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I have a semester ticket and Swiss Pass. I want to buy a ticket from stuttgart to Zurich at 12.26. how to buy it ?

Hello,
I have a semester ticket and Swiss Pass. I want to buy a ticket from stuttgart to Zurich at 12.26. Could you please tell me how to buy it ? Or tell me some more specific information? I am now very confused. Thank you very much.

I am looking forward to your reply.

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The Swiss-Pass is just an electronic card, where either a Swiss GA or Half fare card are stored - which used to be plastic cards until 2015.

Since 2015 it is only stored electronically on the card, and by just looking at the card, nobody can see if you still have a valid GA or half fare card or not. The Swiss train crews can read your Swiss pass, the German train crews cannot. So if you state your GA or half-fare card to buy tickets at http://www.bahn.de and obtain a discount in Germany you will get into trouble because you cannot prove that you are entitled to the discount!

Therefore, you only get a discount on your ticket within Germany if you buy them at SBB. They will then provide you with an international discount card, which has only a short validity:

https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/...

Therefore, if you want a reduction in Germany resulting from your GA or Half-Fare card stored on your Swiss Pass, you must buy your ticket for the German part in Switzerland in order to obtain the international discount card and thus prove your right of reduction to the German train crew. (On this route there used to be Swiss train crews some years ago, maybe they are willing to read your Swiss Pass and accept your reduction for the DB-part although you did not stick to the new rules.)

Apparently, the international discount card is valid for the entire ticket validity. So buy a return ticket e.g. with the outward journey Zurich-Stuttgart on the first and returning (Stuttgart-Zurich) on the 31st. You could then book additional intermediate trips (e.g. Stuttgart-Zurich on the 6th and Zurich-Stuttgart on the 8th) at bahn.de and reuse your international discount card obtained by SBB with the fist booking.

From next Sunday, all IC trains between Stuttgart and Zurich can be used with short-distance tickets BETWEEN STUTTGART AND SINGEN ONLY; between Singen and Schaffhausen you still need an IC ticket however. (Actually, the SAME train appears TWICE between Stuttgart and Singen, once as IC and once as RE, with slightly different prices.) In case you want to use short-distance special offers, you will have to change at Singen and lose about half an hour.

If you want to travel with full flexibility, it is probably best to split your ticket:

1. If applicable (I do not know the details): Semester-Ticket Stuttgart – Böblingen?
2. Flexible DB-Ticket Böblingen? – Schaffhausen – you might want to buy a Bahncard25 or even 50 to get 25% or 50% discount (You can also get 25% on your GA or Half-Fare on your Swiss pass if buying at SBB together with Schaffhausen-Zürich)
3. SBB-Ticket Schaffhausen-Zurich only if you have a half-fare card on your Swiss Pass, not required with GA. This ticket can be bought at EITHER SBB (also online) OR DB (AT THE COUNTER ONLY), where the flexible version is probably a bit cheaper – for this leg you just show your Swiss pass as usual to the Swiss train crew and do not need an international discount ticket.

Variation: In case you want to save some more money, you can consider breaking leg 3 into 2 parts:
3a: SBB-ticket Schaffhausen – Bülach / Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (not in winter) or Dachsen / Winterthur
3b: ZVV-ticket Bülach / Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (not in winter) or Dachsen / Winterthur

This will only be worthwhile if you have to travel further in/from Zurich of want to travel in the Zurich area on a 24h pass on the next day:
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets...
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets...

In case you do not need full flexibility and have a Half-fare card the simplest solution is to buy a saver fare from Stuttgart/Böblingen to Zurich at DB well in advance ("without Bahncard", GA will not result in a discount anyhow)
In case you have a GA the simplest solution is to buy a saver fare from Stuttgart/Böblingen? To Schaffhausen. If you are a bit late, you can also consider this version with a half-fare card and buy a separate ticket from Schaffhausen to Stuttgart.

If you have a Bahncard25 (or also 50 from next Sunday), you get 25% discount on saver fares, thru to Zurich only on the German part.
(You can also get international saver fares at SBB, but they tend to be more expensive.)

