Feb 9, 2016 - 10:07 PM
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<<"I have one more question! My understanding when traveling from Freiburg,Germany to Lauterbrunnen is that we should only pay for a ticket to Basel. When we change trains in Basel our one month swiss pass should kick in for the rest of the journey, correct?">>
That may not be correct. If you are using the half-fare card that you suggested at first, once you are in Switzerland, starting at Basel, you need to also have a valid half-fare ticket, which you show the conductor along with the half-fare discount card.
If I recall correctly, that can be figured out at Freiburg and included in the German ticket with the discount for the Swiss portion, but I'm not 100% sure of that..... Or, you can buy that Swiss ticket at Basel SBB station, or online. You can also buy the Freiburg to Lauterbrunnen ticket online from the SBB, in which case,the system checks on whether you have a half-fare card and prices the entire trip with a discount only for the Swiss part.
If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, instead of the half-fare card, it pays the complete fare inside Switzerland, and you will not have to have a ticket for the Swiss part.
Some of the other combination passes also could cover the leg from Basel to Lauterrbrunnen without the need for a ticket. There are too many of those for me to remember; you got some links from Arno, who (along with Annika) is an expert on that sort of stuff.