Is Swiss Half Fare Card really a good deal?

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Apr 14, 2018 - 9:03 PM in reply to Rubmat

Hello Rubmat,

If you read the forum rules you would understand that advertising is not permitted.

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Apr 19, 2018 - 4:30 AM in reply to Chantal

Hello Chantal,

I checked the link provided, and it looks like the ecard can be purchased by 3 vendors - Rail Europe and ACP Rail both list the pass for $132US and Happy Rail lists for CHF 119, which is equivalent to ~ $123 USD ( exchange rate today). Does it really make a difference which vendor is used?

If I'm reading the map correctly ( /stories/maps/Swiss-Map-2017-2.jpg), the half fare works for boat rides on Lake Geneva, Lake Thun, Lake Luzern and lifts at Rigi and Interlaken all the way up to Murren. It's not clear to me if the pass is valid for Jungfraujoch and Gonergrat because the red lines are dotted and not solid. I don't believe that Klein Matterhorn accepts this pass either.

Can you help clear this up?

Thank you, Phil

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Apr 19, 2018 - 4:59 AM in reply to philwalk

Hello Phil,

You can buy with confidence from any retailer listed on this page. Pick the best price.

You will find the definitive map here. Read the legend at right specifically for the Swiss Half Fare Card.

Solid and dotted lines are discounted 50% including Jungfraujoch, Gornergrat and Klein Matterhorn.

Last modified on Apr 19, 2018 - 5:04 AM by rockoyster
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Apr 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM in reply to kim11

Hello kim11,

With a Half Fare Card to buy train ticket for each journey,

  1. is there a customer service ticketing counter at train stations to buy tickets on actual day of travelling?
  2. or only purchase train tickets using ticketing machines? CHF notes acceptable with change refund? (if still hold sufficient CHF notes, we would not prefer to use credit card due to exchange rates and bank charges).

Thank you in advance.

Best regards,


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Apr 22, 2018 - 10:17 AM in reply to MayT

Hi May,

On staffed stations there is a ticketing counter. There are always ticketing machines too, or the option to buy online. Sure, the Swiss franc (CHF) is the only official currency so no problem paying with it. Credit cards and many debit cards work as well. There is always a cost involved as getting cash is subject to a fee as well if your home currency is not CHF.

I'm going to close this thread now. It was initially to discuss if the Swiss Half Fare Card was a good choice for Drsjw, but it has become a long off-topic discussion. Feel free to open a new thread if you have further questions!

Last modified on Apr 22, 2018 - 10:17 AM by Arno

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