Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Children under 6 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

Is swiss travel pass worth paying the extra money vs. a 1 month half-fare card? Hi, I am planning to travel to Switzerland with my girlfriend. Below are the two itineraries I am considering – the difference (...)

Sam | 17 November 2006 complete | 3 Comments
Can i reserve 1st class on the bernina express, glacier express, & golden pass if i have a 2nd class swiss travel (...) I plan to buy a Swiss Travel Pass for second class travel, but I would like to reserve seats and travel in first class on some of (...)

Victor Kobilansky | 15 June 2003 complete | 11 Comments
Transport 101 for dummies - munich-fussen-salzburg-vienna-budapest-innsbruck-zurich-basel-strabourg-freiburg-lucerne-interlaken-jungfra Hi all,My itinerary is as below1. Munich 3D- day trip to fussen for the castle2. Munich-Salzburg3. Salzburg-Vienna day trip to (...)

Verah Wang | 14 March 2005 complete | 6 Comments
What should i purchase for scenic options from geneva to zermatt, zermatt to bellagio, and bellagio to (...) Hi everyone, me and my husband will be traveling to Switzerland end of this September and want to travel between Geneva and Zermat (...)

nazir ahmad | 17 September 2006 complete | 2 Comments
Grand train tour of switzerland & jungfraujoch Hello,I have purchase the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package which includes the Jungfraujoch top of Europe excursion. (...)

Minh Huynh | 17 August 2016 complete | 1 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Do I need to reserve a seat when travelling onboard a high speed train ?

  • Q. Which Rail Pass is perfect for me ?

  • Q. How do I obtain AVE tickets ?

  • Q. What are the types of sleeping accomodations in overnight trains ?

  • Q. What is the start of the validity of my Rail Pass ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the Thalys between Paris and Brussels or Amsterdam) ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the TGV France –Italy between Paris and Milan ?

  • Q. Can I reserve a seat if I have a Second Class ticket ?

  • Q. Which countries are covered by the Eurail Global Pass ?

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