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Nov 13, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Hello All:

I'm in Switzerland and having the greatest time enjoying your beautiful country. I bought the half fare care and day saver passes and everything worked out well for my two trips to the Jungfrau region. My friend and I are planning a trip to Zermatt and when we tried to purchase the half fare pass and day saver pass for the trip, the Happy rail website is not allowing the transaction. It gives us a message of FRAUD, and after calling the credit card, they advise that they had no transaction from the Happy Rail or any other. Is this happening because she needed to buy the pass before arriving Switzerland? If this is the reason, is the only other options getting point to point tickets at regular price?



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Nov 13, 2019 - 10:00 PM in reply to Birivera

Hello Brenda,

You don’t need a Swiss Half-fare Card to buy a Saver Day Pass; but it does help price-wise.

No idea why you would get that response from Happyrail. You can contact them here www.myswissalps.com/ab outus/partners/happyra il.

By far the best way to check timetables, find fares* and buy tickets on-line if required is using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi). In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections.

You have probably left it too late to get a really well-priced Saver Day Pass. But it may well still be cheaper than p2p. If you really want to buy a Swiss Half-fare Card you can get one at any station seeing you are already in Switzerland.

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Nov 14, 2019 - 6:35 AM in reply to Birivera

Hi Brenda,

you do not have to buy them before arriving in Switzerland, the problem should be something else. Have you tried the other resellers at www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/price and at www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass/price?

Rockoyster is right, probably the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) won't be that cheap anymore for you, as the price varies by demand and the purchase date; if you buy earlier it is cheaper.

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new member
Nov 14, 2019 - 8:53 AM in reply to rockoyster

Dear Rockoyster and Ildiko;

Thank you! We were able to purchase half fare card directly through the SBB website. Now we will go to the station to ask about prices for the trip since it seems that point to point tickets is cheaper now than a saver day pass for trip from Lugano to Zermatt, and return to Milano. You have been very helpful!



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