Oct 1, 2014 - 2:06 PM
in reply to Arno
It appears you are correct that this part of the SBB web site is not validating the date-of-birth for purchase of the 1-day travelpass (I tried entering a older age and it did not reject it). I had assumed that it was checking because when ordering the Swiss Family Card it does validate date-of-birth.
It also makes sense that SBB should have consistent policy across all ticket types with respect to age cut of for child fares, however the language used for the different tickets is quite distinct and clear...
On the Swiss Pass pages it states... "Children under the age of 16 travel free of charge" no ambiguity there.
On the Discounts for Children page it says... "Children under 6 years travel free of charge when accompanied by a person holding a valid ticket." and then further goes on to say "When accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, children aged 6 to 16 years can travel 2nd class for CHF 16 for the whole day." And on the 1-day travelpass for children it says "each child between 6 and 16."
I've checked the german/french/italian versions of the page to make sure that meaning was not lost in translation. So, I believe that the SBB web site is quite clear... 16 year olds qualify for child fares for regular ticketing and are eligible for significant discount "When accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket." and I see no reason as to why a Swiss Transfer Ticket for the adult would not qualify.
The links in your reply point to MySwissAlps pages, but the authority on this topic would be the SBB's own web site from which I quote... http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets-for-switzerland/children.html