Jun 29, 2022 - 12:01 PM
Hi, first of all thank you for all the useful info on this website and the extremely useful spreadsheet for fare calculations. After calculating all the train fares, I realised that the Swiss Half Fare card is a cheaper option for our 7 day trip; after adding in the costs for excursions to Jungfraujoch and First.
I have some additional questions. If I purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card,
1.Can I use the SBB mobile app to purchase the train tickets at half fare, and should I purchase it in advance, or is the price of a normal fare ticket be the same on a day before the trip? Asking this as I think it will be more convenient to purchase on the app then at the station itself.
2. If there are certain days of travel that I will make a few train trips and if there is a day saver passes that is available at lets say CHF29 on certain trip on the SBB app (which I have notice are usually priced at 39(half fare), does that mean that I do not need to purchase additional train tickets for other trips on the train for the same day?
3. We will be travelling to Paris from Grindelwald on our final day of the trip, am I right to assume that the half fare card will be able to cover the trip until Basel; and then from Basel to Gare de Lyon it will be full- fare using TGV Lyria?
4. Finally, if I enter France from Switzerland, will there be any border check? My husband and I are from Malaysia. We will be departing back to Malaysia from Paris.
Thank you so much in advance!