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Hello,

I'm currently living in Ravensburg, Germany, while my boyfriend is living in St. Gallen, CH. I plan to visit him every weekend, as it's only 1.5 hours by train. To get from Ravensburg to St. Gallen I have to take both German and Swiss trains. I know SBB has the 1/2 fair card, and the german trains also have such a card- does anyone know if I buy one, can I use it for both? Or is one better than the other?
Or any other advice on making frequent trips across the border?
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Old 05.09.2015, 02:55
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Re: Train cards

The Swiss have the half fare card, and the Deutsche Bahn have reduction cards too, I think 25% and 50% (If you were travelling everyday there would be better offers) But as you are only visiting him 50 times a year, it might not be worth investing in a discount card, you need to do the mathematics yourself.

German Rail, Deutsche Bahn, offer special prices on certain train journeys, you need to check the journey route and times of day.

http://www.bahn.com/i/view/CHE/de/pr...150904235158:s
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... you need to do the mathematics yourself ...
Unfortunately that is the answer to most such specific queries.

Almost a decade ago ChrisW wrote an excellent post on Travel Passes for Visitors helping visitors (or their hosts) figure out the best deal.
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Re: Train cards

Price up the tickets (as a return and also as two singles) on both the SBB and DBahn websites. For both check the options for having a Halbtax and/or BahnCard25. Quite a few combinations to cover but shouldn't take you more than a few minutes.
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Re: Train cards

Don't you get automatic 25% reductions on cross-country tickets between DE-CH, FR-CH and IT-CH if you have a halbtax or a GA or have things changed?

Edit: Just checked, seems it is.

Source here:

"With Rail Plus you can travel for 25% less in many European countries. Important: You don’t need Rail Plus in Germany or Austria because your Half-Fare or GA travelcard already lets you travel for 25% less in these countries."

So it seems that just getting a half-fare card is sufficient.
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Re: Train cards

Germany also has an equivalent of the General Abonnement....It is quite
expensive though.


With the Swiss Rail, you can buy Railplus, which gives you a Discount
in Germany as well.
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Re: Train cards

Consider the Euregio-Karte, €18 for one zone for one day will do for you. I think it covers the IC from St.Gallen to Lindau and back, but not the germany-only ICs. I think the card also includes the ships on the lake, including I thin the ferry from Romanshorn to Friedrichafen.

Ask at the railstation. In CH people are required to offer the cheapest alternative (based on the info you provide), presumably the same applies to Germany. In general tickets bougth in Germany will tend to be less expensive, especially if the ticket's Euro price is still based on 1.20CHF or so.
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Re: Train cards

Thanks everyone, this was very helpful! I didn't realize the Swiss halb-tax works in Germany too. It also applies to the Tagkarte, so I think i'll do both of those.
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