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Half-travel card for a tourist

Hello,

I would like to order the Half-fare travelcard from the SBB, but I don't have a resident's permit. Do you know If I can have it this way? Is there any problem?

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Old 17.06.2015, 22:23
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

It's no problem. Take your ID and a passport photo to the train station (Bahnhof).
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

to the EF and, soon, to Switzerland!

I (a tourist) have bought one month, one year and three year cards over the years with no problem.

The one month card is a paper card that is handed to you as you pay. The one year and longer cards are plastic cards (photo required) which take a few days to "print" (you are given a paper temp card at the time of purchase). An address of some kind is needed to deliver them after printing. Can be mailed to your hotel, or to "poste restante", or even picked up at any SBB station

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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

Thank you very much for the information. I read the Half-fare travelcard order form (with Visa credit card) on the internet and says that I must have a resident's permit, so that's why I am asking.

http://www.sbb.ch/content/dam/sbb/de...kelnummer=5936

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Old 17.06.2015, 22:37
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

For the credit card Halbtax yes, but you can also get a Halbtax without the credit card
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

Oh thank you! I thought that this was the difference too, but I wanted to double check it.
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

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For the credit card Halbtax yes, but you can also get a Halbtax without the credit card

The halbtax with credit card functions will be no longer available from Aug 01st 2015, because of the change to the swiss pass.
Current halbtax with credit card functions will be vaild until the expiry (printed) date on the card .
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The halbtax with credit card functions will be no longer available from Aug 01st 2015, because of the change to the swiss pass.
Current halbtax with credit card functions will be vaild until the expiry (printed) date on the card .
Thank you, blackbird, for this information! I had tried to renew mine and it was rejected. SBB (un)helpfully told me to check with the card providers (Bonuscard?) and I was really miffed by all this.
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The halbtax with credit card functions will be no longer available from Aug 01st 2015, because of the change to the swiss pass.
Current halbtax with credit card functions will be vaild until the expiry (printed) date on the card .
Explain this, please.
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Explain this, please.
See this page from SBB:
http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...visa-card.html

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With the change to the SwissPass, the Half-Fare travelcard with Visa card is no longer being offered. Existing travelcards remain valid until expiry of the credit card.
Edit - Here's a link to the SwissPass, for those that are wondering: http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...swisspass.html

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Re: The Swiss Public Transport System

Hoi,

My friend will come here for one month. He will travel quite a lot within Switzerland. Can I purchase any discount card (like half-fare) for him? Which options for discount for foreigners are available here?

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Old 28.06.2015, 16:31
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Re: The Swiss Public Transport System

The whole point of 'Stickies', Threads which remain visible long after they were written, is to give basic information on a certain subject.
This Thread is about Travel in Switzerland and in the first post there are links which will help you to find various possibilities for tickets and cheap rates.
This part Travelcards and Tickets, might help you.
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Re: The Swiss Public Transport System

Longbyt, thanks. I checked SBB site and some other ones, but was lost in various options Also as far as I understand, half-fare cards will be replaced by Swiss pass cards, soon.

As I have myself a 1-year GA card, I did not care much about these discount cards before. Maybe someone had purchased cards for foreigners recently and can suggest the best option?

Thanks.
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Longbyt, thanks. I checked SBB site and some other ones, but was lost in various options
Pity you didn't search here properly, else you'd have seen the recent thread, to which I've now moved your posts, about the very subject you're wanting to know about.
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Re: Half-travel card for a tourist

Ace1,

Thanks, I just looked through some sites and realized that the best option is the below:

The other option is the one-month Half Fare card for CHF 110. It works in exactly the same way as the longer-lasting cards but doesn't involve application forms or passport photos. That makes it perfect for guests visiting from abroad (my sister bought one on her last trip here), or if you just want a stay-cation exploring Switzerland. You can buy one at most railway stations and start using it straight away. Even better for families is that buying the one-month card entitles you to the free Family Card, meaning that children aged 6–15 travel everywhere for free if accompanied by at least one parent.
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