Buying a 9 o'clock one day travel pass

Buying a 9 o'clock one day travel pass

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glyster
glyster
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Aug 13, 2015 - 6:18 AM

I understand that if I use a 9' o'clck One day travel pass, I must have in my possession a "half fare travel card."

My question is ... does it make any difference if I buy my "half fare travel card" from Rail Europe as opposed to SBB?

Thank you.

Annika
Annika
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Aug 13, 2015 - 8:11 AM

Hello glyster, thanks for joining MySwissAlps!

That's correct, the 1-day travelpass is an add-on to the Swiss Half Fare Card. It's explained at www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/detail s.

Retailers for the Swiss Half Fare Card are listed at www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/price. For US residents, the cheapest option is to buy through www.raileurope-world.com: EUR 98. As you can see, SBB prices at www.swissrailways.com are higher: CHF 120.00 (about EUR 110).

Last modified on Aug 13, 2015 - 8:12 AM by Annika
glyster
glyster
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Aug 13, 2015 - 8:37 AM in reply to Annika

Thank you.

Another question if you don't mind. Where and how do I activate my One day travel pass?

Thank you

Guin

Arno
Arno
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Aug 13, 2015 - 5:17 PM in reply to glyster

Hi Guin,

You can buy the pass at the station before you start your trip, either from the staffed service desk or from the machine.

glyster
glyster
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Aug 15, 2015 - 9:22 PM in reply to Arno

I thought that it is possible to buy the monthly all day half fare card online without delivery charge. But I was not able to do so. The system only gave me the option of mail delivery for a fee. Am I correct?

Is it possible for me to buy the one month all day half fare card when I arrive at Zurich airport? Can I buy it from my hotel?

thank you, Guin

Arno
Arno
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Aug 16, 2015 - 6:31 AM

Hi Guin,

What do you mean by "monthly all day half fare card"? If you mean the Swiss Half Fare Card, then please see Annika's post for where you can buy it. The first website she gave you does charge a delivery fee, but the price of the card is low so it's still a very good deal (especially if you need it for more than one person). The second website (www.swissrailways.com) does not charge anything extra and you can print the card at home.

You can also buy it upon arrival, but the online options make sense as they save you money and/or time. Hotels don't sell rail passes.

Last modified on Aug 16, 2015 - 8:08 AM by Arno
glyster
glyster
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Aug 16, 2015 - 10:02 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you for your response.

I have now established an account with SBB and given them my credit card. I also downloaded the app on my cell phone.

Can I buy a "one class upgrade for a specific route" online and present the confirmation email as evidence that I have updated the first class?

Thank you again.

Guin

Arno
Arno
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Aug 16, 2015 - 1:21 PM in reply to glyster

Hi Guin,

I'm not sure if you can buy that online, but if you have a Swiss Half Fare Card there is no need to buy class upgrades. You simply go to the station, buy a ticket for 1st or 2nd class, and board a train.

A confirmation e-mail is not a travel voucher. You need to show the conductor a ticket upon request.

glyster
glyster
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Aug 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM in reply to Arno

From what I can see online, I can buy a all day travel pass that's 2nd class, but for specific trips, I can upgrade to 1st class. I plan t buy 2nd class but for journey from Montreaux to Zweisimmen, I was able to reserve first class VIP seat. I was told that all I needed to do is buy 1st class upgrade for that leg.

I was able to do that on SBB's website, it allowed me to do so for only $12. I didn't go through with the transaction only I want to make sure I don't have to go pickup the ticket somewhere. that's why I was asking the question, will the email confirmation serve as a ticket for the conductor along with my Swiss Half Far Card and my One day Travel Pass.

thank you again...

Guin

Arno
Arno
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Aug 17, 2015 - 6:07 AM

Hi Guin,

I see what you mean now: you intend to use a 2nd class 1-day travelpass and upgrade to 1st class only from Montreux to Zweisimmen. You can arrange all of that at the station before departure. All you need to book in advance is the VIP seat.

If prefer to buy online then make sure you carefully follow the instructions, which will most probably ask you to print your ticket. Just an e-mail is not valid for traveling.

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