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Half Price Train Card

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Im going on a hike in Zermatt this weekend, however, I dont have a Half Price Card, just been on the website and if your not Swiss, you must post the form off. It takes 10 days.

It says something about going to a SBB Sales point, but I have no idea where thay are or even if you can get the card on the day. Anyone know??
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It says something about going to a SBB Sales point, but I have no idea where thay are
Try your local railway station?
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Re: Half Price Train Card

The half price card is like a credit card with your photo on it so, it's unlikely you could get it the same day.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

You can get it instantly at any manned railway station. Take a photo with you. They will issue you a temprary paper pass and then you get the card a couple of weeks later in the post.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

They will give you a temporary one on the day you apply and pay.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

Go to your nearest SBB counter and you should be able to get the thing right there and then. But beware, I believe you need a picture too....

(I do not think that this is any different for expats, but can't confirm)
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Re: Half Price Train Card

If you go to a train station where someone is working you can get it from them - or so my experience has been with 3 different stations in Zurich.

You need to bring a passport, a photo of yourself, and your permit if you have one so they have a confirmed address. They will give you a temporary one that you can use straight away and the plastic version comes in the mail a few days later.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

You certainly used to be able to buy a half price card from the railway ticket office, they are normally valid one month and cost around 100chf.

The last one I had was just paper, no photo etc - maybe they have changed the system though? It's been a year or so since I last needed to get one.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

Anyone else?
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Re: Half Price Train Card

There is also an option to double up the Halbtax card as a Visa Creditcard.

And I can confirm they will issue a paper one until the card comes through.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

A card valid for one year costs CHF 150.-. Details.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

Awesome guys, my local train station isnt manned, but I will go to Olten tomorrow with my docs. Cheers!!!!
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Re: Half Price Train Card

Even if you dont have half-fare card, just buy the full-priced ticket at any station counter(not ticket machines) and later when you apply for half-fare card you will get half the fare on the tickets (upto 3) reimbursed to you. Ofcourse the half-fare card will be back dated to the earliest date of the three tickets

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Re: Half Price Train Card

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Even if you dont have half-fare card, just buy the ticket at any station counter(not ticket machines) and later when you apply for half-fare card you will get half the fare on the tickets (upto 3) reimbursed to you. Ofcourse the half-fare card will be back dated to the earliest date of the three tickets
I thought for a moment the ticket meant a half price one.
Perhaps 'a full-price ticket' would have been clearer.
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Old 10.08.2009, 23:44
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Awesome guys, my local train station isnt manned, but I will go to Olten tomorrow with my docs. Cheers!!!!
Before you go, check out if your employer offers you some REKA checks as you can use them to pay for travel at the SBB. The normal story is that you can buy these checks from your employer at say 10% - 20% less than face value and then use then as money at the train station. If not perhaps some of your work mates will have some they are willing to sell you - split the discount is the usual deal

Good luck with that,

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The half price card is like a credit card with your photo on it so, it's unlikely you could get it the same day.
You do not get the permanent one the same day (that one you get after 2 weeks by mail). But you do get a temporary one immediately after you pay for it at the train station. This one is valid for about 14 days.

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Re: Half Price Train Card

Ok.. who else got his halb tax from local train station and they sent her/him a credit card format in mail few days later which looks like this:



EDIT: I got mine too
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Awesome guys, my local train station isnt manned, but I will go to Olten tomorrow with my docs. Cheers!!!!
Make sure you have a passport photo of yourself and your permit and/or your passport (depending on your status) with you.

They asked for all 3 when I purchased mine weeks ago. The 1st give you a paper card indicating you have the 1/2 price card, but the actual credit card size card will be posted to you within a week or so.

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Hi,

Im going on a hike in Zermatt this weekend, however, I dont have a Half Price Card, just been on the website and if your not Swiss, you must post the form off. It takes 10 days.

It says something about going to a SBB Sales point, but I have no idea where thay are or even if you can get the card on the day. Anyone know??
That's weird and annoying that we can't buy this card online if we are not Swiss.
I attempted to order one today, and it keep bouncing me" the number are not recognised" or something... I tripled checked the numbers, etc... even attempted to put French ID, then French Passport, no luck.

I'm not even sure if its not the "street" that's not recognised because this dumb website does not tell you what's wrong. I tried many combinations, no luck!

That's me for going to the train station them, welcome to the 21st century in Switzerland!!!!!

I supposed SBB bought their website from SWISSCOM and after 2millions CHF for a page, they had no more budget for buying a proper "address checking" or "id checking" tool.
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Re: Half Price Train Card

Anyone know if I can buy half-price cards for my parents? They live in the UK, but come and visit us and gad about Switzerland several times a year, and it would really keep their holiday travel costs down.

I recall when I got my first one, I went to the station with my passport, a photo and my letter of attestation (still waiting for the permit at that points); like others have said, I got a paper one and the real card turned up a few days later.

My parents are coming over in January so we can easily toddle along to a station with their passports, buy the cards and have them posted to my address ready for their next visit, but obviously they don't have Swiss permits or anything with a Swiss address themselves.

Has anyone managed to do this? Or does Rule 3.7b Subsection 34 state that only Swiss residents can have these?

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