Swiss Family Card seat reservation?

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May 10, 2016 - 7:49 PM


We are going from Milan to Wengen in June and plan to buy 8 day travel passes. We will have two adults, one 18 year old, and one 15 year old. I've read a lot but would love it if someone could confirm a couple of things before I purchase.

I only need to buy 3 Swiss travel passes and add on a family card... correct? I put in the birthdate of the 15 year old as if I were buying her a pass (in sbb ticket shop) and it had a cost, so I want to make sure I'm right. I expected that it would be smart enough to figure out she should be at zero, but I guess not.

Also, if I want to make a seat reservation (from Domodossola to Spiez, for example), can I do that for all four of us, or only for the three holding passes? If so, can you tell me how to do that with the family card?

I know this is a common topic, but I'd really appreciate any help!


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May 11, 2016 - 4:59 AM

Hi Allison, thanks for your first post here!

  • You need two Swiss Travel Passes for the adults, one Swiss Travel Pass Youth for the 18 year old, and a free Swiss Family Card for the 15 year old. You can go to the SBB webshop at en, and fill out the number of adults (2), youths (1) and children (1). Then tick the Swiss Family Card box for the child. After filling out your address, they will list the delivery options. Select "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list so they will e-mail the passes and you can print them at home.
  • You don't need seat reservations for trains in Switzerland. Please see train/reservations.
  • If you still want to reserve seats, you need to do so for all 4 travelers. Whether you already have a pass when you book this is not important. You simply book the seats you need, and it's up to you to also have a pass in hand once you board the train.

I hope this was useful for you!

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