Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

So you thought the idea of a discount railcard was something new? Think again - the Swiss Halbtax card was introduced in the 19th century.

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Luxembourg’s idea of offering free rail travel (see the previous article) is certainly novel, but many countries across Europe have experimented with allowing discounted travel for travellers prepared to invest in a special card. Such schemes are often regarded as a feature of the modern era, with many cards becoming available in the 1970s as state-owned railways moved away from rigid distance-based tariffs.


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This article was published in hidden europe 60.