Half fare and family card

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Kaitlin
Kaitlin
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Oct 4, 2016 - 1:14 AM

We have bought half fare card for 1 month to cover stay in Switzerland. We also have child age 15 and 13. When I look to purchase tickets online I'm not sure what to enter to get child fare free.

Arno
Arno
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Oct 4, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps Kaitlin!

If you have a Swiss Family Card, the children travel for free, so you do not need tickets for them.

Last modified on Oct 4, 2016 - 8:21 AM by Arno
Kaitlin
Kaitlin
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Oct 4, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Thank you for your quick reply!! If I don't book a ticket for them will there def be a seat for them.

also one of the tickets I'm trying to book is from Murren to Milan... How will this work if I don't book a ticket for them?? I am very confused!! It lets you put a junior card but not family card in online??

Arno
Arno
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Oct 4, 2016 - 8:44 AM in reply to Kaitlin

You're welcome!

Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Seat reservations are separate, but very uncommon in Switzerland. No need to have them, except on a few special tourist trains.

A trip to Milan is a bit different because Italy is not covered by the Swiss Half Fare Card. It's explained on the Swiss Half Fare Card page. Basically you buy discounted tickets to the border (Domodossola) for the adults, and no tickets for the children. You can buy those tickets at any time in Switzerland; they do not sell out. From the border to Milan, you can buy tickets in advance for all travelers through any of the websites listed here. These tickets will have seat reservations included.

Last modified on Oct 4, 2016 - 8:45 AM by Arno
rsgjd
rsgjd
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Oct 4, 2016 - 10:21 AM in reply to Arno

Does the same apply for travel from Zurich airport to Wengen return? (2 adults and 3 kids aged 4-9). I pay half price for the 2 adults and all 3 kids are free? is this the same for first and standard class? Thanks

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
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Oct 4, 2016 - 10:35 AM in reply to Arno

Great! That makes it much clearer and no need to rush!!

We are coming to Murren from Munich..... Should we just do the same - what would be the station I should book from to buy tickets with my half fare card...

Thank you soooo much

Arno
Arno
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Oct 4, 2016 - 12:27 PM in reply to rsgjd

Hi rsgjd,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! Yes, sure, this applies to all covered routes in Switzerland (a map can be found here), in either 1st or 2nd class.

Arno
Arno
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Oct 4, 2016 - 12:31 PM in reply to Kaitlin

Hi Kaitlin,

Yes, it works the same way coming from Germany. There are various routes though, so the border station depends on how you travel. It could be Basel, Schaffhausen, Zurich, etc. In this case it could make sense to buy the tickets for the Swiss leg in advance too, even though you don't have to. It would prevent you from getting off the train at the border station. The tickets for the German leg can be found here: myswissalps.com/ traintickets/germany/ price.

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