Purchase of tickets with half fare card

Purchase of tickets with half fare card

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Lee28
Lee28
3 posts
new member
Jul 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Hello,

I am planning a trip from the UK to a few destinations in Switzerland. Our trip plan is -

Paris - Sarnen

Sarnen - Zermatt

Zermatt - Paris

Plus a few day trips, like Sarnen - Lucerne and taking the train to the Jungfrau.

I think that the half fare card works out best for my travel plans, but please let me know if you think another pass would be better value for money. Also, I am unsure on how to get the saving when booking online.

If anyone knows whether you can buy the half fare card online and then buy your tickets for travel in Switzerland online (using the 50% discount), that would be very useful. I am thinking that it would be better to have tickets ready (rather than having to purchase at the stations).

Many thanks in advance,

Lee

Annika
Annika
4417 posts
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Jul 20, 2016 - 5:56 AM

Hi Lee,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! The Swiss Half Fare Card will work well, but I can't say whether it's cheaper than a Swiss Travel Pass. That depends on how long you'll stay and which day trips you plan to make. Please see here for how to choose the best pass.

You can visit www.swisstravelsystem. co.uk to purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the card within a few business days (no delivery fees), so you can print it at home.

Whether you buy tickets before or after you buy the card does not matter, as long as you have both when you board the train.

Enjoy your stay!

Lee28
Lee28
3 posts
new member
Jul 20, 2016 - 8:23 AM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika,

Thank you for the information! Just one further question; you say that it doesn't matter whether we purchase tickets before of after we have the half fare card, but how would we receive the 50% discount for the service from Basel-Sarnen for instance (on the Paris-Sarnen part of the journey) if we didn't already have the half fare card? I have looked online and can't seem to find an option for purchasing rail tickets with a half fare card? Are you able to explain please?

Many thanks,

Lee

Arno
Arno
7719 posts
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moderator
Jul 20, 2016 - 10:33 AM in reply to Lee28

Hi Lee,

You just select the half fare option; they won't check if you actually have a Swiss Half Fare Card at the time of booking. The train staff will check that. The half fare option is not widely available on online booking sites. The SBB site and their app have this option. Note that tickets don't book out so you can also buy tickets from the machines or staffed ticket windows just before your trip.

Last modified on Jul 20, 2016 - 10:33 AM by Arno
Lee28
Lee28
3 posts
new member
Jul 20, 2016 - 11:26 AM

This is very useful Arno; thank you! I was concerned that the trains would book out, so that's good to know. I would always book a seat in the UK if I was using a long-distance train, or needed to get on a specific time train, but useful to know that this isn't the case for the Swiss trains.

Many thanks,

Lee

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