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Swiss half fare card Pass

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Overview

Switzerland can be discovered by trains, buses, boats and scenic mountain trains. Use the Swiss half fare card to get one month’s of half-price travel, while children under 16 travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult who is a holder of a Swiss Family Card.

What is included?

  • 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

How does it work?

1. 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.

2. Reserve your seats

Most trains in Switzerland do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any open seat.

3. 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.

Comparison

Rail Passes vs. Train Tickets

Rail Passes Train Tickets
Best for discovering more than 3 cities
Children usually travel free
Often includes travel bonuses
Seat reservations included for most trains

FAQs

Find answers now by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. What is a Rail Pass?

A rail pass is a travel document that entitles you to travel on European trains in a specific geographic area (country/countries), for a specific number of days.

Be mindful that having a rail pass doesn’t necessarily mean that you can hop on any train at will, within the geographical area covered by your rail pass. Depending on the country, the type of train and the route, you may need to purchase seat reservations at an additional cost.

Lastly, rail passes are packed with additional benefits, also known as rail pass bonuses which can range from discounted shopping in retail stores, to preferential rates on other modes of transportation like ferry or bus, to rebates on hotel nights, reduced admission at museums attractions, and more

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

A rail pass and a train ticket are two completely different types of travel documents.

A train ticket is valid for a single journey between two cities. Many tickets also include a reservation, which mean that they are valid only for a specific train, on a specific date and at a given time. To learn more about tickets, read our article: tickets explained.

A rail pass, on the other hand, is good for travel in an entire geographical area (1 country, 2 countries or more). With it you can take as many train trips as you want within that geographical area, for as many travel days as you purchased, within a set period of time (the pass validity period).

Q. What is the difference between a flexi pass and a consecutive/continuous pass?

A flexi pass is valid for a specific number of travel days to be used within the overall validity period of that rail pass. For example, 15 days of unlimited train travel to be used within a 2-month period. With this kind of rail pass, you can pick and choose any days (they don’t have to be consecutive) to travel within the rail pass’ validity period.

Continuous (or consecutive) rail passes such as the Eurail Global Pass, are valid for unlimited train travel during the whole duration of the pass’ validity period. In other words, with a 15-day Eurail Global Pass, you can travel for 15 consecutive days by train. Even if you don’t take the train each and every day, those days will be considered used

Q. What is a travel day on a rail pass?

A travel day on a rail pass is a 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight, during which you can take as many train journeys as you desire. Since rail passes use calendar days, journeys within 24-hours of each other but on different days will count as two travel days.

Q. What is the "validity period" of a rail pass?

The validity period of a rail pass is the time period in which you must complete your travels with your rail pass. This period is calculated from the date stamped on the rail pass by the railway official.

With a flexi pass this period is defined as a certain number of calendar months – typically one or two.

With a continuous day pass the validity period equals the number of travel days.

Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

In general, yes, but there are some exceptions and a few rules to keep in mind.

First, be mindful that some trains (such as high speed, scenic, and night trains) require rail pass holders to purchase reservations at an additional cost.

For international train journeys, be sure that your rail pass covers the country of departure, country of arrival, and any countries through which your train will travel.

Lastly, some private rail lines in certain countries don’t offer reservations for rail pass holders and don’t accept rail passes. In these cases, you can purchase a train ticket locally for the desired journey.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.