Traveling by train in Switzerland is quite expensive, but there are various ways in which you can save a lot of money when traveling with the SBB or other Swiss railway companies.
One of these solutions is the half fare card. Cardholders save 50% on ticket purchases. The half fare travel card even offers a full 50% discount on saver fares (Sparbillet). In addition, the half fare travel card is fully recognized on private railways, buses, and ships in Switzerland. There is even often a 50% discount on mountain railways and cable cars!
Normally, however, the half fare travel card is only available as an annual subscription for CHF 185 (~€192), which makes it rather unattractive for tourists. The Schnupper-half fare card, which is an often offered trial period, is interesting. This gives you all the benefits of a half fare travel card for two months without it being automatically extended.
At the moment, it’s that time again. An online voucher can be used to buy a two-month trial half fare card for CHF 33 (~€34). The costs are usually covered by a 50% discount after one or two train journeys.
Click here to download the voucher. The offer is valid for people residing in Switzerland or neighboring countries (Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, France).
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- Download the voucher here and ideally print it out. (Otherwise, just show it on your smartphone)
- Take the voucher and your identity card to a public transport sales point in Switzerland by September 6, 2021. These can be found at all major train stations in Switzerland, including the SBB travel centers.
- Pay the CHF 33 (~€34) in cash or by credit card
- The 2-month trial begins immediately with the purchase. You will not get a permanent subscription, the Schnupper-half fare expires automatically.
- Now you’ll save 50% on all train tickets in 1st and 2nd class (except for a few special offers, but incl. Sparbillet), as well as boat trips, cable cars, etc. in Switzerland. All routes on which you can save 50% are shown on the SBB map (PDF download – 3.5 MB).
It is best to buy your SBB saver tickets with a half fare discount in advance. The earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets are (at least on long journeys). The half fare card for this is only checked on the trip, not during the booking process.
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