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Deutsche Bahn offers a "BahnCard" which offers the holder a 25, 50, or 100% discount on Deutsche Bahn rail tickets.

The wiki page mentions that, due to the "TEE Rail Alliance", the DB BahnCard 25 and BahnCard 50 can be used to get a discount on a trip in Switzerland that begins in Germany.

Is the BahnCard 25/50 also valid for a discount on a journey on Swiss trains that takes place entirely within Switzerland?

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Switzerland is not that big! I mean unless you go from Geneva to Italy, I think you can check the price of getting from a German border town to your final destination. Check very early, prices are very low compared to Swiss tickets (I paid 30 euros for Geneva-Nuremberg while Geneva-Basel is probably twice the price) –  Vince Dec 4 '12 at 17:43
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No!

Profitieren Sie als BahnCard-Inhaber von 25% Ermäßigung auf den Normalpreis der Auslandsstrecke bei grenzüberschreitenden Reisen in über 30 europäischen Länder.

Die Ermäßigung wird auch im Anschluss an Globalpreise (z.B. Thalys), gewährt - nicht aber im reinen Binnenverkehr des fremden Landes.

The last sentence says 'not valid for travel on trains exclusively in a foreign country'.

You can only use the discount if you begin your journey in Germany and cross into Switzerland.

Source: Deutsche Bahn

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Thanks! Where did you find that text? –  nibot Dec 4 '12 at 17:42
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@PeterHahndorf: Your answer will be even better if you include the link in your comment in the answer itself. –  hippietrail Dec 6 '12 at 23:16
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