How does the Swiss Family Card work?
You simply need to show your (digital) Swiss Familly Card while traveling with your Swiss Travel System rail pass. That's all you need to enjoy free traveling for your children.
In nearly all cases the Swiss Family Card arrives via e-mail, and there is nothing you need to do other than checking if the personal particulars on the card are correct. You can print the Swiss Family Card or store it on your phone as explained for the Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Travel Pass Flex and Swiss Half Fare Card.
Traveling with the Swiss Family Card
Once you have a valid Swiss Family Card and Swiss Travel System rail pass, you can use them to travel. The Swiss Family Card is valid where and when your rail pass is valid. You don't need any other tickets for the children.
Validity of the Swiss Family Card ends when validity of the rail pass ends.
On board the train, bus or boat
Once you're on board, you will need to present your rail pass and the Swiss Family Card to ticket controllers upon request. The controller may want to check your passport as well, to make sure you're the owner of the presented pass and the parent of the children.
If the pass for the parents includes free entrance to museums, this applies to the children too. An example is the Swiss Travel Pass.
What if the child turns 16 during the stay in Switzerland?
The age on the start date of the pass of the parents counts. If the child is 15 on that start date, the Swiss Family Card remains valid for the duration of the pass of the parents.