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Jul 8, 2022 - 12:21 AM


We will be traveling from Munich to Switzerland.

Our itinerary is as follows:

4 days Lucerne

4 days Interlaken

2 days Zermatt

1 night Chur

We have made reservations for the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Chur and the Bernina Express from Chur into Italy via Tirano . We haven't made any plans yet within these locations. We plan to visit Bern, Jungfrau, and some of the smaller villages in the Berner Oberland.

I have two main questions:

1. If we purchase the Half Fare Card, can we book our tickets from Munich on SBB using the half-fare discount? The site says we will need a physical card as opposed to a digital copy. Our other option is to book Munich-St. Margrethen on bahn.de and then book the Swiss portion separately.

2. Based on the itinerary above, is just a half-fare card our best option? I don't think we will move around enough to justify a Swiss Pass, but maybe some combination of Saver Passes?

Thank you in advance!

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expert &
Jul 8, 2022 - 5:22 PM in reply to Jrzgrl

Hi Jrzgrl,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

1. If you have a Swiss Half Fare Card, you pay only half the price of regular train tickets in Switzerland as explained here: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/howtouse. You can book the tickets online here or through the SBB app or website. You need to arrange for a separate ticket to cover your journey from Munich to St Margrethen. More info here; www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/germany

The Swiss Half Fare will work for your trip if you don't mind buying tickets for each trip. You can also take advantage of discounted Saver Day Pass, which might be the best option for your trips on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express.

Options to purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card here: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/price



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expert &
Jul 9, 2022 - 8:18 AM in reply to Jrzgrl

Hi Jrzgrl,

Which pass is best, depends on the details of your trip. You can calculate your options with the guide and downloads here: https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

A Swiss Travel Pass can still be a good choice. Its flexibility is great, and a 15-day pass for CHF 429 comes down to CHF 28.60 per day. This is good value compared to normal Swiss ticket prices.

Note that the Saver Day Pass doesn't provide discounts on mountain trips (with a few exceptions):


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