Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Offers 50% discount to use trains, buses, boats and public transportations in 75 cities.
  • Children under 16 travel for free.

WHO

WHAT


Overview

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

Switzerland can be discovered by trains, buses, boats and scenic mountain trains. Use the Swiss half fare card to get one month’s of half-price travel, while children under 16 travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult who is a holder of a Swiss Family Card.


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How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 country combinations for extensive travel on the national rail networks. Going for an extended trip? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering rail travel in 28 different countries.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service, First or Second, selected 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.

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. I want to refund my rail pass. How do I proceed?

  • Q. How far in advance can I buy my rail pass?

  • Q. What food and drink options are on board?

  • Q. Should I buy my rail pass or train ticket before I leave for Europe?

  • Q. Do you offer maps of European train stations?

  • Q. What should I do if a strike has been announced in the country I’m traveling to?

  • Q. If there’s been a strike, how do I request reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan™?

  • Q. Who should I contact to book travel for a group of 10 or more people?

  • Q. I’m leaving for Europe within 3 days and need to buy train tickets or rail passes. What are my options?

  • Q. I received my e-ticket as a pdf but wasn’t able to print it. Can I print it at the station?

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raileurope protection plan
We've got you covered, add Rail Europe's Rail Protection Plan to your booking. We offer an exclusive Rail Protection Plan™ that gives you the flexibility to change your train ticket, rail pass, reservation and select activities with no questions asked. You'll also be protected in the event of a railroad strike for train tickets, and in the case of loss or theft of paper tickets, rail passes, city passes or tours.

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