Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Children under 16 travel for free.

WHO

WHAT


Overview

Discover Switzerland by trains, buses, boats and scenic mountain trains.

This is a truly incredible offer on some of the most scenic railways in all of Europe. The Swiss Half Fare Card isn’t just a Swiss train discount of 50% that lasts a month ! It’s a Swiss train discount, and a Swiss bus discount, and a Swiss boat discount, and a Swiss mountain railway discount, at 50% off, all lasting for a full month ! That’s a Swiss half fare that’s ideal for longer stays in Switzerland, especially since there’s public transportation in 75 towns and cities to use it in ! How about that ! A country that’s already famous for chocolate found a way to be even more tempting !


Bernina Express Scenic Train.

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

For many trains in Switzerland, seat reservations are not required. Simply board the train with your rail pass and choose 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

Rail pass benefits

More than just trains

And the Swiss Half Fare Card is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. You'll get discounts on buses and trains or hotels or cruises or ferries or museums or activities, and more.
With the Swiss Half Fare Card, the benefits like the connections it provides - are everywhere. Whether you are an adventurous traveler or avid planner, the Swiss Half Fare Card is your pass to freedom and an unforgettable journey of discovery.


Travel forum

From our travel community

Best mountain destinations to visit around geneva? interlaken/jungfrau region? glacier 3000? We’re family of four visiting Geneva in July. What’s the best mountain place to visit around/outside of Geneva in a day.Any thoughts about Interlaken- Jungfrau region or glacier 3000. Thank (...)

rigel bongoyan | 18 May 2012 complete | 5 Comments
9 full days in switzerland, have quite a list of places to see - need train help :) arriving Zurich late June 11th want to see the following Mount Pilates Mt Titlis jungfrau top of the world train Trift Bridge Glacier express from St Moritz to Zermatt Matterhorn Geneva day trip from Geneva to Mount Blanc (...)

Shirley Novak | 18 February 2022 complete | 39 Comments
Eurail global pass transportation coverage Hi there, I planned to get Eurail Global Pass to travel Italy, Switzerland and Paris. Here my questions whether Eurail Global Pass covered all below, please state YES or No, so that I can plan accordingly: 1. Fiumicino Airport to Rome (...)

Steve Leong | 13 October 2012 complete | 5 Comments
Does eurail global pass cover: zurich airport-zurich-lucerne (lucerne metro)-kussnacht-lucerne-geneva-golden pass-paris (paris (...) Hi there, I planned to get Eurail Global to travel to Switzerland, France and Italy. Here my questions whether Eurail Global Pass covered all below, please state YES or No, so that I can plan accordingly: 1. Train from Zurich Airport to (...)

Chap Tan | 14 May 2023 complete | 6 Comments
Golden pass from montreux to lucerne vs. going from montreux to gruyeres before heading to lucerne So,we currently have a reservation on hold for the Golden Pass Train from Montreux to Lucerne on June 2nd (the day after construction is complete but I am starting to second guess this trip as it appears it is going to take 8 hours. We (...)

Mark Sneed | 18 April 2016 complete | 15 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. How do I validate a Eurail Italy pass ?

  • Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board Frecciarossa trains ?

  • Q. What is the specificity and main difference between a Swiss Pass and a Point to Point ticket ?

  • Q. What is the definition of a travel day ?

  • Q. Are there shower facilities onboard trains ?

  • Q. What are the main differences between a Eurail Global Pass and a Eurail Select Pass ?

  • Q. How do I obtain AVE tickets ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the TGV (French high speed trains) ?

  • Q. Can I obtain a discount in Great Britain when I buy a Eurail or Eurail Select Pass ?

  • Q. Can I travel back and forth between countries that are mentioned on my Rail Pass ?

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