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Half-price travel through Switzerland: with the Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass.

With the Half-Fare travelcard you travel half price1 on all SBB routes and most other railways as well as on boats, buses and trams (please also note the Half-Fare travelcard area of validity).

With your Half-Fare travelcard you also benefit from attractive additional services and discounts. If you are under 25 years, you can also purchase the popular Track 7 with your Half-Fare travelcard. Are you already 16 years of age? Then you can benefit from a reduced price and buy the Half-Fare travecard for 16-year-olds.

The SwissPass.

Since 1 August 2015 your Half-Fare travelcard has been included on the SwissPass. This is the first stage in a new era for travel on public transport and for your mobility. For the SwissPass is not only the card for your Half-Fare travelcard but it also provides you with simple access to partner services from Mobility Carsharing, PubliBike, SwissMobile and to ski areas.

Note: Your Half-Fare travelcard on the blue card is valid up to the expiry date. We have put together all information on the services and advantages of the blue card for you.
As soon as you renew your Half-Fare travelcard or change to another travelcard, it will be issued on the SwissPass. All information on purchasing and services for the Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass are detailed on this page.

Important: With the change to the SwissPass, the Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card is no longer being offered. However, existing travelcards retain their validity up to the expiry date of the travelcard. A revised offer with a new bonus programme and special services is being introduced for the proven Visa card. You do not have to sign a new contract for this and you will receive all information in good time by post from Bonuscard.ch AG before the expiry of your Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card. You will find further information on the hotline for the Visa LibertyCard, tel. 058 717 21 11, via e-mail liberty@bonuscard.ch or at www.libertycard.ch.

General

Important information on the Half-Fare travelcard and the SwissPass.

Automatic renewal.

When buying a Half-Fare travelcard you take out an indefinite contract. The advantage of this is that when your selected validity period has expired, your travelcard is automatically renewed.

More than half our Half-Fare travelcard customers now extend their travelcard without interruption and maybe you can too. Thanks to the SwissPass you no longer have to think about extending your travelcard and therefore always remain mobile. Your SwissPass card is valid for several years and your travelcard remains activated on the same card.

Cancellation reminders.

If you have a Half-Fare travelcard with annual bill, we remind you of the optional cancellation deadline in time prior to automatic travelcard renewal. This is carried out together with dispatch of the annual invoice. You can also subscribe to receive an e-mail or SMS reminder for this deadline in your customer account at swisspass.ch.

Cancellation.

We send you the invoice for the new validity period of your Half-Fare travelcard prior to automatic renewal. You therefore have sufficient time to cancel your Half-Fare travelcard by the date indicated if you no longer wish to benefit from the advantages of your travelcard. By adhering to the applicable periods, you can cancel your Half-Fare travelcard at any time. This can be carried out quite simply at swisspass.ch with just a few clicks. We will of course also continue to accept your cancellation at the usual points of sale as well as by telephone at the Half-Fare Travelcard Helpdesk.

1 Over short distances (because of minimum fare) the discount with a Half-Fare travelcard may be less than 50%. This also applies to reduced offers or combined offers that include a train journey and additional services.

Purchasing or ordering

Purchase or renew the Half-Fare travelcard online.

Initial purchase.

If you have a credit card, your ID card or your passport3, as well as a digital passport photo2 to hand, then you can purchase a new Half-Fare travelcard online.

Renewal.

You can also renew your existing Half-Fare travelcard online and it will also be issued as a Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass. If your photo has been registered with us for more than 10 years, you will be asked to upload a new passport photo.

Your Half-Fare travelcard is delivered as a plastic card by post within around 10 days. If you require your Half-Fare travelcard in advance, you have the option of printing out a temporary travelcard as a PDF.

Prices for the Half-Fare travelcard.

The annual price for a Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass is CHF 185. If you purchase your first Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass up to the validity start date of 31 July 2016, you benefit from an introductory price of CHF 165 instead of CHF 185. Once your Half-Fare travelcard is automatically renewed after a year, or you change seamlessly from a GA travelcard to the Half-Fare travelcard, you take advantage of the loyalty price and also pay just CHF 165 per year. “Seamless” refers to the validity.

Duration of validity

Price

 

1 year (when purchasing for the first time or renewing after a break) 

CHF 185

1 year (Introductory price for validity from 1.8.2015 to 31.7.2016, and a loyalty price for validity from 1.8.2016)

CHF 165

   

Documents required.

  • Debit or credit card (PostFinance Card, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners, JCB or myOne)
  • Current, high quality colour digital passport photo2
  • Passport or ID card3

Order the Half-Fare travelcard via invoice.

Initial purchase.

If you have your ID card or passport3 as well as an original passport photo2 to hand, then you can order a new Half-Fare travelcard online. Our Ticket Shop will help you complete the order form. Print it out, enclose the documents required and send it all off to us.

