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HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

I am leaving for Europe next Thursday (June 26th) and am trying to figure out the rail passes in Switzerland. I think what i would like is the "Swiss 1/2 Fare Card". see link: http://www.theswissholidays.sg/swiss..._fare_card.php

I was also told about an "After 7pm pass". Not really sure what it is!?

I tried to book the pass through the link above and they told me this was old information and if i would like this pass it will cost about 150 and i can buy it at a station....is this true??? Do you know how i could purchase it BEFORE i get to Switzerland because i would love to use it when i travel from Venice to Switzerland.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

These should help:

http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/?L=2

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reiselust/int-gaeste.htm
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Re: HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

Travel Passes for Visitors might help?
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Re: HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

I don't think you'll be able to use it for the trip from Venice to Switzerland. I believe that you have to start your journey in Switzerland (eg, return ticket must be from Switzerland and returning to Switzerland) to get the 25% discount in other countries. You could still use the half tax for just the bit in Switzerland, though, and get the 50% for that bit. But you might have to buy one ticket for the Italian bit of your journey and another for the Swiss part, which might be a bit complicated.
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Re: HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

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I don't think you'll be able to use it for the trip from Venice to Switzerland. I believe that you have to start your journey in Switzerland (eg, return ticket must be from Switzerland and returning to Switzerland) to get the 25% discount in other countries. You could still use the half tax for just the bit in Switzerland, though, and get the 50% for that bit. But you might have to buy one ticket for the Italian bit of your journey and another for the Swiss part, which might be a bit complicated.
Wrong, AFAIK.

The 1/2 fare (halbtax) can be used for trips originating in other countries and going into Switzerland. Been there, done that. You get the normal discount for the Swiss portion and sometimes some discount for the non-Swiss portion.
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Re: HELP: Swiss Rail Passes 1/2 fare card?!?!

You should be able to get a discount on the trip going into Switzerland. If you cannot get the card until you arrive in Switzerland, then normally when you buy the card you can get a refund for tickets that you have recently bought and used. There is a limit on this, maybe 4 tickets or something like that, but this should be straightforward since you'll only have one ticket. The people at the train stations should be very helpful once you arrive.
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