Swiss train tickets - Half fares and validity

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Mar 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

I was wondering about a few details regarding tickets. If you are purchasing a ticket from a machine can you purchase in error ( by selecting the discounted price) a half price fare ticket for a route that is not covered by the half price card? Also if you have a train ticket 2nd class and no seat reservation then the train for that time is full, is that ticket valid for a few hours so you can just get on the next available train?

Thank you Lori

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Mar 14, 2018 - 7:46 PM in reply to mommamenges

Hi Lori,

Essentially every route in Switzerland can be discounted with the "halbtax" (resident version of the Swiss Half Fare Card). If for some reason it isn't applicable to the route (I haven't found any so far!) then it wouldn't offer you the option to claim the half fare.

If you buy a regular ticket (half fare or not) you can take any train on that day. This does not apply to SuperSaver tickets (denoted on the timetable with a % sign). They are specific to the departure time chosen.

It is extremely rare for Swiss trains to be full (expect the panoramic trains where reservations are mandatory anyway). If they happen to be full it may be during rush hour and most likely a seat would open up within 10 or 15 minutes in a worst-case scenario.

Last modified on Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03 PM by Arno
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Mar 14, 2018 - 8:58 PM

thank you

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