Renewal.

You can also renew your existing Half-Fare travelcard via invoice and it will also be issued as a Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass. If your photo has already been registered with us for more than 10 years, you will be asked to send in a new original passport photo.

General payment options.

If you send us the order form with the documents, you can pay via invoice or with a credit card. However, you can also go to any public transport counter with all documents and pay using your preferred payment method4.

Your Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass will be delivered to you within approximately 10 days by post. If you require your Half-Fare travelcard in advance, you have the option of printing out a temporary SwissPass as a PDF.

Prices for the Half-Fare travelcard.

The annual price for a Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass is CHF 185. If you purchase your first Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass up to the validity start date of 31 July 2016, you benefit from an introductory price of CHF 165 instead of CHF 185. Once your Half-Fare travelcard is automatically renewed after a year, or you change seamlessly from a GA travelcard to the Half-Fare travelcard, you take advantage of the loyalty price and also pay just CHF 165 per year. “Seamless” refers to the validity.

Duration of validity

Price

 

1 year (when purchasing for the first time or renewing after a break)

CHF 185

1 year (Introductory price for validity from 1.8.2015 to 31.7.2016, and a loyalty price for validity from 1.8.2016)

CHF 165

   

Documents required.

  • Current, high-quality colour original passport photo2
  • Copy of your passport or ID card3

Purchase the Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds online.

If you have a credit card, your ID or your passport3 as well as a digital passport photo2 to hand, you can now purchase a Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds online – provided you have held another travelcard up to now (e.g. a Junior travelcard).

Your Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds on the SwissPass will be delivered to you within approximately 10 days by post. If you require your Half-Fare travelcard in advance, you have the option of printing out a temporary SwissPass as a PDF.

Price of the Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds.

Duration of validity

Price

 

Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds

CHF 99

   

Documents required.

  • Debit or credit card (PostFinance Card, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners, JCB or myOne)
  • Current, high quality colour original passport photo2
  • Copy of your passport or ID card3

Ordering the Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds via invoice.

If you have a credit card, your ID or your passport3 as well as a digital passport photo2 to hand, you can now purchase a Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds online. Our Ticket Shop will help you complete the order form. Enclose the required documents and send it all by post.

General payment options.

If you send us the order form with the documents, you can pay via invoice or with a credit card. However, you can also go to any public transport counter with all documents and pay using your preferred payment method4.

Your Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds on the SwissPass will be delivered to you within approximately 10 days by post. If you require your Half-Fare travelcard in advance, you have the option of printing out a temporary SwissPass as a PDF.

Price of the Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds.

Duration of validity

Price

 

Half-Fare travelcard for 16-year-olds

CHF 99

   

Documents required.

  • Current high-quality good colour original passport photo2
  • Copy of your passport or ID3

    

1 Over short distances, or for reduced combined offers, the discount may be less than 50%.
2 Checklist for evaluating the image: front shot; face width on the photo min. 20 mm (max. 35 mm); eyes open, spectacles not hiding the eyes; single colour background and even lighting (no shadows); photo should be clear and high-contrast. Additional information for digital photos: image size minimum 200 × 250 pixels; file size maximum 2000 KB (JPG); set colour to RGB mode. You will find extended criteria for evaluating the photo here.
3 Passport or ID card from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein.
4 Payment by cash, vouchers, Reka-Check, Reka Rail, debit or credit card (PostFinance Card, Mastercard, Visa, Reka-Card, American Express, Diners, JCB or myOne)

Services

If you have lost or forgotten your Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass, we will be pleased to help you.

Replacing the Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass.

Replacement for a lost Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass.

If your SwissPass is lost or damaged, you can obtain a new card at the ticket counter. The new card costs CHF 30. If you bring your official proof of identity to the ticket counter you can obtain a temporary SwissPass for the period up to receipt of the new SwissPass. We will send you the new card within a few days by post.

Forgotten your Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass?

If you have left your SwissPass at your home or office, you can obtain a temporary card at the ticket counter against official proof of identity for a fee of CHF 5.

Cancelling the Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card in the interim.

Important: With the change to the SwissPass, the Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card is no longer being offered. A revised offer with a new bonus programme and special services is being introduced for the proven Visa card. You do not have to sign a new contract for this and you will receive all information from Bonuscard.ch AG by post on time before the expiry of your Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card. You will find further information on the hotline for the Visa LibertyCard, tel. 058 717 21 11, via e-mail liberty@bonuscard.ch or at www.libertycard.ch.

You can cancel your existing Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card unaltered upon expiry of the first year. Please note the following terms in the event of cancellation:

  • Cancellation must be made 14 days before expiry of the year at the latest at the station of your choice. To do this you must hand over the original blue card.
  • You do not need to cancel the card if it expires. You will automatically receive the information required regarding the SwissPass as well as the subsequent offer from BonusCard.ch AG.

