Swiss rail passes for temporary resident - 1 year

Swiss rail passes for temporary resident - 1 year

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voon25
voon25
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Nov 20, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Hi,

We are a family of 5 (3 kids) will be in Geneva for 8 months.

We would like to travel on and off and especially during weekends to other parts of Swiss.

What travel pass is most suitable?

I read about half fare with family pass available for 1 month to a year. But we don't travel that often, as i am working during weekdays.

Is there any other good options? Is there half fare tickets for weekends with family card?

What about car rental during weekend?

We are considering all option in order to save money.

Merci !

Leow

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
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Nov 20, 2017 - 5:08 AM in reply to voon25

Greetings Leow and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

You might want to look at this for the times you want to do some touring www.sbb.ch/en/travelca rds-and-tickets/tickets-for-switzerland/1-day-travelpass/saver-day-pass.html

The Half-fare Card may be what you are thinking of www.sbb.ch/en/travelca rds-and-tickets/railpasses/hal f-fare-travelcard.html but it is only available with a Swiss Pass. To get a Swiss Pass you need a Passport or ID card issued in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein.

Not sure if your 8 month stay entitles you to an ID Card.

voon25
voon25
6 posts
new member
Nov 20, 2017 - 7:26 AM

Thanks Rockoyster,

I didn't notice that 1 year Half Fare Card needed a Swiss Pass, thanks for the heads up. I hope I can apply 1 with my work/residence permit.

I read in some forums, like glocals.com, some expats manage to get the yearly half fare card without permit, but that was in 2010, 2011.. Not sure now.

Paying monthly for 1 month half fare card would be too expensive for straight 8 months.

Thank you

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Nov 20, 2017 - 7:31 AM in reply to voon25

Ace moderator Lucas will know if your work/residence permit will cut the mustard. 🤓

voon25
voon25
6 posts
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Nov 20, 2017 - 7:34 AM

Oops...

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 20, 2017 - 9:09 AM in reply to voon25

Hi voon25,

If you have a Swiss address and a residence permit that allow you to get a Swiss Pass without issue and then buy a Half Fare TravelCard valid for the year (185chf) which then gets you 50% off all trips.

Children 6-15 can travel for free with you if you get the Junior Card (30chf each).
16 year olds get a discounted half fare travelcard (99chf) and 17 and up pay the normal adult price with you.

Last modified on Nov 20, 2017 - 9:28 AM by Lucas
rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Nov 20, 2017 - 9:14 AM in reply to Lucas

Knew you'd fix it. 🤓

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 20, 2017 - 9:29 AM in reply to rockoyster

Nothing to fix! :)

voon25
voon25
6 posts
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Nov 20, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hi Lucas and Rockoyster..

Thank you for the clarification.

Talking about kids, do I need to get Junior Card ? I read somewhere here that, Swiss Family Card can be apply when purchasing a half fare card which allow kids to travel for free. Correct me if I am wrong..

Thank you

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 20, 2017 - 10:44 AM in reply to voon25

The Swiss Family Card is valid with the Swiss Half fare Card (both for tourists only) not the Half Fare TravelCard (Swiss residents only).

The Junior Card is only 30chf per year.

voon25
voon25
6 posts
new member
Nov 20, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Thank you for the information Lucas. Now I'm clear.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Nov 23, 2017 - 9:19 PM in reply to voon25

Seems it is even simpler than at first thought.

I emailed SBB to ask if in fact I could buy a Half-fare Card as a non-resident.

I now have a lengthy and very thorough email response which in summary says “yes you can”.

To quote from the response . . .

“If you’re a first time customer without an existing SBB customer number an online travelcard order is only possible, if during the automated process, the Webshop can verify your First and Last Name, as well as Date of Birth with a valid government issued photo ID and the respective countries have provided a verification process of some sorts.

Currently the following countries provide the technological means to do so: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland (my emphasis in order to highlight ah ha moment)

If you have an ID or passport from a different country, the SwissPass Half Fare travelcard may be purchased only using these 2 options:

1) By post mail service: order form (including a copy of a valid government issued photo ID, as well a physical photo) and your handwritten original signature. It’s the same which is attached to this email.

2) Directly at any staffed SBB railway station ticket counter (payment in cash, Reka Checks or by credit card).

Notes:

For legal reasons we require your original handwritten signature, thus can’t accept email orders or the likes.

If during the purchase/order, the postal address of the contract partner is not in one of the above mentioned countries, the automatic renewal is deactivated by default and can’t be overridden and no SwissPass card is issued.”

Their final recommendation was . . . .

“My advice, if you'd like to have a Half Fare travelcard on the SwissPass, buy it directly at one of our train station ticket counters. All it takes is about 3 minutes.

That way there is no paper work, you just order, sign the contract, pay and are good to go right away.

It also allows you to upload the photo comfortably digitally, have any other questions you might have answered and also set up SBB Mobile for an easy to use, convenient travel experience.”

Lucas
Lucas
8928 posts
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Nov 24, 2017 - 7:32 AM in reply to rockoyster

I think the final decision remains the same for Voon25 ;)
Buy the Half fare Travelcard (and Junior card) when they are in Switzerland.

voon25
voon25
6 posts
new member
Nov 26, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Hi Rockosyter and Lucas,

I reached Geneva yesterday and tomorrow will be going Geneva train station to purchase the ticket. Hopefully alright, my tenant ask me to bring along passport, photos and rental contract.

Will see how it goes...thank you

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