Next month I will travel to Europe for the first time with my husband. We will spend 3 - 4 days in Paris, and continue on to Basel to visit my sister, arriving around september 11 . I am thinking of doing that part of the trip by train. We have to be in Venice by the 19th, and I am torn between spending more time sightseeing in Switzerland or Italy. Besides flying from Basel or Zurich to Venice, I gather we could use train route also. If anyone has experience with this "route" please share. Does the Sbb half-fare card only work for rides within Switzerland? (therefore not for travel to Italy?) Many thanks for any input.