If you buy your ticket online or via your mobile phone, you should keep an eye out for supersaver tickets. Just search for your desired route and travel time and you’ll be able to see whether supersaver tickets at a discount of up to 70% are available for the service in question.SBB supersaver tickets
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With the Local Resident’s Card (Einheimischenausweis), which is issued by the municipality of residence and must be renewed annually, residents receive discounted tickets on certain routes (e.g. Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, cable cars). The easiest way to get your ticket is at a railway ticket counter. The Local Resident’s Card must be presented to ticket inspectors on the train. At the ticket vending machine, for a ticket to Zermatt you should select “Other tickets/offers” > “Regional special offers” > “MGB cantonal discount only valid with special discount card”. / “Weitere Billette/Angebote“ > “Regionale Spezialangebote“ > “MGB Erm. Kanton, nur gültig mit spez. Ausweis“.
If you would like to travel on public transport with children between the ages of 6 and 16, you can buy a personal Children’s Co-travelcard for CHF 30, valid for one year. The card makes it possible to go on inexpensive day trips in Switzerland, even when your young relatives are visiting.SBB Junior travelcard
The SBB is now offering a Saver Day Pass for customers who book at least 60 days in advance. The sooner you buy your Saver Day Pass online or via your mobile phone, the lower the price will be (from CHF 29 with a Half Fare Travelcard and from CHF 52 without a Half Fare Travelcard).SBB Saver Day Pass
By bus & train
Swiss punctuality and public transport
Public transport is of great importance in Switzerland. Almost every village is accessible, and services are punctual and run at regular intervals. Passengers who travel regularly by bus and train should buy a travelcard, as individual journeys on Switzerland’s public transport network are comparatively expensive. The relatively cheap Half Fare Travelcard (CHF 165/year) allows you to travel on public transport (and some cable cars and boats) throughout Switzerland at half price.
Tickets and travelcards
If you want to travel by train, you must buy a ticket before boarding the train. Tickets can only be purchased directly on the train if there is no ticket machine at the departure station. Buses are subject to a different system. Ticket machines can be found at every station and at most bus stops, and there are staffed ticket counters in the larger stations. Tickets can also be purchased online or via mobile phone. There are various travelcards available for people who travel frequently. These are available for individual routes, individual areas (tariff associations) or the entire Swiss transport network (GA travelcard). Children under six travel for free. Children up to the age of 16 can travel with their parents or grandparents almost free of charge if they have a Junior travelcard or Cildren's Co-travelcard. Information on tickets and travelcards can be obtained from Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) or bus companies.
Day Passes from your municipality
If you are planning a longer trip within Switzerland, many municipalities offer Day Passes at reduced prices (Gemeindetageskarte). However, be sure to book early, as only a limited number of Day Passes are available. Further information can be obtained from the municipal administration.
For night owls
If you want to party longer at the weekend, you can take advantage of the PostBus’s night bus service on certain routes. The service is geared towards the routes along the valley floor between Brig/Naters and Salgesch. A separate night bus ticket must be purchased from the driver.