Need help with various train passes/cards

Need help with various train passes/cards

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AugustW
AugustW
2 posts
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Jan 22, 2016 - 3:06 AM

My wife and I are taking our twin 15 year olds to Switzerland in 3 weeks. We will be taking 3 train trips over 4 days.

Zurich Airport-Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz - Basel

Basel -Zurich Airport

I have read that if my wife and I buy 1/2 price cards for $120 CHF each we can get a free family card that allows the children to travel with us for free. Is this the least expensive way for us to travel? If so, do the kids need train tickets or do we just show the family card? Any advice is most appreciated..

Thanks in Advance,

AW

Arno
Arno
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Jan 22, 2016 - 3:50 PM in reply to AugustW

Welcome AW!

If this is actually all the traveling (so no cable cars, boat trips, etc.), then a Swiss Half Fare Card will not save you money (see here for how to verify). I'd recommend regular tickets for the adults and two Junior travelcards for the twins. These cards are available online, but only combined with other rail passes. Separate ones can be purchased from staffed rail stations in Switzerland.

An additional way to save some money is Supersaver tickets for the adults, but beware of their limitations (fixed departure times, no refunds).

I hope this was useful. Enjoy your stay!

AugustW
AugustW
2 posts
new member
Jan 22, 2016 - 5:15 PM in reply to Arno

Arno,

Thank you so much for your reply. Supersaver tickets do appear to be best at least for the last two legs. I don't want to depend on the Airlines to insure we make the 1st leg. If we get the Junior travelcards do the children need proper tickets as well or is their travelcard enough.

Thanks again,

AW

Arno
Arno
7728 posts
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Jan 22, 2016 - 5:45 PM in reply to AugustW

Hi AW,

Glad to help! The children don't need tickets. Just the Junior travelcards and tickets for the adults are sufficient.

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