Buy your Swiss Half Fare Card - (or learn more about it first)

The ticket that lets you explore Switzerland at a 50% discount

Here's what you get with the Swiss Half Fare Card

Swiss Public Transport
  • 1 month validity for 120 CHF
  • 50% off all travel by train, bus, tram and boat in Switzerland
    Including public transport in more than 90 towns and cities
  • Valid on all scenic trains like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express
    Excluding reservations fees
  • Free Swiss Family Card
    Your kids travel for free when they're with you
  • Valid on most cable cars and mountain railways
    Including Jungfraujoch, Rigi, Pilatus and Titlis
  • Available for visitors from all countries
    Without premanent residence in Switzerland
  • Digital Swiss Half Fare Card with the SBB app
    Buy your discounted tickets directly in the app

What is the Swiss Half Fare Card and how does it work?

If you're planning a longer trip to Switzerland, the Swiss Half Fare Card is a must.

Well, not a must. Every trip is different. But it pays off quickly to have one if you want to discover Switzerland by public transport. One trip from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch and you've made its value back. 

The Swiss Half Fare Card lets you get around the country for less money, giving you half-price tickets on trains, buses, trams and boats all over the place. And by "all over the place", I mean all the places in this map.

The card is good for a month and costs 120 CHF. It's available for every visitor that doesn't have their permanent residency in Switzerland. And is over 16 years old. Children under 16 travel for half the price anyway.

To get a Swiss Half Fare Card, you can buy it online or at a Swiss railway station before you start traveling. It's valid for a month from when you buy it, giving you plenty of time to explore. Just remember, it doesn't cover extra stuff like seat reservations or special attractions, so you'll need to pay for those on your own.

Tips for using the Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Buy your Swiss Half Fare Card at the beginning of your trip to make most of your discounts. You can also buy it spontaneously and last-minute as it never sells out and only takes a few minutes to buy.
  • Download the SBB app on your phone to plan your trip.
  • Register your Swiss Half Fare Card and your credit card in the app to buy tickets directly through the app.
  • Avoid having to buy tickets by using the EasyRide function in the SBB app. Swipe in and out with every trip you take and let the system charge you the correct amount at the end. 
  • Whenever you see a fare that says Halbtax, demi-tarif or metà-prezzo, this is you! The Halbtax is the equivalent to the Swiss Half Fare Card fpr us Swiss. It's valid for a whole year and over a third of our population has one.
  • With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you can also buy the SBB Day Passes at a discount. Like the SBB Saver Day Pass or the regular SBB Day Pass 

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