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.

Common Questions

Benefits

More than just trains

 Main discounts and bonuses in Swiss Half Fare Card


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From our travel community

About swiss pass I am travelling from Zurich to Interlaken then Lucerne and back to Zurich for 5 days. Can Swiss Pass cover these destinations? (...)

Aishah Y. | 31 August 2017 answered | 0 Comments
Swiss half fare card Will be traveling to Swiss in less than a week and will be staying for 3 days in Interlaken area. Thinking to use the Swiss half (...)

Jaideep V. | 25 August 2017 answered | 0 Comments
Zurich to colmar, colmar to bordeaux. I wanted to travel from Zurich to Colmar(stay for couple of days) and then to Bordeaux. Just a one way trip. Should I buy 2 (...)

tien h. | 31 August 2016 answered | 0 Comments
Swiss half fare card & swiss family card Hi I will be travelling with my wife and two children's ( Age is 5.5 yrs). I understand that i can buy Swiss half fare card for (...)

Senthilkumar M. | 25 July 2016 answered | 0 Comments
Do i have to purchase child ticket with swiss half fare card and family card? I have purchased Swiss Half Fare cards for me and my wife. We will be traveling with a Family card for our 8 year old child. On (...)

Viral S. | 5 July 2016 answered | 0 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Does a 1st Class ticket guarantee you a seat on the train?

  • Q.Are dining cars available on all trains in Europe?

  • Q. Can I buy my Swiss pass once in Switzerland?

  • Q. Can I buy my pass in Europe?

  • Q. How do I validate my German Rail Pass Extension?

  • Q. What is the refund policy for tickets?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Lyria tickets?

  • Q. Are overnight train accommodations expensive?

  • Q. Are there family passes?

  • Q. When do I need to check-in before boarding a TGV train?

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