Swiss Rail Passes
Changing tracks near Zermatt in winter.
Family travel discounts
If you're traveling with children, be sure to request the free
Card when you buy your Swiss Travel System pass. The
Family Card offers these perks:
- Free travel for children from the ages of 6 through 15 when accompanied by
- Half-fare travel for accompanied children from 16 through 24 who live at
home or attend school full-time.
(Note: Without the Swiss Family Card, children from 6 through 15 pay
half-fare; children 5 and under travel free.)
This U.S.-based ticket agency of the Swiss and French national railroads sells travel
passes and point-to-point rail tickets with prices in dollars. Rail Europe's site also has rail-travel information and links to general
sales agents in other countries.
STC, a Swiss Railway company, has up-to-date information on
Swiss Travel System passes, tickets, scenic trains, etc.
Austrian Rail Passes
Read our article (which has Web links) if your vacation will take you across
the border into Österreich and Eastern Europe.
An article with links to North American vendors of Swiss and other European rail passes, from
Swiss Rail Passes - Page 1
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