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zurich-frankfurt by train

I live in zurich, I have both halbtax and gleis 7. I have a friend in frankfurt who I would want to visit over a weekend sometime, but I want to go there cheap. So I thought if I travel by night-time, I get the journey in switzerland for free and then only will have to pay for the travelling in germany. Got that one correct, right?

But the Sbb.ch site is so strange and will only give me prices around 100franks for hin-und-rückfahrt journeys. Can't enter that I have gleis 7 on the site!

Also one person told me that the halbtax are valid to some extensions in germany as well, is that true?

My question is basically: How can I get to Frankfurt over a weekend in cheapest possible way? Any ideas?
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Re: zurich-frankfurt by train

Halbtax is valid in CH only for up to half the fare ( e.g. half price from Zürich to Basel SBB or to Konstanz ) and 25% off for the remainder of the journey into Germany. The 25% discount is because of the TEE Rail Alliance agreement, and would apply from Basel SBB or Konstanz to Frankfurt.

For other counries, you might need to get the the Rail Plus add-on ( you need to ask SBB to add this to your Halbtax ), in which case you get a discount for the foreign portion.

There are no free rides with the Habltax in CH. It only reduces the fare ( by max 50% ) up to the last Swiss border station.

You might want to look up www.bahn.ie and plot a journey from Zürich to Frankfurt and under Bahncard / discounts, state that you have a Bahncard 25 ( which is equivalent to a Swiss Halbtax ). Purchases from Deutsche Bahn are best when made 90 days prior to travel ( some deals are as low as EUR30 onew way ) and prices increase rapidly when the travel date nears.

Owing to an impending timetable change on December 11th 2011, journeys beyond that date are presently unbookable until the 18th of October.


Dear Mr. XXXXXX,

Thank you for your e-mail and we apologize that we could not answer earlier.

On the 11.December 2011 there is a change to the winter schedule. The arrival of the new schedule is expected on the 18.October 2011. From there on you can book journeys for the 11th December and later dates.

With kind regards

yours www.bahn.de service-team

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