Feb 2, 2017 - 10:29 PM
in reply to nutty
I travel periodically for a week or two in Switzerland. For my travel pattern, a Half Fare Travel Card happens to work best for me. Unlike the Swiss Travel Pass, the half fare card requires that I purchase tickets for each journey, so I always have the choice available at every purchase.
I can use it in either first class or second class, depending on my needs.
Second class is quite comfortable, and I use it routinely for short trips. For long trips.. several hours... I frequently buy first class tickets. The seats are a bit more comfortable, and the cars are less crowded.
Sometimes when I am traveling at the same time and in the same direction as the commuters in or out of, for example, Zürich, during rush hours, I buy first class for even a short journey, because the second class cars can be crowded.
Many forms of mountain transport, such as the cograil at the Jungfrau or cable cars such as the lift from Wengen to Männlichen have only one class.