Jun 10, 2010 - 9:11 AM
Hi Frans and welcome to this forum! A Swiss Half Fare Card
can indeed be more economical if you'll be making only one longer train journey and mostly short, regional trips. However, exact calculations should be made to be entirely sure. If you have in mind which trips you'll be making, you can follow the tips in our rail FAQ
to calculate which pass is best.
If you purchase a free STS Family Card along with your Swiss Half Fare Card, children up to (and including) 15 years old will indeed travel along for free, even in cable cars and mountain trains. Children up to 5 years old travel for free anyway, as long as they're accompanied by an adult.
The Swiss Half Fare Card can be purchased at the railway station of Zurich Airport. It's for sale online
The Swiss Half Fare Card will be valid until the Swiss-German border. Once in Germany, it's not valid anymore. A map showing the area of validity can be reviewed by clicking the link 'Overview of the network on which the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid' at the Swiss Half Fare Card page