May 4, 2016 - 2:16 PM
Hi franfran, and welcome to MySwissAlps!
The "Half fare travelcard" is nearly the same thing as the Swiss Half Fare Card. It's the one year version for Swiss citizens. You can pick the option for tickets within Switzerland. For international journeys things are different sometimes. Note that it's not necessary to book tickets in advance. Trains do not book out so you can also get a ticket from the machines a few minutes before departure.
There is no product called swiss travel card. Do you mean the Swiss Travel Pass? One can't say one product is cheaper than the other as it depends on your travel plans. The Swiss Half Fare Card provides 50% off on nearly all transportation. The Swiss Travel Pass includes free traveling, free museums, 50% off mountain transport (some exceptions apply: Jungfraujoch 25% off, Rigi is free, Schynige Platte and Mürren are free). A Swiss Half Fare Card would work out too expensive for some itineraries, but will be the better deal for others. It's a matter of doing the math as explained here.
Please see here for what's included:
Last modified on May 4, 2016 - 2:18 PM by Arno