SBB passengers will be able to exchange Swiss Francs for the digital currency Bitcoin at all ticket machines, but it will not be accepted as a method of payment.

SBB is providing ticket machines as a Bitcoin distribution channel for financial services company SweePay, and the digital currency has gained attention because of its low transaction fees.

Transactions will be limited to SFr 500 ($US 507) each, and will be available through the entire distribution network of more than 1000 ticket machines.