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May 29, 2015 - 9:00 PM

I am going to stay two weeks in Switzerland, going everyday from Nyon to Genève. Is there any discount to do this route over this period?

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May 30, 2015 - 12:21 AM in reply to tjurberg


Follow the link below to find out more about the Swiss Half Fare card and other rail passes that you may find more suitable.

www.raileurope.com/act ivities/swiss-half-fare-card/index.html?gcl id=CKmRn6KY6MUCFYNAaQo dUQEAjQ

Card offers discounts on Swiss transportation for 1 month.50% discount on travel on most trains, buses and boats. A route map is provided with your card. Eligible routes are marked on the map with a continuous or dotted line. 50% discount on public transport in 75 towns and cities.

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May 30, 2015 - 1:19 AM in reply to tjurberg

A a first thought, the Half Fare card mentioned seems reasonable.

It does, however, cost about 120 CHF for one month.

So, you might find that the savings for one round trip per day on commuter rail lines to Geneva is not balanced by a half fare reduction from the card. 10 RT at 120 CHF toatl ----12 CHF cost per day for the benefit from the Half Fare card.

Or, add two weeks of vacation and do a bit of cheap travel...;-)

I don't know it there is some kind of regional discount that helps here.

Not sure where to look....I'd try web searching for Geneva and environs, etc., until the forum moderators come up with more details.

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May 30, 2015 - 7:01 AM

Hi tjurberg!

The two most obvious rail passes to look into would be the Swiss Half Fare Card and the Regional Pass Lake Geneva. Apart from this, the SBB (the Swiss Federal Railways) have some special tickets for frequently used routes too. However, if the return trips Nyon-Geneva are all you need, none of these options will be cheaper than just buying regular full-fare train tickets each day.

If you book a hotel in Geneva, you'll get a free Geneva Transport Card that allows free traveling within the town and its immediate surroundings. That might save a bit. But it looks like your accommodation is in Nyon and not in Geneva, so I think you can't profit from this either.

Note that the price difference between regular tickets and the Swiss Half Fare Card option isn't that big in your case; about CHF 20,- in total. So if you plan to make a few more trips by public transportation, you'll easily make up for this price difference and in that case it will be more economical to get a Swiss Half Fare Card. Purchase options for your specific country are listed here.


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