Traveling Zermatt to Paris with Swiss Half Fare Cards & Swiss Family Cards

Hello,We're a family 2 adults & 2 children (9& 15 yo) planning to travel from Zermatt to Paris .We had 2 travel passes (swiss half fare cards) and 2 swiss family cardWhen we book the trains tickets online we saw that the children are not traveling free as they stated on these cards, When we do the on line reservation we have to mention also the kids ?Can you clarify this for us?Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 09, 2018 18:58
    Hi Radu,

    Rail connections from Zermatt to Paris take 7-8 hours in duration and involve at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in either Zurich, Geneva, or Lausanne. The first segment, from Zermatt to Visp, runs along part of the Glacier Express scenic route. The high-speed TGV Lyria is the train runs to Paris from either Zurich, Geneva, or Lausanne.

    The Swiss Half Fare Cards and the Swiss Family Cards would only be valid on the trains operating within Switzerland. These would not be valid on trains from Zurich to Paris, Geneva to Paris, or Lausanne to Paris.

    On trains within Switzerland, you can rest assured that the Swiss Half Fare Cards do enable you to receive half-price on tickets for the adults, and the Swiss Family Cards do enable the children to travel free.

    The actual half-priced tickets are not available to be purchased on our website, but they can be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.

    Since the children are free, you don't need to book anything for them. You would just show the Swiss Family Cards when you board. For the children, you would only need to book tickets for them on your train to Paris.

    On the trains within Switzerland, reservations are not necessary, so the Swiss Half Fare Cards, corresponding half-price tickets, and the Swiss Family Cards are all you would need to board.

    You would purchase tickets for the TGV Lyria segment by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, Depending on the option you choose, you would search Zurich to Paris, Geneva to Paris, or Lausanne to Paris.

    For planning purposes, you can use this same search feature just to view schedules for the first part of the route; from either Zermatt to Zurich, Zermatt to Geneva, or Zermatt to Lausanne.
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