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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 31 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


Travel forum

From our travel community

First time traveling to nice, france; which product will suit them better? My son and his friend will be traveling to Nice in July this year. They will be traveling by train to other destinations; my question is which would you recommend for them: Rail Map Europe or European Rail Timetable? From the website (...)

jan lighton | 2019/04/17 complete | 1 Comments
With eurail global pass, do i need to pay extra when i make reservations? london-paris, paris-switzerland, switzerland-austria, (...) I will be arriving in London in May last week.my plan is to visit the following placesLondon - ParisParis - SwitzerlandSwitzerland to AustriaAustria FrankfurtFrankfurt Amsterdam Amsterdam to Belgium Belgium back to LondonI am planning to buy (...)

Sri tekal | 2019/04/17 complete | 4 Comments
Dublin to belfast. where does the train drop you off in belfast? are there multiple stops or just one? If you take the train from Dublin to Belfast, where does it drop you off in Belfast? Are there multiple stops or just one stop? Thank you!

Cathy Taing | 2019/04/16 complete | 2 Comments
Disappointed with live chat and was given wrong information I asked the agents (I called back) regarding my planned trip on May 2, 2019. Leaving Tours and returning to Paris at 11:39 a.m. at Paris Montparnasse Station....."Would I be able to make a connection to Marseilles in less than 10 minutes? (...)

Tom Wiley | 2019/04/15 complete | 1 Comments
Best option for rome-florence, florence-murren, murren-london, and then ireland THIS FALL WE ARE TRAVELING FROM ROME TO FLORENCE, THEN TO MURREN SWITZERLAND, THEN TO LONDON AND LASTLY IRELAND. IS THE GLOBAL EURAIL PASS THE BEST WAY TO GO? SHOULD WE FLY FROM ENGLAND TO IRELAND? THANKS (...)

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

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

  • Q. I have my train ticket. Do I also need to buy a reservation?

  • Q. Do I need to book a rail pass for everyone in my traveling party, including children and infants?

  • Q. Do the train stations offer services to help carry my luggage?

  • Q. I need to cancel my trip to Europe. How do I request reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan™?

  • Q. How do I use my Italo print at home e-ticket for travel in Italy?

  • Q. How early should I arrive at the train station?

  • Q. If my train crosses a border, will I need to show my passport to the conductor?

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

  • Q. What information do I need to provide when booking a rail pass? Do the names on the rail pass and the passports have to match?

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