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Is it possible to purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card for longer than one month?
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Old 23.03.2015, 15:42
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

Yes, for 1, 2 or 3 years.
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Yes, for 1, 2 or 3 years.
Combined with a free credit card (prepaid in case on non EU, I think) if you want.
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

Thank you for your responses. I only find information for validity of one month. Here is the website:
http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/...fare-card.html
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Thank you for your responses. I only find information for validity of one month. Here is the website:
http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/...fare-card.html
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that's because you're on a 3rd party site. Here's the actual one.

120 for a month, or 175 for a year... what kind of a deal is that?
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

Thanks for your reply. The Swiss Half Fare Card you talk about is only available to residents of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein. I am from the U.S. Unfortunately, the only card available to me is the one-month Swiss Half Fare Card. Apparently, it is not available for longer periods. I don't know if it can be 'renewed' for another month after the first month has expired.

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Thanks for your reply. The Swiss Half Fare Card you talk about is only available to residents of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein. I am from the U.S. Unfortunately, the only card available to me is the one-month Swiss Half Fare Card. Apparently, it is not available for longer periods. I don't know if it can be 'renewed' for another month after the first month has expired.

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No, that's not true. There is no requirement to hold a residence permit to make 1 year half fare card. Speaking from experience, as my visitors (Non-EU) tend to stay 3 months and hence I need an yearly card for them. You have to give them a local address though, probably your hosts/hotels
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Thanks for your reply. The Swiss Half Fare Card you talk about is only available to residents of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein. I am from the U.S. Unfortunately, the only card available to me is the one-month Swiss Half Fare Card. Apparently, it is not available for longer periods. I don't know if it can be 'renewed' for another month after the first month has expired.

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I'm not 100% sure you're correct on that one, but the information online is lacking, so I can't verify it. Monthly passes are common in other use-cases - I've never heard of one that you can't simply duplicate the purchase of for the following month.
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No, that's not true. There is no requirement to hold a residence permit to make 1 year half fare card. Speaking from experience, as my visitors (Non-EU) tend to stay 3 months and hence I need an yearly card for them. You have to give them a local address though, probably your hosts/hotels
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PS: The website says, <A passport> or <a ID card from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein (which you would only have if you are a citizen and not just resident of one of those countries)>.
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

My mum has a one year card. She has a UK Passport and lives in the UK. the registered address for her card is my address in Switzerland.
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

I can speak from personal experience that a non-resident can buy a half-fare card in person at any SBB travel counter as long as they have a passport photo, ID, and the means to pay for it.

People who have passports from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy or Liechtenstein can buy online whereas other passport holders have to either send away the form by post or do it in person at a travel counter.

Another useful tip is that a Swiss address is not needed - you can give the address of your local train station and it will be delivered there for you to collect within 10-14 days. You will be issued with a temporary ticket valid for the first 2-week period as soon as you purchase it.
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

I can confirm that the other replies are correct.
We have been buying annual Swiss half-price cards for years from the UK and having them posted to our UK address (before we had a Swiss address). For the first one you have to fill in a paper form and post it to Switzerland. Thereafter you can renew online. Easy.
You can't however get the linked credit card unless you are a Swiss resident.
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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

Thank you for your replies. I will go to the SBB office at Geneva Airport when I arrive. Is one passport size photo sufficient?

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Re: Swiss Half Fare Card

1 is enough

more info here http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...ravelcard.html

and here http://www.sbb.ch/content/dam/sbb/de...htlinien_d.pdf
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