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CFF Companion ticket.

Iím confused. Iíve studied the CFF site (French and English) but it isnít clear to me if the companion ticket is valid if travelling with someone paying a full (1/2 price abo) ticket.

We are going to Zurich on the 3rd, with a couple of hours stop in Renens, and Iím trying to get the best price.
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

No, Only with someone traveling on a day/month/year ticket valid for the whole GA-area, including saver day passes
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No, Only with someone traveling on a day/month/year ticket valid for the whole GA-area, including saver day passes
A day pass using the half-tax card could be the most affordable anyway given the departure and destination. Round trip single tickets could be pricey. I'd check all options for the main card holder to see if it would work out.
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

The rack rate is around 75. A Saver Day Pass is 99 plus 38 for the companion ticket. 137 is less than 150. Super saver tickets are available but adding Nyon Renens plus Renens Zurich comes out around 135.

The Super savers can only be used on the specific trains while, for about the same price, the saver day ticket plus companion are more flexible.

These are all in 1st, 2nd would likely be different.

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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

Not quite sure what you mean.

We have a ticket for our son which means if he travels with one of use parents, then he is covered by our ticket (and we both have 1/2 price cards).

If in doubt go ask at the ticket desk at your local train station.
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

What about getting two gemeinde/commune day passes? I think they're only 2nd class but would be more affordable
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

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Not quite sure what you mean.

We have a ticket for our son which means if he travels with one of use parents, then he is covered by our ticket (and we both have 1/2 price cards).

If in doubt go ask at the ticket desk at your local train station.
The "ticket" you're referring to is the Carte Junior/Junior-Karte, which as the name implies is only for children (accompanied by a parent or grandparent).

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What about getting two gemeinde/commune day passes? I think they're only 2nd class but would be more affordable
I was going to suggest the same, although OP, you'd better be quick as tickets are very limited and valid only on the day you specify.

Do you really need 1st class? Unless you expect the train to be absolutely crowded (unlikely on a Wednesday, outside very peak hours), there is virtually no difference between 1st and 2nd class. Unless red seats are essential to your wellbeing, of course.

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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

3 Wishes. Already checked, they are not available for the days we want to travel.
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

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Do you really need 1st class? Unless you expect the train to be absolutely crowded (unlikely on a Wednesday, outside very peak hours), there is virtually no difference between 1st and 2nd class. Unless red seats are essential to your wellbeing, of course.
No, of course not. But it is a bit of luxury that I can offer my lovely bride, who is in the middle of some nasty medical treatments. Three and a half hours will pass more quickly for her in 1st.
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

OP, presumably you read this from the SBB website:

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Travel with a companion at a special low price.

From 18 March to 5 May 2019, you can travel in twos at a special low price: with the companion ticket. The person accompanying you thereby travels throughout Switzerland with you for a day, if you hold one of the following tickets:

- a GA travelcard 1st or 2nd class (including a GA travelcard for SBB employees, a Trial GA travelcard or a GA travelcard for children),
- a Saver Day Pass,
- a Day Pass for the Half Fare Travelcard 1st or 2nd class (including a Day Pass Multipack and a Day Pass for the Half Fare Travelcard for SBB employees),
- a 1-month travelpass for the Half Fare Travelcard,
- a Leisure travelcard.
Relevant to you would be the Saver Day Pass or the Day Pass with Halbtax/Demi-tarif card. So a Saver Day Pass @ 99.- (at the moment) plus a Companion Ticket @ 38.- sounds like your best bet.
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Not quite sure what you mean.

We have a ticket for our son which means if he travels with one of use parents, then he is covered by our ticket (and we both have 1/2 price cards).

If in doubt go ask at the ticket desk at your local train station.
The ďCompanion TicketĒ is a special promotion at the moment. Anyone can travel with someone using a day pass, etc, for only 38.

So on the way out I can buy one saver day pass (99) plus a companion ticket (38) which is less than two rack rate tickets (150). On the way back, where we can commit to specific trains I bought two supersaver tickets (101)
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

Last question. Iím sure you can buy Zurich local transport tickets on-line or by SMS. Can anyone provide a link?
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcard...s/tickets.html

An hour-long ticket and of course the 24-hour ticket (which costs only 2x the hour-long ticket) are valid on the lovely Limmatschiffli, a glass-roofed, flat boat under the bridges of the Limmat river, and out into the lake. Hop on, hop off. Round trip takes about 50 minutes.
https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attrac...rt-Zurich.html


Be sure to look up the zones, too.
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcard...ets/zones.html
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Re: CFF Companion ticket.

Thanks doropfiz,
I think Iíll just use faretiq. That seems way too complicated.
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Last question. Iím sure you can buy Zurich local transport tickets on-line or by SMS. Can anyone provide a link?
Download the SBB app to your phone and use that to buy your tickets (it has all the timetable info as well). I think you can even request a bill (orange payment slip) if you don't want to provide your credit card details.
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The “Companion Ticket” is a special promotion at the moment. Anyone can travel with someone using a day pass, etc, for only 38.

So on the way out I can buy one saver day pass (99) plus a companion ticket (38) which is less than two rack rate tickets (150). On the way back, where we can commit to specific trains I bought two supersaver tickets (101)
Presumably you're travelling back on a different day...

This thread reminds me how phenomenally expensive public transport is in Switzerland. Having said that, I recently bought Supersaver tickets well in advance, to travel from Basel to ZŁrich Airport. The regular full price is CHF 39 in 2nd class, 69.- in 1st. We paid CHF 6 each, kids travel free with their Junior Cards.
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Not quite sure what you mean.

We have a ticket for our son which means if he travels with one of use parents, then he is covered by our ticket (and we both have 1/2 price cards).

If in doubt go ask at the ticket desk at your local train station.

That is not a companion ticket but a "Junior Card", costs Chf 30.-- you can get 2 cards, one for each parent and it allows a child to travel free with the parent. (one of the parents has to travel with child)
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