Traveling with Swiss Half Fare Card in Switzerland

Traveling with Swiss Half Fare Card in Switzerland

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RandMarg
RandMarg
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Feb 20, 2018 - 2:43 AM

My family and I plan to come north from Milan to Zermatt. After that we plan on going to Lucerne and finish up in Zurich. A couple of Questions.

I plan to get the Swiss Half fare for each of us... so is the cost difference to first class worth it especially for the longer parts of the trip? For that matter what are the differences from first to second class. I'm sure the seat is larger but does it come with meals and drinks? Also looking at connections in towns like Brig or Visp, Spiez and Bern are very tight. Is that a problem? Some of the connections are like 6 minutes. I can make the reservations separate and then make the connections longer but do I need to do that? Thanks in advance for the advice.

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Feb 20, 2018 - 4:36 AM in reply to RandMarg

>> what are the differences from first to second class. I'm sure the seat is larger

Yes, seats are a bit roomier and there are usually only 3 seats across the carriage in first class: 2 on one side of the aisle, 1 on the other side. In second class, there are usually 2 seats on each side of the aisle. There tends to be fewer people in 1st class, which can be a bonus in high season.

>> but does it come with meals and drinks?

When meals, snacks and drinks are available, they are available in both first and second class, but not included in the fare for either class.

>> Also looking at connections in towns like Brig or Visp, Spiez and Bern are very tight. Is that a problem?

Not usually, unless you have some physical limitations that slow you down substantially. The transfer at Spiez is usually just from one side of the platform to the other. The timetable will give you the platform numbers on which you will arrive and from which you will depart.

>> Some of the connections are like 6 minutes.

That's not unusual, and is designed to be achievable. When setting standard transfer times, they take into account how far you will need to walk to get to your next connection - it's not random.

>> I can make the reservations separate and then make the connections longer but do I need to do that?

In the Swiss Timetable, you can click on "Advanced search", then scroll down and change the "Duration of transfer" option from "Standard transfer time" to 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Then the timetable will generate a series of connections to get you from start to finish with longer transfer times.

Do this before making any reservations, as reservations are for a specific train and not transferable to another one.

Alpenrose

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