Purchasing train tickets with Swiss Half Fare Card

Purchasing train tickets with Swiss Half Fare Card

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P gutteridge
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Jul 8, 2018 - 11:29 AM

I am planning to buy the Swiss Half Price Tickets as from my calculations this seem to be the best deal for me based on the trips we plan to do when in Switzerland. We will arrive at Basel airport and then get the train down to Interlaken. I want to buy the transfer tickets in advance from the airport to Interlaken but if I specify what time bus and train I want to get do I have to make sure I get that exact train at that time or if we arrive a bit later I can get the next train?

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Jul 8, 2018 - 12:31 PM in reply to P gutteridge

Hi P, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

When you buy a standard ticket (not a Supersaver ticket), the ticket is valid for that route for the whole day. There will just be a date specified on the ticket, not a time.

Supersaver tickets are discounted, and valid for a specific departure. If you miss that train, you have to buy another ticket.

Although your journey involves a bus and train, you can get one ticket for whole trip.

Are you taking the fastest route, or incorporating the scenic route from Luzern to Interlaken Ost over the Brünig Pass?

Alpenrose

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P gutteridge
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Jul 8, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Thanks for your help Alpenrose666.

I will order the Swiss Half Price Tickets online and then order the trip from Basel to Interlaken on-line ensuring I get the standard ticket and I assume I can tell them I have the Half price Ticket when ordering.

Also we plan to go up to the Jungfrau while we are there but will wait to check the weather each day. I have been told the queues at Interlaken Ost station can be very busy in the morning so do you know if you can go to the station the night before and order these tickets for the next day.

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Jul 8, 2018 - 12:53 PM in reply to P gutteridge

>> I will order the Swiss Half Price Tickets online and then order the trip from Basel to Interlaken on-line ensuring I get the standard ticket and I assume I can tell them I have the Half price Ticket when ordering.

Yes, the default price that comes up is for passengers with a Swiss Half Fare Card (for tourists) or Half-Fare travelcard (for Swiss residents). You can buy your ticket before getting your Swiss Half Fare Card. You just need to make sure you have them both when you board the bus/train.

>> Also we plan to go up to the Jungfrau while we are there but will wait to check the weather each day. I have been told the queues at Interlaken Ost station can be very busy in the morning so do you know if you can go to the station the night before and order these tickets for the next day.

Yes, you can. And you can actually get the ticket from any staffed railway station in Switzerland.

Alpenrose

P gutteridge
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Jul 8, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Thank you, this is very helpful

Lucas
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Jul 8, 2018 - 1:38 PM in reply to P gutteridge

Hi P gutteridge,

Here are some useful links for you on buying tickets and passes online:

  1. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisshalffarecar d/price
  2. https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/swi tzerlandhalffare (to buy 1/2 fare tickets online)

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