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Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

This card provides savings up to 50% off for travel on most trains, boats, and buses in Switzerland.

  • 50% discount on most trains, buses and boats for one month
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Discounts off 1st and 2nd class travel
  • Free Swiss Family Card: Children under 16 travel for free with a parent or legal guardian

WHO

WHAT


Overview

With an excellent rail network and public transportation, Switzerland is a country which is easy to visit. The Swiss Half Fare Card offers a 50% discount for one month of travel.


Bernina Express Scenic Train.
Customer feedback Half Fare card a good option
« For Switzerland the half fare card is a great option if spending time around Interlaken as this area does not accept Eurail passes. The half fare card works throughout Switzerland for a month? or more. IT saved us heaps. »

John F


How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Most trains in Switzerland do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any open seat.

Book Seat Reservations

3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your pass was pre-validated at the time of booking, it is now valid for use for the duration you selected. You're all set and ready to explore.

Common Questions

Benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in Swiss Half Fare Card

    • 50% discount when travelling on board trains, buses and boats.
    • 50% discount when using urban public transport in 75 towns.
    • Free travel for children under 16, accompanied by a parent, holder of a Swiss Family Card.

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From our travel community

Swiss travel pass or swiss travel pass + half fare card Hello, The Swiss Rail Travel Pass and the Swiss Rail Travel Pass + Half Fare Card both name the following benefit:[ul][li]50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass on Cable cars and Mountain trains not included in the Swiss travel System range of (...)

Sherri L. | 2015/08/02 answered | 1 Comments
Montreux and milan day trips with the eurail select pass Hi We are a family of 2 adults and a 7 year old. We’re travelling to Switzerland and Italy and have planned the following train journeys: [ul][li] Geneva to Montreux – one way (Switzerland)[/li][li] Montreux to Zermatt return (...)

Liza L. | 2014/10/21 answered | 5 Comments
How do i purchase a ticket with my swiss half fare card? card? I have already purchased a Swiss Half fare card. I now wish to purchase a ticket and reserve seats on a train from Geneva to Murren but I can't see where to do this and get the Half fare (...)

Steven C. | 2014/05/01 answered | 0 Comments
Glacier express with swiss half fare card I am travelling to Switzerland in July 2014. We wish to purchase a Swiss Half Fare Card and then purchase the Glacier Express tickets at half price but the Rail Europe web site doesn't seem to allow me to do this. Is this possible or do I have (...)

Michael T. | 2014/04/06 answered | 0 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel?

  • Q. Do the prices quoted on the website include all fees and taxes?

  • Q. Do trains offer facilities for handicapped passengers?

  • Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

  • Q. How can I exchange my Trenitalia ticket?

  • Q. What ways can a train ticket be issued? Paper? e tickets?

  • Q. How do I contact you while I’m in Europe?

  • Q. I just landed in Europe. How do I get to the train station from the airport?

  • Q. Can I get a refund for unused days on my rail pass?

  • Q. Can I sit in Second class if I have a First class rail pass?

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