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Geneva To Lauterbrunnen Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla

Located in an idyllic valley surrounded by waterfalls is Lauterbrunnen. The whole area is a valley with 72 waterfalls. Lauterbrunnen is a great place to take a break and explore the Jungfrau region.

Lauterbrunnen is a little village at the bottom of a U-shaped valley in Switzerland. Many of the residents of this valley come from Lötschental, the adjacent valley in Valais. It was said that a road passed between Eiger and Mönch on the way to Valais. Some say the heights used to be much milder and more fertile.

Image of Lauterbrunnen by TouringSwitzerland.com

Taking the train from Lauterbrunnen, you can reach Wengen’s sunny car-free terrace as well as Kleine Scheidegg. You can change trains at Kleine Scheidegg to go to Jungfraujoch. 

There’s another beautiful mountain resort called Mürren across the valley from Wengen. It’s easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen. From Mürren, you can also reach Schilthorn (Piz Gloria).

Logistical concerns come up inevitably. Particularly for those who want to travel by rail in Switzerland, there are several specifics concerning train travel. In this article, we will discuss the train journey from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen. How do you get from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen? Can you drive in your car to Lauterbrunnen? Find out more.

How To Get From Geneva to Lauterbrunnen

Image of Geneva’s Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

To get to Lauterbrunnen from Geneva, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Geneva or Geneva Airport to Bern
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken Ost
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Lauterbrunnen

How To Get From Lauterbrunnen to Geneva

To go from Lauterbrunnen to the Geneva or Geneva Airport, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. From Lauterbrunnen, take the regional train to Interlaken Ost
  2. In Interlaken Ost, take the Intercity train to Bern
  3. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Geneva or Geneva Airport (Genève-Aéroport)

How Long Is the Train Ride From Geneva to Lauterbrunnen?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Geneva – Lauterbrunnen3 hours 14 minutes
Geneva Airport – Lauterbrunnen3 hours 24 minutes

Is the Train From Geneva to Lauterbrunnen Scenic?

No, not entirely. The trains from Geneva and Bern are fast, commuter trains that want you to get from one place to another as quickly as possible.

As soon as you reach Lauterbrunnen, most of the trains will be slow, scenic rides, so you can take it all in.

In case you would like to check out other scenic trains, then there are more scenic trains recommended below. These are the Golden Pass Line, the Glacier Express, and the Bernina Express. Another interesting train is the Historical Train that goes from Davos to Filisur.

Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com
Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com

Your other options in detail are the following:

  • Golden Pass – Golden Pass departs from Lucerne. You would take a train from Geneva to Lucerne, then change to Interlaken. This is sometimes referred to as the east end of this route. The Golden Pass has panorama coaches and is scenic.
  • Glacier Express – Glacier Express is a long journey that starts from Zermatt, home of Matterhorn. It then traverses 291 bridges and 91 tunnels before stopping in St. Moritz. Both Zermatt and St. Moritz are beautiful mountain resorts worthy of a longer stay. The Glacier Express passes by several idyllic mountain villages.
  • Bernina Express – Bernina Express is another train route that begins in Chur. Chur is the oldest alpine city in Switzerland and is worth visiting. This train route spans 196 bridges. It goes through 55 tunnels and passes 20 beautiful villages in Switzerland. 
  • Historical Train Davos to Filisur – May through October, vintage carriages are pulled by the century-old crocodile locomotive from Davos Platz to Filisur. The train line covers a total length of 4,200 meters through 14 tunnels and 28 bridges. Its scenic highlights include the Wiesen Viaduct and the Zügen Gorge.

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Geneva to Lauterbrunnen Cost?

As of the time of publishing the article (updated December 2023), a single journey ticket from Geneva (Airport) to Lauterbrunnen costs the following:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Lauterbrunnen82.8041.40
Geneva Airport – Lauterbrunnen84.8042.40

Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

No, there is no need to reserve a spot on the train. But you can always add this option if that is your wish.

Am I Allowed to Travel From Geneva to Lauterbrunnen?

Yes, there are currently no restrictions for traveling from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen.

Does Lauterbrunnen Have a Train Station?

Image of the Lauterbrunnen Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

Yes, there is a train station in Lauterbrunnen (see it pictured above). The trains in Lauterbrunnen go to Interlaken Ost, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. The office at the train station is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Sundays, it opens at 8:00 AM.

Nearby is the Lauterbrunnen bus station where buses leave for Stechelberg, Camping Jungfrau, and Isenfluh.

Is Lauterbrunnen Car-Free?

Image of the Lauterbrunnen Valley by TouringSwitzerland.com

No, unlike nearby Wengen, Lauterbrunnen is not car-free. You can park your car at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. They have a total of 975 parking spaces there.

On the other hand, the nearby villages of Wengen and Mürren are car-free. As you cannot take your car to these two villages, you will have to park it at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. From the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you will have to take public transportation to either Wengen or Mürren (via Grütschalp or Stechelberg).

How Do You Get Around in Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is a small village and you can easily walk everywhere. However, if you want to travel to different destinations, there are many train and bus connections from the Lauterbrunnen Train and Bus Stations.

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Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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