Buy tix for others using half fare travel card?

Buy tix for others using half fare travel card?

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ilovemochi
ilovemochi
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Apr 14, 2012 - 2:45 PM
Hi,

I'm planning to travel to Switzerland for 3-4 days with a group of friends this upcoming June. We're considering between getting the half-fare travel card or the Swiss Pass. However I have some confusion with regards to the half-fare travel card.

(1) Suppose that I buy 1 card, can I buy half-fare tickets for my friends or must each of us have our own card to be eligible to buy the half-fare tickets?

(2) If indeed each of us must have our own card, and considering that each card costs 117 Euro, and there's an ongoing promotion of 2-for-1 Swiss Saver Pass for 4 days for 208 Euro, it seems that the Swiss Saver Pass would be a more economical option. Am I right?

Any input to my questions will be greatly appreciated.
rahulagrin
rahulagrin
2 posts
new member
Apr 14, 2012 - 2:50 PM
Hi ,

As far as I know, the 2 for 1 Swiss Saver Pass is not valid for the travel in June, so I am not sure whether you would be able to avail this option. I think you are better off having a half fare card instead.

ilovemochi said: Hi,
I'm planning to travel to Switzerland for 3-4 days with a group of friends this upcoming June. We're considering between getting the half-fare travel card or the Swiss Pass. However I have some confusion with regards to the half-fare travel card.
(1) Suppose that I buy 1 card, can I buy half-fare tickets for my friends or must each of us have our own card to be eligible to buy the half-fare tickets?
(2) If indeed each of us must have our own card, and considering that each card costs 117 Euro, and there's an ongoing promotion of 2-for-1 Swiss Saver Pass for 4 days for 208 Euro, it seems that the Swiss Saver Pass would be a more economical option. Am I right?
Any input to my questions will be greatly appreciated.
ilovemochi
ilovemochi
2 posts
new member
Apr 14, 2012 - 3:08 PM
Thanks rahulagrin for pointing out the availability dates!!!
But my question remains, can I buy half-fare tickets for my friends or must each of us have our own card to be eligible to buy the half-fare tickets?
Wandermann
Wandermann
298 posts
top member
Apr 14, 2012 - 5:06 PM
Hello ilovemochi,

Regarding your questions:
1. Each of the travelers should have a Half Fare Card to be eligible to buy half fare tickets. For an overview of this card see this page. There you'll find a PDF overview of the network on which the Half Fare Card is valid.
2. Indeed, as rahulagrin wrote, the 2 for 1 Swiss Saver Pass can only be purchased if you travel in the months of April and May.

However, which Pass will be more economical depends on the total costs of non-discounted traveling in relation to the discounts a certain Pass will give you. If you are planning to travel over longer distances it might even be better to get Swiss Saver Passes. There's no easy way to tell. If you have an itinerary you can do the necessary calculations using the Swiss Timetable. The FAQ on calculations may be of help. Note that the timetable shows half fare prices by default (uncheck the half fare box if you want to see the non-discounted prices).

I hope this helps you decide.

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