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chandupanch
chandupanch
2 posts
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Jun 29, 2022 - 8:23 AM

Hello,

We are a family of 4 (two adults and 11yr and 15yr old) are planning to travel to Switzerland end of July from USA.

I see the following promo for day pass for friends where it costs $40/adult with half fare card. Is this offer limited only for Switzerland residents or can we also avail the promo.

www.sbb.ch/en/campaign/friends.html

Thanks

Chandra

1960man
1960man
4386 posts
expert
Jun 29, 2022 - 10:57 AM in reply to chandupanch

The key sentence in the SBB blurb is here:

There’s only one condition: all passengers must either hold a valid Half Fare Travelcard or be aged under 16 on the day of travel.

Note that anyone can possess a Swiss half fare card. I have had one for around 20 years now and have never been resident in Switzerland.

Last modified on Jun 29, 2022 - 11:00 AM by 1960man
Ildiko
Ildiko
2515 posts
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Jun 29, 2022 - 3:25 PM in reply to chandupanch

Hi Chandra and welcome to MySwissAlps.com!

There are 2 types of half fare card:

  • Swiss Half Fare Card: valid for 1 month, usually for tourists
  • Half Fare Travelcard: valid for at least 1 year, it is more for the Swiss residents, but you can also have one if you have a SwissPass (note, it is not the same as the Swiss Travel Pass)
  • Read more about the differences here: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/details

For the SBB promotion you linked, you need the Half Fare Travelcard, it is not valid with the Swiss Half Fare Card.

I can recommend you the Swiss Half Fare Card + Saver Day Pass. If you buy the Saver Day Pass well in advance you can save money. Learn more: www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass/price.

If you have a Swiss Half Fare Card or a Swiss Travel Pass you can get the Swiss Family Card for your children (under the age of 15.99). Your children will travel for free with the Swiss Family Card: www.myswissalps.com/swissfamilycard.

We have a great calculation spreadsheet, use that to calculate your costs: www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

Take care,

Ildiko

chandupanch
chandupanch
2 posts
new member
Jun 30, 2022 - 1:22 AM

Thanks a lot for the quick reply 1960man and Ildiko

Saver Day Pass (with Half Fare Card) for our days of travel is around 49 CHF.

Few more questions:

1. We have reservation for July 25th on Glacier Express 1st Class. If I buy Saver Day Pass 1st Class online/app, do I need to anything before boarding the train or just go ahead sit in our seats.

2. Is this 1month Half fare card valid for 50% discount at Top-of-the-Europe Pass, Zermatt glacier paradise and Grindelwald?

Thanks

Chandra

Ildiko
Ildiko
2515 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 30, 2022 - 6:38 AM in reply to chandupanch

Hi Chandra,

1. For the Glacier Express you need to have a seat reservation and a ticket or a valid pass. If both are for the 1st class, you can travel 1st class. So in brief, yes, you are sorted out. :) You can buy your Saver Day Pass here: www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass/price.

2. Yes, it is valid for those mountains too. For the details, please check the validity map and list: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/validity.

Ildiko

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