Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Children under 16 travel for free.

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 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 31 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.

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in Swiss Half Fare Card


Travel forum

From our travel community

How to determine multi country pass needed. My wife and I, both seniors, are flying into Frankfurt, Germany in the beginning of May 2019. We want to take a train from Frankfurt to Switzerland (perhaps Zurich),j stay two days, then to France (perhaps Paris), stay two or three days, then (...)

Edward Cambria | 2019/02/17 pending | 1 Comments
Best pass for travel! Hi, We are a family of 1 senior, 5 adults and 2 children (4 year old) who will be visiting Europe in last week of May for 10 days. We will be in Amsterdam for 3 days, Paris for 5 days and Frankfurt for 2 days. Could you please suggest which (...)

Meghna Singh | 2019/02/13 complete | 1 Comments
Multi city travel- which ticket option and advice? Our party of 2A/2Senior/2C (12 & 7) plan to travel London to Disneyland Paris, then a few days later Paris-Barcelona and a week later, Dover to London St. Pancras. All during July. What would our best ticket option be? Eurail Global, Select or (...)

Karen Gleason | 2019/01/26 complete | 2 Comments
Heathrow express to coventry Flying into Heathrow and then proceeding to the Coventry the same day. As we will be getting a BritRail Pass (flexipass), I understand that i will need to take the Express to Paddington station, transfer from there via the Tube to the Euston (...)

Ravi Sull | 2019/01/01 | 1 Comments
Ticket class exchanges I purchased second class tickets. Is it possible to upgrade and pay the difference for first class?

Marcus Culpepper | 2018/12/05 complete | 1 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

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

  • Q. Are lockers and luggage storage services available at the train station ?

  • Q. Are there shower facilities on board ?

  • Q. Does my train ticket include a seat reservation ?

  • Q. I have a question about my Rail Europe Gift Card. Who should I contact ?

  • Q. Who should I contact with a question about a special offer ?

  • Q. What's the difference between a rail pass and a train ticket ?

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

  • Q. What should I do if a strike has been announced in the country I’m traveling to ?

  • Q. Do you offer maps of European train stations ?

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