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Geneva to Mürren Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla

Mürren is a romantic, car-free mountain resort in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions, the Bernese Oberland.  From its altitude of 1,645 meters, it provides a bird’s eye view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley below.

Mürren is the starting point to reach Schilthorn (Piz Gloria). It is surrounded by other charming villages like Gimmelwald, Allmendhubel, and Stechelberg. 

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The village of Mürren is an amazing place to visit, and you might want to stay for a few days. This sunny place offers a wide view of the southwest. Due to this, it enjoys above-average sunshine hours compared to other places in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Logistical concerns will inevitably arise. Those who wish to travel by train in Switzerland need to know several specifics before doing so. In this article, we will explore the train journey between Geneva and Mürren. How do you get from Geneva to Mürren by train?  Or are you able to drive your car? Let’s find out.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

You can start by visiting the SBB website: www.sbb.ch. Using the website, you can type in your departure and arrival destinations. It will then guide you to where and when you need to be. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

If you wish to pay half the fare for all your train rides in Switzerland, a Half Fare Discount Card (1-month validity) is available on www.sbb.ch. This allows you to travel for half the price on all SBB routes and most other railways during the duration of your discount card.

Using the Swiss Pass, you get unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in Switzerland. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.

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How To Get From Geneva to Mürren

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There are two ways to get to Mürren starting Lauterbrunnen. The first and easier trip is via Grütschalp cable car. The second is a longer route via the Stechelberg cable car. However, the second option does allow you to travel through the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and see Staubbach Waterfall and Mürrenbach Waterfall before continuing to Mürren.

Let’s cover both options below.

How To Get From Geneva to Mürren via Grütschalp

To get to Mürren from Geneva via Grütschalp, 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
  4. In Lauterbrunnen, follow the signs to transfer to the cable car heading to Grütschalp
  5. In Grütschalp, transfer to the small train that leads you to Mürren

How To Get From Geneva to Mürren via Stechelberg

To get to Mürren from Geneva via Stechelberg, 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
  4. In Lauterbrunnen, transfer to the bus that goes in the direction of Stechelberg. At Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn, get off the bus.
  5. In Stechelberg (Schilthornbahn), transfer to the cable car that leads you to Gimmelwald.
  6. In Gimmelwald, you will take the connecting cable car to Mürren.

How to Get from Mürren to Geneva

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To go from Mürren to the Geneva, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. From Mürren, take the connecting train to Grütschalp
  2. In Grütschalp, take the cable car down to Lauterbrunnen
  3. In Lauterbrunnen, take the regional train to Interlaken Ost
  4. In Interlaken Ost, take the Intercity train to Bern
  5. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Geneva (Genève) or Geneva Airport (Genève-Aéroport)

How Long Does the Journey from Geneva to Mürren Take?

The following table shows the travel time from Geneva to Mürren (updated December 2023):

RouteTravel Duration (Fastest)
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren3 hours and 46 minutes
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren3 hours and 53 minutes
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren4 hours and 9 minutes
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren4 hours and 3 minutes

Is the Train From Geneva to Mürren Scenic?

Of all the trains you will take, the last train is the most scenic. I am talking about the ride from Grütschalp to Mürren. This is the most scenic.

The bus ride from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg is going to be also scenic since the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor is gorgeous.

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 – The 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. 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 Mürren Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Geneva to Mürren:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren94.6047.30
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren99.2049.60
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren96.6048.30
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren101.2050.60

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 Mürren?

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


Can You Drive Into Mürren?

No, you cannot drive your car into Mürren. You must park your car in the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal or the Schilthornbahn Parking Lot. If you park at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you can take the cable car to Grütschalp, and then the train to Mürren. If you park at the Schilthornbahn Parking Lot, you can take the cable cars to Gimmelwald, then Mürren.

Mürren is a car-free village accessible by public transportation.


Is Mürren Car-Free?

Image of Mürren from Wikimedia

Yes, Mürren is a car-free village similar to Wengen and Zermatt. As you cannot take your car, you will have to park it at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal or the parking lot near Schilthornbahn.

If you park at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you can take the cable car to Grütschalp, and then the train to Mürren. If you park at the Schilthornbahn Parking Lot, you can take the cable cars to Gimmelwald, then Mürren.


How Do You Get Around in Mürren?

As Mürren is car-free, you cannot bring your car. However, if you need help with getting around, you can contact your hotel and they can arrange a small emission-free taxi for you. If you would like to arrange it yourself, you can call Stäger Transporte (Phone: +41 33 855 24 80) and Feuz Transporte (Phone: +41 33 855 18 70).

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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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