Cheaper to buy Swiss rail pass in Switzerland?

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rubyng
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Feb 9, 2017 - 7:15 AM

I'm from Australia. Will it be cheaper for me to purchase Swiss railway pass after I arrive in Switzerland?

Ruth

Arno
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Feb 9, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for joining MySwissAlps! I assume you mean the Swiss Travel Pass, right? It's not cheaper to buy in Switzerland. You can compare all purchase options on myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/price. The easiest way to buy is to go to www.swissrailways.com/ en, pick your pass and select the number of passengers. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the pass within 1-3 business days (no delivery fees), so you can print it at home. That saves you time on arrival as you can skip the ticket office and board your first train immediately.

Alternatively you can have a look at www.happyrail.com/en/p ass/europe/switzerland /swiss-travel-pass-consecutive. Their pass prices are low, but the exact amount you pay depends on the type of credit card you have.

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM by Arno
rubyng
rubyng
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Feb 9, 2017 - 8:34 AM in reply to Arno

Many thanks for the information.

Ruth

SummitClym
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Feb 9, 2017 - 7:31 PM in reply to Arno

Can I ask a little differently?

Is it more expensive to buy upon arrival in CH? For those of us who travel more spontaneously. I purchased the half fare card at the Zurich airport but don't remember if it was more costly.

Thanks

Arno
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Feb 9, 2017 - 7:57 PM in reply to SummitClym

Hi SummitClym,

There is not one answer that suits everyone, as it depends on where you live (local retailers, exchange rates) and which pass you need. But in general, at this point in time, buying in Switzerland takes more time but costs the same. Sometimes buying online is not only quicker but also cheaper. All buying options (online and upon arrival) are on all of our pass pages, so you can best have a look there. In case of the Swiss Half Fare Card, please see myswissalps.com/ swisshalffarecard/ price. A Swiss Half Fare Card can be purchased online and printed at home. You'll receive it through e-mail within a business day, or 3 at the most (will be instantly at some point). That way you can skip the line at the staffed ticket desk.

This page might be of interest: myswissalps.com/train/ ticketspasses/practica l/wheretobuy.

Last modified on Feb 9, 2017 - 7:58 PM by Arno
Arno
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Feb 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM in reply to rubyng

Hi Ruth,

I just noticed that a purchase through www.raileurope-world.com/pass/swiss-travel-pass-82 is slightly cheaper too, even with their handling fee included. Things like that change based on exchange rates. An up to date overview of your options is always available on the Swiss Travel Pass page.

Last modified on Oct 27, 2017 - 3:27 PM by Arno
rubyng
rubyng
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Feb 12, 2017 - 11:57 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks for letting me know.

Ruth

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