Now it is up to you to sort your preferences and make some calculations yourself.

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Hello liui1,

what kind of Semester-Ticket do you have and what kind of ticket do you want to buy for your travel to Zürich? Have you tried our site www.bahn.de already? You can switch the language to English (see screenshot). /da

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The Swiss-Pass is just an electronic card, where either a Swiss GA or Half fare card are stored - which used to be plastic cards until 2015.

Since 2015 it is only stored electronically on the card, and by just looking at the card, nobody can see if you still have a valid GA or half fare card or not. The Swiss train crews can read your Swiss pass, the German train crews cannot. So if you state your GA or half-fare card to buy tickets at http://www.bahn.de and obtain a discount in Germany you will get into trouble because you cannot prove that you are entitled to the discount!

Therefore, you only get a discount on your ticket within Germany if you buy them at SBB. They will then provide you with an international discount card, which has only a short validity:

https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/...

Therefore, if you want a reduction in Germany resulting from your GA or Half-Fare card stored on your Swiss Pass, you must buy your ticket for the German part in Switzerland in order to obtain the international discount card and thus prove your right of reduction to the German train crew. (On this route there used to be Swiss train crews some years ago, maybe they are willing to read your Swiss Pass and accept your reduction for the DB-part although you did not stick to the new rules.)

Apparently, the international discount card is valid for the entire ticket validity. So buy a return ticket e.g. with the outward journey Zurich-Stuttgart on the first and returning (Stuttgart-Zurich) on the 31st. You could then book additional intermediate trips (e.g. Stuttgart-Zurich on the 6th and Zurich-Stuttgart on the 8th) at bahn.de and reuse your international discount card obtained by SBB with the fist booking.

From next Sunday, all IC trains between Stuttgart and Zurich can be used with short-distance tickets BETWEEN STUTTGART AND SINGEN ONLY; between Singen and Schaffhausen you still need an IC ticket however. (Actually, the SAME train appears TWICE between Stuttgart and Singen, once as IC and once as RE, with slightly different prices.) In case you want to use short-distance special offers, you will have to change at Singen and lose about half an hour.

If you want to travel with full flexibility, it is probably best to split your ticket:

1. If applicable (I do not know the details): Semester-Ticket Stuttgart – Böblingen?
2. Flexible DB-Ticket Böblingen? – Schaffhausen – you might want to buy a Bahncard25 or even 50 to get 25% or 50% discount (You can also get 25% on your GA or Half-Fare on your Swiss pass if buying at SBB together with Schaffhausen-Zürich)
3. SBB-Ticket Schaffhausen-Zurich only if you have a half-fare card on your Swiss Pass, not required with GA. This ticket can be bought at EITHER SBB (also online) OR DB (AT THE COUNTER ONLY), where the flexible version is probably a bit cheaper – for this leg you just show your Swiss pass as usual to the Swiss train crew and do not need an international discount ticket.

Variation: In case you want to save some more money, you can consider breaking leg 3 into 2 parts:
3a: SBB-ticket Schaffhausen – Bülach / Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (not in winter) or Dachsen / Winterthur
3b: ZVV-ticket Bülach / Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (not in winter) or Dachsen / Winterthur

This will only be worthwhile if you have to travel further in/from Zurich of want to travel in the Zurich area on a 24h pass on the next day:
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets...
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets...

In case you do not need full flexibility and have a Half-fare card the simplest solution is to buy a saver fare from Stuttgart/Böblingen to Zurich at DB well in advance ("without Bahncard", GA will not result in a discount anyhow)
In case you have a GA the simplest solution is to buy a saver fare from Stuttgart/Böblingen? To Schaffhausen. If you are a bit late, you can also consider this version with a half-fare card and buy a separate ticket from Schaffhausen to Stuttgart.

If you have a Bahncard25 (or also 50 from next Sunday), you get 25% discount on saver fares, thru to Zurich only on the German part.
(You can also get international saver fares at SBB, but they tend to be more expensive.)

Now it is up to you to sort your preferences and make some calculations yourself.