Purchasing Swiss Half Fare Card in Italy

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Jul 14, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Where can I purchase Swiss half fare card in Italy?
We will be in Italy for a week before taking a train to Bernese Oberland area. I like to purchase Swiss half fare card in Italy so I can get a discount while traveling from Italy. If I buy it from the US now, I have to pay $40 or so for mail. I don't find an option to print it at home. I don't want to get off at a Swiss border to purchase the half price card. Is there a way to purchase the half fare card in Italy? Can we purchase it at an Italian train station?

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Jul 14, 2017 - 5:39 AM in reply to mashru

Hi mashru, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can buy the Swiss Half Fare Card to print at home before you leave.

Here are the details:

www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/price


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Jul 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM in reply to mashru

Hi Mashru,

Further to that, once you have the Swiss Half Fare Card and want to buy a ticket from Italy you have two options:

  1. Discounted tickets from Italy to Switzerland can be purchased via the timetable (SBB site), but only 30 days or less before you travel. You will need to select the "Half-Fare travelcard" (which is a similar card for Swiss residents). It is a little limited buying half fare tickets online but that method should work.
    Note that the "Half-Fare travelcard" for residents and the Swiss Half Fare Card for tourists are not identical, but give you the same discount in this case, so it can be used when you buy online.
  2. You can also book the Italian and Swiss leg separately. Check for your Italian departure town to the Swiss border town (depends on your destination) here.
    Check for the Swiss leg here
    and click to www.happyrail.com/en/s witzerland-by-train (select Swiss Half Fare Card as the discount card for each traveler to get the cheaper fares).

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