One month Half-price card with Family Card

  • Removed user
    52345 posts
    9 January 2011 at 17:20:59 #804088

    I am planning a trip to Switzerland with family. Am I able to purchase the monthly 1/2 price discount pass AND the Family Card in Zurich (ideally Kloten / Flughafen, but could be Zurich HB)? I’ve seen some posts on other sites which mention the 1/2 price card for tourists but not the Family card. Other than a passport do I need to provide the counter agent with any other information or photos?

    I will travel with my wife and two daughters, 13 and 9 years old – their first time in Switzerland. We will take occasional day trips from Zurich.

    Kindly be clear about the availability of the Family card in Switzerland in your reply. Many thanks in advance for your time and help.

    (Auslandschweizer in Texas)

  • Annika
    7001 posts
    10 January 2011 at 15:12:31 #832090

    Hello voit1! Yes, you can purchase your Swiss Family Card along with your Swiss Half Fare Card at the Zurich Airport railway station. Please note that the Swiss Half Fare Card (and other passes of the Swiss Travel System) are only available for non-Swiss residents, so you’ll have to show that you’re now a resident of the USA. I assume this is stated on your passport. If not, other documents should be provided. Your children should either have their own passports, or be mentioned at the parents’ passports. Photos, apart from the one on your passport, aren’t necessary.

    I hope this answers your question. Have a wonderful stay in your native country!

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    10 January 2011 at 16:32:48 #832091

    How do I find the cost of the cog rail or gondola? I plan a holiday to Lucerne in early February.

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    10 January 2011 at 20:22:49 #832092

    Annika – Many thanks for your thorough and quick reply. I wish the SBB web site were more clear on these points – fortunately, I found your helpful web site and forum. My dad is a native Swiss from Zurich and I was born in Texas. Thanks to Swiss law I was able to beome a dual citizen (three if you count Texas – just kidding). I am very happy that I am able to pass Swiss citizenship on to my daughters. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

    Thank you once again!

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    10 January 2011 at 21:04:59 #832093

    nankelleher –
    Are you looking for the Pilatus or Rigi? Both are nice. Pilatus is more “mountainy”, Rigi more connected to the lakes.
    I was looking at the same for my trip in April with family.

    For Pilatus, I believe only the aerial tram from Kriens is open year round. The Cog wheel train opens in late Spring / Summer.

    For Rigi –

    …Hat der Pilatus einen Hut, dann wird das Wetter gut…

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