Due to the current global pandemic, Rail Europe is taking all precautionary measures to keep our employees and communities safe. Electronic passes (Swiss Travel Pass, Britrail England and Renfe) are still available for purchase. We have temporarily suspended the sale, printing and shipping of all paper travel documents (including EURAIL).

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

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 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 33 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

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.

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in Swiss Half Fare Card


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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. What are the benefits of registering on the Rail Europe site?

  • Q. If my travel party won’t fill the entire compartment, can we buy it out to travel by ourselves?

  • Q. Do rail passes cover commuter trains or airport shuttle trains?

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

  • Q. What happens if I don’t fill out my rail pass before boarding the train?

  • Q. How much luggage can I take on an overnight train?

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

  • Q. If my train tickets have been lost or stolen, how do I request reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan™?

  • Q. Do I need to show my passport to board the train?

  • Q. How do I use a promo code?

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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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