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Swiss travel card or half fare card

I will be on a tour with rail for 10 days. Starting from Geneva for two nights, rail and hotel included to Zermatt for two nights, same with Bern for two nights and lastly hotel and rail to Lucerne for two nights. I will be departing Switzerland on my own from Zurich airport after my two nights stay in Lucerne. In between the rail tours, I’d like to visit Montruex, Lausanne and Chateaux de Chillon while in Geneva. Visit the Gornergrat/Matterhorn while in Zermatt and Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe either from Bern or Lucerne. What would be the best rail tickets should I get to see the places mentioned. Thank you.

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Visit the official SBB train site to get Point to Point ticket prices, the do a column where you pay 120 chf for the HFC. See which one works for you.
Know that with the HFC, you still need to purchase tickets in advance, either from a kiosk or manned ticket counter.
If you are looking for the convenience of HOHO, the Swiss Travel Pass is for you

Half Fare Card with Saver Day Pass for the longest-distance days booked 60 days in advance is usually the best deal. To be certain you need to do the math.

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Could you please let me know why book 60 days in advance and how much discount if booking 60 days in advance? If I can't know for sure on my travel plan 60 days ahead, does it offer discount if I book within 60 days say 2 weeks in advance? thank you so much!

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You only know the current discount by looking at now and seeing what a Super Saver Ticket costs for a given trip. These tickets are train specific and nonrefundable. No telling what they will be in the future and even if there will be any available.

In the OP's itinerary, it does not exceed 240 CHF, so no point in a Half Fare Card, but a Saver Day Pass bought now will save some money on the Lugano-Belp trip.

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Swiss Travel Pass! No need to prebook anything, just hop on, hop off. Boats, Trains, busses, are all covered, even getting up to Rigi, Pilatus and other trams.

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Swiss Travel Pass does not fully cover Pilates, unless things have changed.