URGENT QUESTION! Half-fare card

URGENT QUESTION! Half-fare card

Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Google+ Share this page on Twitter Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 15. This thread is closed.
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 10, 2010 - 2:06 PM
Please help me, I've only now realized that I can't buy the Half-Fare Card in my country! I need the Card on June 23, as soon as I arrive in Geneva Airport! And I've read that Half-Fare Cards can't be purchased inside Switzerland!! What do I do now??!!!
Olga
Olga
460 posts
top member
Jun 10, 2010 - 2:17 PM
Hello drtib, Half Fare cards can be purchased in Switzerland. You can also order it online on the Swiss Half Fare card page. Depending on where you live, there are several delevery options. You will find more information on the mentioned page. In many the cases the Pass will arrive in time.

I hope this answers your question.

Good luck,

Olga
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 10, 2010 - 2:41 PM
Thank you, Olga. But how do I know if they'll sell it at Geneva Airport?
Olga
Olga
460 posts
top member
Jun 10, 2010 - 3:03 PM
I'm pretty sure that you can purchase your Swiss Half Fare card at the railway station at Geneva Airport. To be sure you can contact the Swiss Federal Railways. Have you already checked if ordering online, as I suggested, may solve something?

Olga
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 10, 2010 - 3:15 PM
Thanks. No, they only sell online for certain countries.
Arno
Arno
7313 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 10, 2010 - 3:49 PM
Hi drtib. The Swiss Half Fare Card is sold to almost any country. Just visit the page Olga mentioned and click "other countries". Shipping costs apply though.
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 11, 2010 - 12:20 AM
Yes, they sell to almost any country by snail mail, with a 10-day processing time after they receive my application form by snail mail, which would be a few days from now. I'd get the Card right after my trip to Switzerland.
Arno
Arno
7313 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 11, 2010 - 1:15 AM
Hi drtib. The railway station at the airport will be able to sell you the card. Enjoy your stay!

For the other readers of this post: you do not have to send an application form through snail mail. If you order as explained above, you can complete your order online. Delivery takes up to 7 working days, depending on the country.
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 11, 2010 - 1:48 AM
In their website they say delivery takes up to 10 days if it's within Switzerland, and longer abroad. The only countries that can buy online are Germany and very few others. The rest have to send a form by snail mail, with a passport photo.
Arno
Arno
7313 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 11, 2010 - 2:08 AM
It seems that we are talking about different ordering options here :-) Are you referring to the website of the SBB? That's not the ordering option we recommended above. You can just go to the Swiss Half Fare card page and click "other countries". Fill out the form, and you will eventually reach a page where you can fill out your address. It accepts almost any country. You can immediately complete your order and payment there, and you do not have to send anything through snail mail. There will probably be better ways to order in the future, but for now, this is the best option I know in order to get this particular pass in advance.
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 11, 2010 - 2:14 AM
Yes, I filled out the form, then it gave me the snail mail address I have to send the form to, and they demand attaching a passport photo, so it can't be done online. And processing takes at least 10 days, they say, once they receive the form by snail mail.
Arno
Arno
7313 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 11, 2010 - 2:20 AM
Ok, I see. Thanks for clearing that up. In which country do you live? Then I'll contact Switzerland Travel Centre to see why it works this way. For now, you can best stick to purchasing the Swiss Half Fare Card at the railway station of the airport. Enjoy your traveling!

I just realised that I recently used the form as well (see attachment), for a Swiss Half Fare Card order to The Netherlands. There was no snail mail required there, so it must be particular countries only that require people to send an application form. Perhaps non-European countries. Anyway, I'll look into it.
Please login to see the attached documents
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 11, 2010 - 4:53 PM
Thanks a million, Arno! You guys are great!

We're in Israel, and we all have the same problem, it's not sold here. Only the Swiss Pass is sold here.
Arno
Arno
7313 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 29, 2010 - 2:55 PM
Hi drtib,

How was your trip? I checked with Switzerland Travel Centre in the mean time. They do not require you to sent anything through regular mail. Please note that Switzerland Travel Centre and the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) are different companies and different websites. If you use this ordering link on our Swiss Half Fare Card page, you'll get to the Switzerland Travel Centre ordering that allows you to complete the order online. You may have somehow ended up on the SBB website or another website and used a different ordering system.

I hope you enjoyed Switzerland!
drtib
drtib
13 posts
new member
Jun 29, 2010 - 6:03 PM
Thank you, Arno. That's indeed what happened. Your info has been invaluable to me!

I returned yesterday. I had the best time. The Bernese Oberland is picture-perfect, like entering a fantasy world of beauty, only it's for real.

Swiss trains are a dream come true too. The Half Fare card (which I ended up purchasing with no problem at the Geneva airport train station)turned out a lot more comfortable for me than I had anticipated, because I'm such an obsessive organizer that, on the first morning, I just handed my itinerary print-out to the wonderfully nice assistant at the Tourist Office and she gave me all the tickets I needed according to my itinerary, so I never had to wait in line to purchase tickets during my stay. She even took the initiative to sell me tickets via different ways, so I'd get varying landscapes instead of riding twice the same route!

Another wet dream: when you arrive in Switzerland, wherever you are, you go into the nearest train station, however small, and say "take all this luggage from me, I don't want to see it again till X day at Y time in Z place", the whole transaction takes about half a minute, and then your luggage appears, waiting for you when you arrive at the designated city and place at the designated time. They were even so nice as to call the Zurich Airport train station from the Interlaken one, to tell them not to lock my luggage for the night because I was arriving later than the luggage storage room would be open. So they opened the storage room especially for me when I arrived. I did a lot of shopping, so twice I went to the train station and sent off heavy baggage to wait for me at Zurich airport. This means your first and last train days are part of the tourism fun, because you're actually traveling with no bags. If you consider how much you save on taxis, how grateful your back is, and how much you enjoy, the price is nothing.

In short, the Swiss travel system is proof of how effective humans can be if they put their minds to it.

ALL SWISS RAIL PASSES

Find out how the several passes work, what they cost and where to buy.

More

HOW TO PICK THE BEST PASS

Having trouble finding the right rail pass? Learn how to pick the one that best fits your plans.

More

THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

Suggestions for day trips and hiking trails in the Swiss Alps.

More

THE HOTELS WE SUGGEST

Browse the hotels that we like. Budget hotels, hotels near the rail stations, mid class hotels, luxurious 5-star hotels, airport hotels and more.

More

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They can arrange for your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2016