Apr 21, 2011 - 2:21 PM
Hello kitty3ng! The Half-Fare travelard for 1/2/3 years
is meant for Swiss residents. Within Switzerland, it covers the same area with a 50% discount as the 1 month Swiss Half Fare Card
that you bought. There are some bonuses for holders of the Half-Fare Card for 1/2/3 years though. One of them is that a 25% reduction is granted on international trips to Germany and Austria, whereas the validity of the 1 month Swiss Half Fare Card ends at the Swiss border. However, that doesn't make any difference for your trip to Italy/Milan.
When obtaining quotes through the timetable, you should follow the steps in the procedure. During step 2, you can indicate whether you have a reduction for the Swiss leg of the trip (at the lower right corner of the page). Select 'Half-Fare travelcard 1/2/3 years' from the drop-down list. If you do so, the same quotes will be calculated as with your Swiss Half Fare Card, as both passes grant the same discount for the same leg of the trip.
Please review the map we link to under the header 'Swiss Half Fare Card features' at the Swiss Half Fare Card page
. It shows the exact area of validity. For your outbound trip, this means that the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid up to Chiasso.
Most Eurail Passes
cover travel in national Swiss trains from the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen), and the line St. Gallen to Zurich is run by the SBB. So yes, a Eurail Pass should be valid there.