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 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

Printing renfe tickets at home Hi My booking reference number is 45184701 but I am not able to print tickets. I have booked 5 adult tickets traveling with 2 kids. The tickets are booked for our Spain vacation, following are the details: 20th Feb 2019 - Malaga to Dos (...)

Chandraprakash Singh | 2019/01/19 | 0 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
Exchange ticket I bought a ticket from Barcelona to Paris and I would need to change the date. I tried opening an account but I cannot link the booking number to the new open account to do the exchange. How can I do this (...)

Katia Silvera | 2018/11/08 complete | 2 Comments
I can't find uk as a choice for country of residence when i book ticket from us site I'm booking the rail tickets for me, my boyfriend, and my sister. I live in USA but my sister live UK. Why don't I see UK in the country dropdown list when I tried to book the tickets?

Nicol Liu | 2014/05/11 complete | 7 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. How do I have my train ticket endorsed to indicate it was not used ?

  • Q. Will the conductor take my passport ?

  • Q. Can I print my rail pass at the station ?

  • Q. What fees does Rail Europe charge ?

  • Q. Do I need to purchase a reservation and if I do, how do I book it ?

  • Q. Do I need to tip the train staff ?

  • Q. I placed a booking on your website but received a message saying my booking needs to be reviewed by a Travel Consultant. Why ?

  • Q. Are there lounges at the train station I can access with my Rail Europe tickets ?

  • Q. If there’s been a strike, how do I request reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan™ ?

  • Q. I’ve booked a print at home e-ticket. What do I need to do before getting on board the train ?

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raileurope protection plan
We've got you covered, add Rail Europe's Rail Protection Plan to your booking. We offer an exclusive Rail Protection Plan™ that gives you the flexibility to change your train ticket, rail pass, reservation and select activities with no questions asked. You'll also be protected in the event of a railroad strike for train tickets, and in the case of loss or theft of paper tickets, rail passes, city passes or tours.

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