Companion ticket, Pilatus, Family Card

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May 11, 2017 - 1:00 PM


Had some queries related to train travel and other public transport.

1. How does the companion ticket work? We are 9 people including 6 half fare card holders and 3 children covered in the Family Card travelling from Italy to Switzerland on May 21. I see this companion ticket offer is valid till the very same day. We have to book a ticket from Domodossola to Interlaken and I was wondering if I can opt for this and whether it has any impact on usage of Family Card. Suppose I opt for three of these companion tickets instead of 6 separate individual tickets, would I be still able to use Family Card for the children? Is there a further half fare card reduction on the companion ticket?

2. Two days later I plan to visit Pilatus during the afternoon while travelling from Lucerne. I believe the Zone 10 Lucerne ticket is also valid till Kriens. Since it would be a half day journey is it advisable to take the Golden/Silver round trip or just stick to bus to Kriens and then cable cars?

3. The one-day pass in Lucerne and Zurich, do they also offer free rides for accompanying children with the Family Card? What about the boats, cogwheel and cable cars? Is the Family Card valid in all these other modes of transport too?

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May 11, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Hi viveksinhas,

1. You can only buy the companion ticket with a Swiss Half Fare Card PLUS a 1-day travelpass. It's explained in this topic too. So you would need a 1-day travelpass plus a companion ticket for each day you plan to use this. It requires really long and expensive day trips to make this worth your money. For most trips, just the discounts offered by the Swiss Half Fare Cards will be probably be cheaper.

2. It's certainly advisable to use both the cable car between Kriens and Pilatus and the cogwheel train between Alpnachstad and Pilatus. So yes, a Silver or Golden round trip is worth it in terms of scenery and experience.

3. The Swiss Family Card is only valid along with an STS rail pass such as the Swiss Half Fare Card. So you can't use it along with other passes such as day passes for Lucerne or Zurich. Yes, the Swiss Family Card does allow free traveling for children on boats and mountain transportation. But again, only along with your valid Swiss Half Fare Cards. Please check validity here.

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