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How Do I Get From Interlaken to Brienz?

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Brienz is a charming village set along the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. It offers a wide variety of activities and stunning natural landscapes. In case you are based in Interlaken and would like to go to Brienz, then this article is for you.

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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 Interlaken and Brienz.

How do you get from Interlaken to Brienz, Switzerland? Let’s find out.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Transport

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 Interlaken to Brienz

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Brienz is accessible by train, car, or ferry. And there are several ways to get from Interlaken to Brienz. We will describe each option below.


How to Get from Interlaken to Brienz By Train

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The quickest and most convenient way to get from Interlaken to Brienz is to ride the direct train.

The following trains can bring you from Interlaken Ost to Brienz:

There are no direct trains from Interlaken West to Brienz. You will have to go to Interlaken Ost first. You may take the train, bus, or walk.


How to Get from Interlaken to Brienz By Boat

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Taking the boat from Interlaken to Brienz is the most scenic way to travel. The boat doesn’t leave every hour, though. Check the timetable to see when it leaves. 

You should take the boat if you can. It only takes a little longer than taking the train, but it is much more scenic and relaxing.

Interlaken West is the easiest place to start your boat trip to Brienz. Take the boat from Interlaken West heading to Thun. After 1 hour and 13 minutes, this boat will stop at the Brienz (See).

The most scenic way to get from Interlaken to Brienz is to ride the boat. To get to Brienz, you will have to:

  1. If you are coming from Interlaken West, take the train or bus going to Interlaken Ost.
  2. In Interlaken Ost, ride the boat going to Brienz (See).
  3. Exit the boat at the Brienz (See) stop, which is the final stop.

Brienz is accessible by boat two to six times a day from Interlaken depending on the season. You can find the boat schedule on bls.ch. I highly recommend taking the boat if you have enough time. You can also opt to take the scenic route going to Brienz and the train or bus on your way back.


How to Get from Interlaken to Brienz By Car

Brienz offers numerous parking lots, but you may need to drive a bit farther if the closer ones are already occupied. Here are the best places to park:

  • Parking Hauptstrasse – Hauptstrasse 150, 3854 Oberried am Brienzersee
  • Parkplatz der Rothorn-Bahn – Hauptstrasse 149, 3855 Brienz
  • Parking Rössliplatz – Brienz BE, Rössliplatz, 3855 Brienz

How Long Does the Journey From Interlaken to Brienz Take?

Here are the estimated travel times for various modes of transportation from Interlaken to Brienz (updated December 2023):

RouteMode of TransportDuration (Fastest Connection)
Interlaken Ost – BrienzTrain17 minutes
Interlaken West – Interlaken Ost – BrienzTrains28 minutes

How Much Will the Ticket From Interlaken to Brienz?

As of the time of publishing the article, a single journey ticket costs the following (updated December 2023):

RouteMode of TransportFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Interlaken Ost – BrienzTrain8.604.30
Interlaken West – Interlaken Ost – BrienzTrains10.205.10
Interlaken Ost – BrienzBoat32.0016.00

Can You Drive Into Brienz?

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Yes, you can take your car directly from Interlaken to Brienz. There are several parking lots in the village. Here are the best places to park:

  • Parking Hauptstrasse – Hauptstrasse 150, 3854 Oberried am Brienzersee
  • Parkplatz der Rothorn-Bahn – Hauptstrasse 149, 3855 Brienz
  • Parking Rössliplatz – Brienz BE, Rössliplatz, 3855 Brienz

Am I Allowed to Travel From Interlaken To Brienz?

Yes, Brienz is currently open to visitors. There are no restrictions.

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Darla Uhl 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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