New public transport app: No-click start to your trip
Press release, 3 July 2017
The new PostBus App is more than just an app for the Postbus. It presents timetable connections in a completely new way and enables the purchase of public transport tickets for the whole of Switzerland. The new app has been available for iOS and Android smartphones since 3 July and replaces the existing PostBus App.
As of 3 July, there’s a new PostBus App for smartphones. At the heart of this PostBus App is the innovative new timetable display, the first of its kind ever used in Switzerland. Customers can set up to 10 favourites in the app. These are destinations that users choose most often, for example their home, place of work or addresses of relatives and friends. When a customer launches the PostBus App, the connections from their current location to these destinations are displayed automatically. A clock shows how long the user has left before they need to get moving from their current location. This is known as the countdown display. It is of course also still possible to look up a timetable in the conventional way. Both the timetable display and the countdown display appear on the app’s homepage, along with a map for easy orientation.
Public transport tickets for the whole of Switzerland
Also new is the ability to purchase public transport tickets for all transport companies in the whole of Switzerland with the PostBus App. Travellers can use the timetable display to purchase electronic tickets for almost all fare networks. The only exceptions are the ZVV and Unireso networks. It is also possible to buy tickets for journeys that cross the network borders, which means that with the new PostBus App, a customer can also purchase a public transport ticket from Zurich to Berne, or for a mountain railway or cable car. This makes the new PostBus App the universal app for the entire public transport system, and not just for PostBus routes.
Customers who use the new PostBus App as a ticket machine can pay for their tickets with a credit card or Postcard. The new PostBus App has been available for download since 3 July. Customers who have already used the PostBus App will receive the new app automatically or can get it with a manual update. The previous PostBus App is no longer available.
Multi-modal route planner coming this autumn
With the new app, PostBus has taken the first big step into the future world of combined mobility. In autumn, PostBus will integrate the functionality of this app into a multi-modal route planner to offer a national electronic mobility platform. Customers will then receive a variety of suggestions for travel with different means of transport for a requested route. In addition to public transport, these will also include taxi services, bicycle and walking routes, private transport and sharing services. PostBus has already successfully tested an electronic mobility platform of this kind called NordwestMobil as part of a pilot project in the Basel region.
An evaluation of the pilot project has shown that users appreciate a multi-modal travel companion. They want the app to show them different transport options for a given journey, which they can then combine with each other as required. In addition to the wide range of travel options, test users also responded positively to the very intuitive and individualized design of the app, all of which is now incorporated into the new PostBus App with its customized favourites and the countdown display.
The smartphone is becoming increasingly important as a travel companion. (Photo: PostBus)