Buy Swiss Half fare card on reaching Switzerland?

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Mar 21, 2018 - 5:59 PM


I plan to arrive in Lausanne via train from Paris on 20 April. I have read that it is advisable to buy tickets to mountains after seeing the weather is fine. I was wondering if it then makes sense to buy Swiss Half Fare card also later?

  • Can I buy the Swiss half fare card at Lausanne train station by paying in cash?
  • Does it gets active the same day I buy it?
  • Is there any difference in prices online or buying it physically?
  • Do I need any document (apart from my passport) to buy it? Passport size photos?


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Mar 21, 2018 - 7:37 PM in reply to Pragun

  • Yes.
  • Whichever date you nominate.
  • No.
  • Just passport; no additional photo required. It’s most convenient to purchase on line and print at home. Presumably if you don’t go up a mountain you’ll do something else with the “card”

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