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jln255
jln255
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Jun 13, 2011 - 9:38 AM
My husband and I are traveling to Switzerland this summer to visit friends there. Can we buy our train tickets in Zurich bahnhof with our Visa card (American)? Can we also use the Visa to pay for further train journeys throughout Switzerland?
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Arno
Arno
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Jun 13, 2011 - 9:46 AM
Hello j.napoli,

Welcome to our website! Yes, you can buy tickets at the Zurich main station or airport station. I don't expect VISA to be any problem. If you travel more than just a few short trips or expect to use cable cars, I would advice you to look into the passes to save money.
jln255
jln255
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Jun 13, 2011 - 10:09 AM
Thank you for your speedy reply. Even if we buy the Swiss Card, we still need to pay half fares at smaller train stations throughout Switzerland (Fribourg, Thun, Lauterbrunnen, etc). Can we use our Visa card to pay these half fares?

Also, how much is the fare on the lift to Murren from Lauterbrunnen? How about Schinege Platte--is that a private train? If so, how much does it cost?

Thanks so much for your help.
joanne
Arno
Arno
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Jun 13, 2011 - 10:26 AM

Hi Joanne,

Most stations either have a service desk or a ticketing machine that accepts credit cards. However, it differs per station and region. It's convenient to have some Swiss francs as well. If you travel a lot, there are passes that allow free traveling, so that you don't have to buy tickets.

The specific prices you asked about are listed at the Jungfrau website. This FAQ explains about finding prices in general.

Last modified on Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM by Arno
jln255
jln255
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Jun 14, 2011 - 6:42 PM
We need to buy a Swiss Card at the Zurich airport when we arrive via Swiss Air on July 14 at 10 am. Is the train station office open at that time to buy the card? If so, where do we find the office?
Arno
Arno
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Jun 15, 2011 - 1:59 AM
Hi Joanne,

That should be no problem at that time. The train station is located at the airport. You just need to follow the signs to walk over there. Please note that it is $30 more expensive if you wait with your purchase until you have arrived, as you can see at the Swiss Card page.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM by Arno
jln255
jln255
10 posts
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Jun 16, 2011 - 5:33 AM
Hi Arno,
When I logged onto the Swiss Card page you gave me, it was actually much cheaper to buy the card at the airport than online. I believe it was $218. instead of $225 online plus $18. mailing. Is that correct?
Joanne
Arno
Arno
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Jun 16, 2011 - 6:59 AM
Hi Joanne,

Did you fill out that you will be traveling with two adults? If you do, it should display the correct price: shipping will be free in that case, so the online purchase will be cheaper.

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