Feb 6, 2011 - 6:49 AM
Hello Lee, and welcome! I don't know about the SBB, but the Swiss Half Fare Card can be ordered online from Australia through the Swiss Half Fare Card page
. Click 'Other countries' under the header 'Order your Swiss Half Fare Card here'. A CHF 30.50 delivery fee for DHL shipping applies. I'm not sure where you found the amount of CHF 90.00. Currently, I don't know of any other agents shipping the Swiss Half Fare Card to Australian travellers.
Pre-booking your 50% discounted train tickets for Switzerland can be arranged through the Swiss timetable
. It doesn't matter if you already have a Swiss Half Fare Card when booking, as long as you have all required tickets/passes when boarding the train. You can enter the Swiss leg of your trip in the timetable, click 'Fare/Buy' and follow the ordering process. The Italian leg and seat reservations can be booked through Rail Europe Australia
. As it's an international journey, you also need seat reservations
for the train crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland.
You can also choose to purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card and the discounted Swiss tickets once you are in Switzerland (e.g. in Brig).