Should you have any questions, please go to your nearest station or contact the Visa Half-Fare travelcard Helpdesk by telephone on 0848 44 11 22 (standard rate CHF 0.12/min., low rate CHF 0.10/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network).

1 Over short distances (because of minimum fare) the discount with a Half-Fare travelcard may be less than 50%. This also applies to reduced offers or combined offers that include a train journey and additional services.

Additional offers

The Half-Fare travelcard is even more attractive with add-on cards.

1-day and 1-month travelpasses turn a Half-Fare travelcard into a GA travelcard for the period they cover. If you are under 25 years, you can also purchase the popular Track 7 with your Half-Fare travelcard and travel free with SBB after 7.00 p.m. Important: the night supplement is not included in Track 7. Please purchase this separately.

1-day travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard.

If you have a Half-Fare travelcard, you can buy 1-day travelpasses at particularly attractive prices. You therefore benefit from unlimited travel for a day, just like with a GA travelcard.

Prices.

Prices.
 2nd class1st classSBB Ticket Shop
1-day travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcardCHF 73CHF 124Purchase online
9 o’clock travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard*CHF 58CHF 96Purchase online
Multipack of 1-day travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard (6 for 5)CHF 365CHF 620Purchase online
Multipack of 9 o’clock travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard (6 for 5)*CHF 290CHF 480Purchase online
    

* Mon–Fri from 9.00 a.m., not valid Sat/Sun.

Class upgrade.

In addition to the 1-day travelpass there is a reduced class upgrade. This enables you to travel for a whole day in 1st class.

Prices.

Prices.
 PriceSBB Ticket Shop
1-day class upgradeCHF 51Purchase online
Class upgrade from 9 a.m*CHF 38Purchase online
Multipack of 1-day class upgrades (6 for 5)CHF 255Purchase online
Multipack of class upgrades from 9 a.m.* (6 for 5)CHF 190Purchase online
   

* Valid Mon–Fri from 9.00 a.m., not valid Sat/Sun.

1-month travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard.

In addition to the Half-Fare travelcard you can order a 1-month travelpass. This makes the Half-Fare travelcard into a GA travelcard for the whole month.

Prices.

Prices.
 2nd class1st classSBB Ticket Shop
1-month travelcard for the Half-Fare travelcardCHF 410CHF 670order online
    

Track 7.

Young adults up to 25 years can obtain Track 7 combined with the Half-Fare travelcard. This enables you to travel free every day for a year from 7.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. (end of service). Track 7 is valid in 2nd class on the SBB route network and with more than 100 private transport companies (Track 7 area of validity). Important: the night supplement is not included in Track 7; please purchase this separately.


 PriceSBB Ticket Shop
Track 7 for 1 year (add-on card for the Half-Fare travelcard)CHF 129Order online 
   

1 Over short distances (because of minimum fare) the discount with a Half-Fare travelcard may be less than 50%. This also applies to reduced offers or combined offers that include a train journey and additional services.

Benefits

With the Half-Fare travelcard you also benefit from:

20% discount with Europcar.

You can use your Half-Fare travelcard to hire passenger cars or utility vehicles from Europcar in Switzerland with a 20% discount.

Discounts on day trips with RailAway.

Your Half-Fare travelcard gives you discounts on RailAway combined offer. When you show your Half-Fare travelcard at the ticket counter, you receive a voucher for your discount, which you simply show at the counter or at the ticket office of the relevant service provider. Half-Fare travelcard discounts are only guaranteed if RailAway specifically indicates this.

25% cheaper to Germany and Austria.

If you have a Half-Fare travelcard and buy your ticket in Switzerland, you receive a 25% reduction on the international section of the journey. If you book the journey at least three days before departure to include a weekend, with “return supersaver ticket” you receive an additional 25% reduction on the international section of your journey to Germany and Austria. (This also applies to return supersaver tickets for the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Denmark.) Please remember to take the international discount card with you and show it together with your Half-Fare travelcard on the SwissPass to train staff on the German/Austrian section of the journey.

25% reduction with Rail Plus.

If you also have a Rail Plus card (CHF 25 per year) besides the Half-Fare travelcard, other European rail companies give you a reduction of 25% on the international section of the journey. The Rail Plus card is only available in conjunction with the GA travelcard or Half-Fare travelcard. For children up to 16 years the Rail Plus card is available without an additional travelcard, and it is free of charge for young people up to 26 years. The Rail Plus card is valid for the same period as your Half-Fare travelcard, but only up to a maximum of one year.

You don’t need Rail Plus in Germany or Austria because your Half-Fare travelcard already lets you travel for 25% less in these countries.

More information on Rail Plus.

1 Over short distances (because of minimum fare) the discount with a Half-Fare travelcard may be less than 50%. This also applies to reduced offers or combined offers that include a train journey and additional services.

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