "short holidays", a surcharge ticket (Aufzahlungskarte) and in the summer holidays, holiday cards (Feriencards) are available.

Vorarlberg: No. Exception: The purchase of a ?Schülerplus? ticket entitles to free travels also during the holidays.

Tyrol: No. Exception: if you have selected a surcharge model such as Kompakt or Komfort ticket.

Carinthia: No. Exception: the Plus card entitles to travel on the specified route (for city transport services, on all lines) during the ?short holidays? (Christmas, semester, Easter holidays) as well as on Sundays and bank holidays. The Komfort card is basically the same as the Plus card, but it can also be used for travels during the summer holidays.

Styria: free travels during the ?short holidays? only. Exception: holiday cards can be purchased.

Do I have to pay if I forget to take my card with me?

Austria-wide: yes. (Exception: transitional period after school has started)

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland: If the driver knows the student (because he/she is travelling daily on the same bus), there will be an oral ?reprimand?. If the driver does not know the student, his/her data will be recorded and the student has 3 days to show the card either to the driver or at the transport station. After these three days or if the reprimand did not show the desired result, the student will have to pay.

If I have to pay, do I get my money back when I have my card on me again?

Austria-wide: no, the fare will not be refunded.