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

Which travel card to buy I am arriving into ZRH at 18:30 on Oct 18. I plan to see Interlaken, Jungfrau, Lucerne, Mount Tiltlis and then back to ZRH on Oct 21 Need help with buying the appropriate travel card

Sadia | 9a aŭgusto 2018 | 3 Comments
Eurail germany-switzerland pass or swiss pass ? Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass - Itinerary (Zurich to Lucern. Lucern to Interlaken. Lucern to Franfurt Airport) Needing assistance with benefits EuroRail Pass vs Swiss Rail vs Tell-Pass makes it confusing. Haven't found a good comparison. (...)

Gary Hicks | 17a julio 2018 complete | 7 Comments
Please help a family of 4 - itinerary aug 1-9...which travel pass??? Hi, we are a family of 4, 2 adults, 2 kids 16 under, travelling to Switzerland for 8 days on Aug 1-9. Our likely itinerary... Into Zurich on Aug 1, including FIFA Museum Into Lucerne on Aug 2, possibly including Transportation Museum Into (...)

Katherine Domont | 20a julio 2018 complete | 5 Comments
Is it worth getting the swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? I've been reading up on Switzerland since will be traveling with a friend in the fall. Rick Steves recommended the Swiss pass so was looking into that. We will be there for about a week so looks like if we got that we would get the 8 day (...)

Meg | 15a julio 2018 complete | 6 Comments
4 days in switzerland - basel/mulhouse to lauterbrunnen, exploring lauterbrunnen (including schilthorn), & return to mulhouse - (...) Hi, can you please recommend a rail pass strategy for a 4-day visit to Switzerland for 2 people. We are flying into Basel / Mulhouse, taking the train to Lauterbrunnen, exploring the Lauterbrunnen area (including Schilthorn) staying 3 nights and (...)

Tim Kearns | 9a julio 2018 complete | 6 Comments

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