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More details about the Swiss Half Fare Card

Read about what else is included, and further details about the Swiss Half Fare Card.

Swiss Half Fare Card versus Half-Fare travelcard

The Half-Fare travelcard offers a 50% discount on train tickets and is valid for 1, 2 or 3 years. It it is primarily for residents from Switzerland. The Swiss Half Fare Card is the 1-month version for tourists as outlined on our pages. Both cards offer the same discount within Switzerland. However, there are differences when traveling to other countries. For example, the Swiss Half Fare Card does not offer discounted tickets to Austria and Germany.

Swiss Half Fare Card and SwissPass

The "SwissPass" is a digital product used by Swiss residents, and it has nothing to do with your Swiss Half Fare Card. As a tourist, you do not need a SwissPass. There is no need to link or upload a Swiss Half Fare Card to a SwissPass account either, although technically there is a complex way to do so; please see here.

We recommend to keep things simple: buy your Swiss Half Fare Card from any of the websites listed here. These are geared to tourists. The pass is ready to use from the moment you received it. Then get your discounted tickets as explained here.

Discounts on various events and day trips

In most cases where the Half-Fare travelcard entitles for a discount, the Swiss Half Fare Card will entitle for that same discount. Combined tickets for events and other day trips include both the transportation and the admission, and sometimes other services. You will get a discount because the Swiss Half Fare Card gets you a discount on the transportation portion in the combined ticket.

Who can buy the Swiss Half Fare Card?

The Swiss Half Fare Card can be purchased by anyone except for residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

More about train traveling in Switzerland

Information about timetables, seat reservations and much more can be found here.

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