Swiss half fare card/pass

Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 03:23 PM
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Swiss half fare card/pass

Am interested in purchasing one of these for my 6 days in Switzerland..think this is the best way to go for the following train travel:
Basel to Lucerne
Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen to Milan

Plus boat trips on Lake Luzern
Cable cars/gondolas to Mt Pilatus and/or Mt Rigi
Train trips from Lauterbrunnen to Murren, Gimmelwald, Wengen

I have found the half fare card on 2 websites with 2 different prices--are they the same card and if so why such a price discrepancy???
Rail Europe has it for $129 US dollars
https://www.raileurope.com/activitie...rd/index.html#

SBB swiss train ticket site has it for 185CHF
https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-an...ravelcard.html
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 03:37 PM
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Yes though I haven't done the maths offhand the Half-Fare thingy would be the best and only card or pass you should consider - the CHF price is for a year-long card but they have a cheaper one-month pass (I think 1 month) and should be comparable to U.S. pricing, set by RailEurope (part owned by Swiss Railways) but not always so check both. I always by Swiss Pass and cards thru www.budgeteuropetravel.com - ask for Byron - he will IMO expertly answer any relevant questions even if not buying but if price is about the same just wait until Switzerland before buying-at any train station - those bought ahead of time face cancellation fees if something pops up and you don't go, etc.

So search www.sbb.ch for month-long TC prices and compare.

Now are those the total of your trips by train, boat and gondola? If so the maths are easy - Half-Fare Card wins no doubt I would wager.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 04:38 PM
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The 30 day Half Fare Card is 120 CHF
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 06:48 PM
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PalenQ-- those are the minimal of the trips we would go on so I think that the month long Half Fare card is the way to go...when I buy this at the first Swiss train station (Basel) do I need a photo to go on the card...or maybe that was just for the year one for 185CHF...
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 05:25 AM
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No photo needed for the 30 day card.
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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 08:09 PM
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Thank you Melnq8 and PalenQ for the helpful info--love my Fodorite advisors !!
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Old Oct 5th, 2017, 06:52 AM
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Lauterbrunnen to Milan would only be covered by Half-Fare Card until Domodossola, border station in Italy for Swiss tarifcation purposes- you may find at www.sbb.ch or www.trentialia.com cheaper Lauterbrunnen to Milan discounted tickets vs half-fare to Domodossola then separate ticket from there to Milan - or maybe not - check both.
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Old Oct 5th, 2017, 10:50 AM
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Plus boat trips on Lake Luzern>

Boats have two classes - 2nd and 1st -IME it is well worth doing first class here as only with that can you sit on the open-air front deck - much nicer than other areas and at half-off not that much.

Lucerne to Interlaken-Ost (change their for Lauterbrunnen) you can also take the tourist-oriented Golden Pass trains with spiffy glass-domed observation cars on the lovely Brunig Pass route (be sure to take this route and not the other route via Bern) - again first-class is more leisurely and at half-off again not that much.
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Old Oct 5th, 2017, 11:09 AM
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Just an FYI for anyone reading this thread who's traveling to Switzerland between now and November 5 -- there is a 2 for 1 sale on day cards and only one of the pair traveling needs to have a half-fare card. 75 francs for 2 people traveling second class; 127 for two traveling in first class.

It's a good deal and DH and I are using it next week for a day trip to Lugano.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-an...ass-for-2.html

A lesser discount (6 day cards for the price of 5) is available to half-fare card holders buying the multi-pack. https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-an...ravelcard.html
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Old Oct 5th, 2017, 06:07 PM
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WeisserTee-- I did see this 2 for 1 sale and am hoping it is something they offer frequently seeing as we won't be in Switzerland until June 2018...does anyone know if this special deal happens often???
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Old Oct 6th, 2017, 05:53 AM
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Not much in high season but check constantly.
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Old Oct 6th, 2017, 08:50 AM
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On WeisserT's link there is a code that gives you half-off a Half-Fare Card but I think it is for a whole year but could be cheaper at half-off than a month-long one later. did not peruse details much but check it out.
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Old Oct 6th, 2017, 12:31 PM
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Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen to Milan

Plus boat trips on Lake Luzern
Cable cars/gondolas to Mt Pilatus and/or Mt Rigi
Train trips from Lauterbrunnen to Murren, Gimmelwald, Wengen>

and those are minimal trips - did not read carefully - DO investigate the Berner Oberland Pass valid in Lucerne and Lauterbrunnen areas though check coverage for things you are doing. Could be a better deal than 1/2 Fare Card- could...
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Old Oct 6th, 2017, 02:08 PM
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http://www.regionalpass-berneroberland.ch/en/
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