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Venice to Gruyeres and The Swiss Pass?

Hello, My husband and I will be traveling to Italy and Switzerland in September and will be traveling from Venice to Gruyeres. In Italy we will be buying point to point tickets but Switzerland has me a little confused. So I just had a few questions: Will we be able to buy our tickets in Venice to get us to Gruyeres including connections or should we do this ahead of time? We will be going from Gruyeres to Interlaken straight up to Gimmelwald where we will be spending a few nights with a trip up to the Shchilthorn. We will be doing quite a bit of hiking from town to town so that might include some lifts. From Gimmelwald we will be traveling to Lucerne and from there to Zurich to catch our flight home. So after lots of research I'm still confused as to what our best option would be. Should we get the Swiss Pass? Half fare card? Or just buy point to point tickets? This is the last part of our planning so once I've got this nailed down we are set to go!
Thank you so much!

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Tim, I hadn't looked at the half fare card. Off to check it out.

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Have you looked at the Half Fare Card? It will allow you 50% discount on all of your Swiss travels for 1 month. You buy tickets at the counter and tell them you have a Half Fare Card. The price will be discounted 50%. The conductor on the train will verify your ticket as well as your Half Fare Card Alternately a Swiss Pass will allow you coverage of 100% as high up as Mürren. From there on up to the Schilthorn you will receive a discount of either 25% or 50%. Don't know for sure. On all other trains, buses, boats, gondolas, cogwheels you just jump on and jump off wherever you want and as many times as you want.