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Are Half-Fare tickets really half off?

While checking single-journey ticket prices for Grindelwald Terminal to Zurich HB on the sbb.ch website, there are only three options:

  • 1x Point-to-point Ticket, Half-Fare Travelcard - 44 CHF
  • Saver Day Pass - 48 CHF
  • Seat reservation only - 5 CHF

For this route, is the Half-Fare Travelcard price the same as the regular price? I thought the Half-Fare Travelcard provided 50% discount on all public transportation in Switzerland.

Posted by
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It is 88 CHF, as your first point describes the price WITH a Half Fare Card.
If you look to the left, you will see a block with the "Half Fare" highlighted. That is the default. To the right is another shaded block "Full Fare". Click on that and you get the price without a Half Fare Card, You will also see a higher price for the Saver Day Pass.

PS, I get 42 CHF with the Half Fare Card, 84 CHF without

Posted by
1831 posts

Is your trip really starting at Grindelwald Terminal? If you are staying in the village your trip will start at Grindelwald.
Terminal is not the main station for Grindelwald, it is where the combined Eigerexpress/Männlichenbahn terminal is, hence the name.

Posted by
1442 posts

The real half-off fare is the “Supersaver” ticket when you are able to buy them in advance
The irony’s that the Supersaver ticket is half-off the half-fare card’s ticket price!

If you’ll be around Grindelwald and the Lauterbrunnen Valley for a few days, SBB’s “Berner Oberland Pass” is a great deal ( 3/4 Day Pass@ 240/280CHF). It
also covers trains to Lucerne, Bern, and even to Domodossola, Italy, which is just 90 minutes from Milan.

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Thanks for the tips guys. I figured out that I forgot that I had selected Half-Fare some time ago to compare prices and the system had left that option enabled. I wish SBB's website was more transparent about that or just give a list of all ticket prices.