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How Do I Get From Zürich to Iseltwald?

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2023)

Located in the Bernese Oberland Region, Iseltwald is a small village on the southern shores of Lake BrienzCrash Landing on You, a Korean television show, has contributed to its popularity over the years.

This idyllic Swiss town has just 400 residents and is surrounded by turquoise waters and the Swiss Alps. Iseltwald is also a popular stop for hikers, with some combining it with a trip to nearby Giessbach Falls

Image of Iseltwald courtesy of Wikimedia

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 Zurich and Iseltwald.

How do you get from Zurich to Iseltwald, Switzerland? Let’s find out.

How To Get From Zurich to Iseltwald

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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. 

Zurich Train Station
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Iseltwald is accessible by public transport in two ways. 

  • Option 1: From Interlaken, you can take the bus to Iseltwald.
  • Option 2: From Brienz, you can take the boat to Iseltwald.

The second option is more scenic, but it takes around half an hour longer.

How To Get From Zurich to Iseltwald By Bus

To get to Iseltwald from Zurich, you’ll have to take the following trains and bus connections:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich to Bern.
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken Ost.
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take Bus 103 to Iseltwald, Dorfplatz. Get off in Iseltwald, Dorfplatz.

You’ll find direct trains between Zurich and Interlaken Ost. Usually, these trains depart every two hours.

How To Get From Zurich to Iseltwald By Boat

Image of the ship as seen from Iseltwald by TouringSwitzerland.com

To get to Iseltwald from Zurich, you’ll have to take the following route:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich to Lucerne.
  2. In Lucerne, take the Interregio train to Brienz.
  3. In Brienz, take the boat going to Interlaken Ost. Get off in Iseltwald (See).

Iseltwald is accessible by boat four times a day from Brienz. 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 Iseltwald and the bus on your way back.

How To Get From Zurich Airport to Iseltwald

To get to Iseltwald from Zurich Airport, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich Airport to Bern.
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken Ost.
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take Bus 103 to Iseltwald, Dorfplatz. Get off in Iseltwald, Dorfplatz.

How Long Does the Train From Zurich To Iseltwald Take?

The following table shows the travel time duration from Zurich to Iseltwald (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (Fastest Connection)
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Iseltwald, Dorfplatz2 hours 24 minutes
Zurich – Lucerne – Brienz – Iseltwald (See)3 hours 6 minutes
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Iseltwald, Dorfplatz2 hours 37 minutes

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Zurich to Iseltwald Cost?

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

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Iseltwald, Dorfplatz79.4039.70
Zurich – Lucerne – Brienz – Iseltwald (See)98.0049.00
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Iseltwald, Dorfplatz83.4041.70

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.


Can You Drive Into Iseltwald?

Image taken in Iseltwald by TouringSwitzerland.com

Yes, you can take your car directly from Zurich to Iseltwald. The total travel time by car is 1 hour and 36 minutes (around 110 kilometers).

There is a parking lot near the lake (Address: Hübeli 67, 3807 Iseltwald). In case that one is full, you can also try at Leacherboden 97, 3807 Iseltwald.

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Am I Allowed to Travel From Zurich To Iseltwald?

Yes, Iseltwald 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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