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Area of validity of the Swiss Half Fare Card

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Where can I travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card?

The basic rules are:

  • Tickets for trains and buses are discounted by 50%;
  • Transport into the mountains (by cable car, funicular, cogwheel train, etc.) is discounted by 50%;
  • A discount of 50% applies to city transport (trams, buses), but in some cases tickets for short routes are discounted by a lower percentage;
  • Boats are discounted by 50%, but exceptions may apply to special cruises such as dinner cruises;
  • The Swiss Half Fare Card is valid in Switzerland only. A few rail and bus routes crossing the border allow discounted traveling too. Examples are EuroAirport (France) to Basel, Brig to Domodossola (Italy), Domodossola to Locarno (Centovalli line) and buses in Liechtenstein;

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How the map works

  • The route types are explained in the right side of the map;
  • Traveling with the Swiss Half Fare Card applies to all trains that operate on the indicated lines and that are listed in the timetables. The train type (InterCity, local, panoramic) and the operating company do not matter. The Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass and other panoramic trains are thus included;
  • Some lines are dashed to indicate longer tunnels; you will get a discount there too. Frutigen to Visp is an example of such a route;
  • There are too many bus routes to fit on the map. In principle, all public bus services are discounted.

Top attractions covered by the Swiss Half Fare Card

Bernina Express

  • Train from Chur to Tirano: 50% off
  • Bus from Tirano to Lugano: 50% off
  • Seat reservations: no discount


  • Cable car from Betten to Bettmerhorn: 50% off
  • Train to Betten: 50% off

Boat trip Basel

  • Boat trip on the river Rhine: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Brienz

  • Boat trip on Lake Brienz: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Geneva

  • Boat trip on Lake Geneva: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Lucerne

  • Boat trip on Lake Lucerne: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Lugano

  • Boat trip on Lake Lugano: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Maggiore

  • Boat trip on Lake Maggiore: no discount
  • Train to Locarno: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Thun

  • Boat trip on Lake Thun: 50% off

Boat trip Lake Zurich

  • Boat trip on Lake Zurich: 50% off

Brienzer Rothorn

  • Train from Brienz to the Brienzer Rothorn: 50% off
  • Train to Brienz: 50% off
  • Cable car from Sörenberg to the Brienzer Rothorn: 50% off
  • Bus to Sörenberg: 50% off


  • Funicular from Locarno to Orselina: no discount
  • Cable car and chair lift from Orselina to Cimetta: 50% off
  • Train to Locarno: 50% off

Castles of Bellinzona

  • Entrance fees: no discount
  • Mini train: no discount
  • Train to Bellinzona: 50% off

Centovalli railway

  • Train from Domodossola to Locarno: 50% off
  • Seat reservations and surcharge: no discount

Chillon Castle

  • Entrance to the castle: no discount
  • Train, bus or boat to Chillon: 50% off


  • Cable car from Surlej to Mount Corvatsch: 50% off
  • Bus to Surlej: 50% off


  • Cable car from Fiesch to Eggishorn: 50% off
  • Train to Fiesch: 50% off

Glacier 3000

  • Cable car from Col-du-Pillon to Scex Rouge (Glacier 3000): 50% off
  • Bus to Col-du-Pillon: 50% off

Glacier Express

  • Train from Zermatt to St. Moritz: 50% off
  • Seat reservations and surcharge: no discount

Golden Pass line

  • Train from Montreux to Lucerne: 50% off


  • Train from Zermatt to Gornergrat: 50% off
  • Train to Zermatt: 50% off

Gotthard Panorama Express

  • Boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and train from Flüelen to Lugano: 50% off
  • Seat reservations and surcharge: no discount

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

  • Train from Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen or any other town to Jungfraujoch: 50% off

Klein Matterhorn - Glacier Paradise

  • Cable car from Zermatt to Klein Matterhorn: 50% off
  • Train to Zermatt: 50% off


  • Gondola and funicular from Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin: 50% off
  • Bus to Saas-Fee: 50% off

Monte Brè

  • Funicular from Cassarate to Monte Brè: 50% off
  • Bus from the Lugano train station to Cassarate: 50% off
  • Train to Lugano: 50% off

Monte Generoso

  • Train from Capolago-Riva S. Vitale to Generoso Vetta: 50% off
  • Train to Capolago-Riva S. Vitale: 50% off

Monte San Salvatore

  • Funicular from Paradiso to Monte San Salvatore: 50% off
  • Train to Lugano-Paradiso: 50% off

Monte Tamaro

  • Gondola from Rivera-Bironico to Alpe Foppa: 50% off
  • Train to Rivera-Bironico: 50% off


  • Funicular from Mülenen to Mount Niesen: 50% off
  • Train to Mülenen: 50% off


  • Cableway/train from Kriens or Alpnachstad to Pilatus: 50% off
  • Train to Lucerne or Alpnachstad: 50% off
  • Bus from Lucerne to Kriens: 25% off

Rhine Falls

  • Train to the Rhine Falls: 50% off
  • Attractions and boat trips: no discount


  • Train from Arth-Goldau or Vitznau to Mount Rigi: 50% off
  • Cableway from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad: 50% off
  • Train to Arth-Goldau: 50% off
  • Boat to Vitznau or Weggis: 50% off
  • Cable car from Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg: 50% off


  • Train from Montreux to Rochers-de-Naye: 50% off
  • Train to Montreux: 50% off


  • Cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn: 50% off
  • Cable car from Stechelberg to Mürren: 50% off
  • Cable car and train from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren: 50% off
  • Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg: 50% off
  • Train to Lauterbrunnen: 50% off

Schynige Platte

  • Train from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte: 50% off
  • Train to Wilderswil: 50% off


  • Cable car from Stans to Stanserhorn: 50% off
  • Train to Stans: 50% off


  • Entrance fee: no discount
  • Train to Melide: 50% off


  • Cable car from Engelberg to Mount Titlis: 50% off
  • Train to Engelberg: 50% off

Weissfluhgipfel - Parsenn Davos

  • Funicular and cable car to Weissfluhgipfel: no discount
  • Train to Davos Dorf: 50% off
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