How to use Swiss Half Fare Card when buying ticket

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Sep 6, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Hello everyone, I'm having difficulty understanding the purchase & use of the Swiss Half Fare Card, and how this discount can be applied when purchasing train tickets online as offered on the SBB website, and hope that the experienced travelers here can help! I have found the option(s) to PURCHASE a Half Fare Card, but do not understand how this Card and discount can be applied when I am purchasing train tickets online. I don't see any "Half Fare Card" options for discounts when purchasing tickets online, although others are offered (i.e. the Halbtax, GA etc.) which do not suit our needs.

We are 3 adults arriving in Zurich 9/18, then traveling from Luterbach to Como, Italy on the 20th. We are also seeking train fare from Como to Zurich on the 22nd, then Zurich back to Luterbach on the 23rd.

Is the Half Fare Card worth the purchase? And, if so, HOW do I apply this card's discount when I purchase our train tickets? Our hotels in Como and Zurich are reserved, so our travel dates are inflexible there and I wish to purchase our tickets ahead of time. We also have a few days in Luterbach before we depart for Como, and after Zurich before we return to the US on the 29th.

Any help/advice is most appreciated, thank you!


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Sep 7, 2017 - 7:23 AM

Hi Paige,

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

The SBB website is geared to Swiss residents so it does not show any of the tourists train passes. For trips within Switzerland it is safe to pick Halbtax though. Or you can buy tickets from one of the other websites which does apply the actual Swiss Half Fare Card, like witzerland-by-train (click the passenger icon in the top to apply a discount card).

Whether the Swiss Half Fare Card is worth the purchase depends on how much you travel and can be calculated as explained here. It often is worth it, but if you travel a lot, the Swiss Travel Pass offers more savings and more convenience (less tickets to buy along the way).

Both the Swiss Half Fare Card and Swiss Travel Pass can be printed at home:

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new member
Sep 7, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to post a reply! I will certainly investigate the information that you've offered-

Thanks again and have a good day,


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