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


Travel forum

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? Does the Swiss Pass cover buses too and unlimited train trips? Do I need to reserve seats in advance for every train (...)

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 fare card. Let me know how to book train tickets, Goldenpass train using this (...)

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 tickets from, Zurich to Colmar and Colmar to Bordeaux OR there is an ALL in ticket covering the area I'm visiting? And do (...)

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 myself and my wife and add kids under Swiss Family card without any additional cost. Please let me know the below (...)

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 the day of the travel, when we purchase tickets for me and my wife at half fare (using half fare card), do we still (...)

Viral S. | 5 July 2016 answered | 0 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Who is eligible to buy a rail pass?

  • Q. How are sleeping compartments kept secure?

  • Q. What is the benefit of buying passes through the group department versus the web?

  • Q. It looks like my train ticket does not include a reservation. How can I add one?

  • Q. Can I choose a specific seat when booking a train ticket?

  • Q. Will I be sharing my sleeping compartment with strangers?

  • Q. I’ve noticed a big difference in the cost of seat reservations for different trains. Why?

  • Q. What if my shipment gets lost?

  • Q. Are there lounges at the train station I can access with my Rail Europe tickets?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it? It’s totally unused.

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