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Traveling to Murren on a Sunday

My family and I are traveling next month from Paris to Mürren on a Sunday afternoon. We will be changing trains in Strasbourg and Basel before we get to Interlaken. Our connection time in Interlaken is fairly tight for the train we'd like to catch to Lauterbrunnen. Can we purchase our tickets for connections from Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen-Grütschalp-Mürren anywhere in Switzerland--such as on our layover in Basel? Or can Interlaken-Mürren tickets be purchased at anytime at a ticket kiosk? Also, if we want to purchase Junior Travel Cards (for our kids ages 6, 11, and 12), does that need to be done in person at a train station?

Finally, I've read in this forum where parents must have some kind of Swiss travel pass to purchase Junior Travel Cards. The SBB website just states that children with a Junior Travel card must be accompanied by a parent who holds a valid ticket. Can someone clarify this?

Thanks so much!

Posted by
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Junior Travel Cards purchased in Switzerland work with parents who have any regular train ticket. The difference with a Swiss Travel Pass or one-month Half Fare Card for visitors is that you get the same kids coverage for free, and then it's called a Swiss Family Card.

The Swiss system is well integrated, so I'd expect no problem to buy what you need in Basel. But also trains depart from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen every half hour, at :05 and :35.

Posted by
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Standard Swiss train tickets are valid on any train (on the date shown on the ticket). It doesn't matter which train you get.
The trains are designed to connect, the wait for the incoming train and allow enough time for you to get to the second train, as long as you don't dawdle. You choice whether you spend 5 minutes in Interlaken, or 35, or 65, 95, . . . (trains every 30 minutes).

At Basel, just buy one ticket from Basel to Mürren, either from the ticket machines (faster), or from the manned desk in the "travel centre". this will be valid on as many trains as needed. There is no reason to split the train purchase at Interlaken.

Posted by
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The Junior Card has the same end result as the Swiss Family Card. If you buy a STP the you can request a free Swiss Family Card. If you just show up and buy tickets then you’ll need to buy a Junior Card for each child (small fee) and from then on they ride free with you wherever you travel in Switzerland.