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How Do I Get From Interlaken to Spiez?

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Spiez, a charming, lakeside town located on the southern banks of Lake Thun, offers a wide variety of activities for tourists to enjoy. Spiez offers a wealth of activities, whether you want to explore the natural beauty of the region, hike, cruise, or learn more about the town’s rich history. In case you are based in Interlaken and would like to go to Spiez, then this article is for you.

Image of Bubenberg Boat arriving in Spiez by TouringSwitzerland.com

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 Interlaken and Spiez.

How do you get from Interlaken to Spiez, 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 Spiez

Image of Spiez by TouringSwitzerland.com

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

How to Get from Interlaken to Spiez By Train

Image of Interlaken West Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

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

The following trains can bring you from Interlaken West or Interlaken Ost to Spiez:

  • IC 61 to Basel
  • RE9 to Spiez
  • ICE to Berlin Ostbahnhof
  • IC 81 to Romanshorn
  • PE to Montreux
  • EC to Hamburg-Altona
  • ICE to Basel Bad

How to Get from Interlaken to Spiez By Bus

You also have the option to go from Interlaken to Spiez by taking Bus 60. It will take a bit longer compared to riding the train but you will see the villages nearby such as Därligen, Leissigen, and Faulensee before reaching Spiez.

How to Get from Interlaken to Spiez By Boat

Image of the Bubenberg Boat, Interlaken West by TouringSwitzerland.com

Taking the boat from Interlaken to Spiez 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 bus, but it is much more scenic and relaxing. There will be a bit of walking involved in getting to the caves from the ferry stop.

Interlaken West is the easiest place to start your boat trip to Spiez. Take the boat from Interlaken West heading to Thun. After 1 hour and 24 minutes, this boat will stop at the Spiez Schiffstation.

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

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

Spiez 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 Spiez and the train or bus on your way back.

Impressions from the Boat Ride on Lake Thun

Riding the boat on Lake Thun was peaceful and beautiful. I liked the views of Spiez, Niesen, and the ride in the canal (Schifffahrtskanal) that connects Interlaken to Lake Thun. Here are some of my favorite pictures on the boat ride on Lake Thun:

Amazingly clear and light green waters in the Canal connecting Interlaken to Lake Thun. I loved this section. Image by TouringSwitzerland.com

How to Get from Interlaken to Spiez By Car

There are many parking lots in Spiez and nearby. Here are the best places to park:

  • Parking Spiez Bay (Parking Spiez Bucht) – Schachenstrasse 2a, 3700 Spiez
  • Parking Spiez Village (Parkplatz Spiez Dorf) – Seestrasse 17, 3700 Spiez
  • Parking Train Station (Parkplatz BLS Bahnhof) – Bahnhofstrasse 12D, 3700 Spiez

How Long Does the Journey From Interlaken to Spiez Take?

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

RouteMode of TransportDuration (Fastest Connection)
Interlaken West – SpiezTrain17 minutes
Interlaken West – SpiezBus34 minutes
Interlaken Ost – SpiezTrain17 minutes
Interlaken Ost – SpiezBus42 minutes
Interlaken West – SpiezBoat1 hour 24 minutes

How Much Will the Ticket From Interlaken to Spiez?

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

RouteMode of TransportFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Interlaken West – SpiezTrain10.405.20
Interlaken Ost – SpiezTrain10.405.20
Interlaken West – SpiezBoat32.0016.00

Can You Drive Into Spiez?

Image of Spiez by TouringSwitzerland.com

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

  • Parking Spiez Bay (Parking Spiez Bucht) – Schachenstrasse 2a, 3700 Spiez
  • Parking Spiez Village (Parkplatz Spiez Dorf) – Seestrasse 17, 3700 Spiez
  • Parking Train Station (Parkplatz BLS Bahnhof) – Bahnhofstrasse 12D, 3700 Spiez

Am I Allowed to Travel From Interlaken To Spiez?

Yes, Spiez 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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