I don't really understand the difference between the two options. The Swiss Card seems awfully expensive compared to the Half Fare Card.
I will arrive at Zurich Airport (and fly back home from there) and then travel to Villars-sur-Glâne the same day. I will spend most of my vacation in that area. What are my advantages if I purchase a Swiss Pass?
I am glad you ask this question. It can be a bit confusing to find out the best option.
Swiss Card: The first and last trip of your journey from the Airport to your destination and back are included in the price (first or second class, depending on how you choose to travel). For all other train/bus/boat tickets you buy during your vacation, you receive a discount of 50%.
Half Fare Card: With this card you receive a discount of 50% on each ticket you buy (valid one month).
To figure out what is right for you, following an example:
The prices for the Swiss Card (as of today) are:
- CHF 186.00 for Second Class - CHF 261.00 for First Class
Normal round-trip Ticket Normal ticket from Zürich Airport to Villars-sur-Glâne (as of today):
- CHF 122.00 for Second Class - CHF 202.00 for First Class
So, a Swiss Card would cost CHF 64.00 (second class) more than a normal round-trip ticket and would only be worth buying if you consider more train trips during your vacation.
If you consider more train/bus/boat trips during your vacation, buying a Half Fare Card rather then a Swiss Card would be a slightly better option:
- CHF 61.00 half price round-trip ticket Second Class (Airport-Villars) - CHF 110.00 Half Fare Card Total CHF 171.00 (instead of CHF 186.00 for the Swiss Card).
Transfer Tickets This would be an option if you only need a ticket between the Airport and your destination, although only a ticket in first class would be slightly less expensive than a normal round-trip ticket (can only be purchased before you leave home):
- CHF 130.00 Second Class - CHF 197.00 First Class (normal fare CHF 202.00)
I hope that helps, and I wish you a wonderful vacation! Fida
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