Geneva to Mürren Train: All You Need To Know

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. 

Image of the train to Mürren from Grütschalp by wikimedia

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.

It is inevitable that logistical concerns will 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 in your own car? Let’s find out.

How To Get From Geneva to Mürren

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As a first step, you should know about this website: www.sbb.ch. If you wish to install the app on your phone, they have one as well. Using the website, you can simply type in your arrival and departure destinations. After that, it will guide you to where you need to be and when. 

How To Get From Geneva to Mürren

Image of Geneva’s Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

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, see Staubbach Waterfall and Mürrenbachfall before continuing to Mürren.

Let’s cover both options below.

How To Get From Geneva to Mürren via Grütschalp

In order 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

In order 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 do I get from Mürren to the Geneva Airport?

To go from Mürren to the Geneva Airport, 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 Airport (Genève-Aéroport)

How long does the train from Geneva to Mürren take?

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 – Mürren3 hours and 56 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 that you will take, it is definitely the last train that is the most scenic. I am talking about the ride from Grütschalp to Mürren. This is the most scenic.

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

Other Scenic Trains

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 Pass and Bernina Express by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

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. 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 definitely 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 publishing the article, a single journey ticket costs the following:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren90.8045.40
Geneva – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren95.2047.60
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Mürren92.8046.40
Geneva Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (Bus and Cable car) – Gimmelwald – Mürren97.2048.60

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 will have to 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, 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 at the parking lot near Schilthornbahn.

If you park at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you can take the cable car to Grütschalp, 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 really have in 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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