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Nov 14, 2019 - 5:39 PM

If I have Swiss half fare Card and If I travel from airport after arrival to first stop say Lucerne and also on my last day travel from zermatt to border station Brig , would my first and last trip be free ?

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Nov 14, 2019 - 6:23 PM in reply to Djcruerocks

Hi Djcruerocks and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I am afraid no. With the Swiss Half Fare Card you get a 50% discount on tickets for trains, buses, boats, city transport and mountain transport. You can see the validity map at www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/validi ty. Make sure to download the map and browse the list on that page.

You can travel for free with the Swiss Travel Pass: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass. Under the "Where is it valid" label you can see the validity map of the Swiss Travel Pass.

Further information, that might be useful for your upcoming trip:

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Nov 14, 2019 - 8:44 PM in reply to Djcruerocks

Hi DJ,

Maybe you should read www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/howtou se.

Perhaps the Swiss Half-fare Card is not what you need. Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

Also if you are travelling from Zermatt to Milan then the Swiss Travel System passes operate as far as Domodossola - they don’t stop working at Brig. Refer to the validity maps Ildiko linked to and see www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy.

Last modified on Nov 14, 2019 - 9:28 PM by rockoyster
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Nov 15, 2019 - 12:16 AM in reply to Djcruerocks

The Swiss half fare card (HFC) must be valid on the day that you want to travel. For example if you want to travel on 25 July the HFC must be valid on that day. If you had a HFC valid until 24 July and you travelled on 25 July that would not be valid.

If you do have a valid HFC you can go to a ticket office or ticket machine and buy a ticket for half the normal fare. You don't need to prove you have the card until you are cheked by an on train ticket inspector.

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