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How to Get From Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Located in an idyllic valley surrounded by waterfalls is Lauterbrunnen. In fact, the whole area is a valley with 72 waterfalls. Lauterbrunnen is a great place to take a break and explore the Jungfrau region.

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Lauterbrunnen is a little village at the bottom of a U-shaped valley in Switzerland. Many of the residents of this valley come from Lötschental, the adjacent valley in Valais. It was said that a road passed between Eiger and Mönch on the way to Valais. Some say the heights used to be much milder and more fertile.

Taking the train from Lauterbrunnen, you can reach Wengen’s sunny car-free terrace as well as Kleine Scheidegg. You can change trains at Kleine Scheidegg to go to Jungfraujoch. 

There’s another beautiful mountain resort called Mürren across the valley from Wengen. It’s easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen. From Mürren, you can also reach Schilthorn (Piz Gloria).

Logistical concerns come up inevitably. Particularly for those who want to travel by rail in Switzerland, there are several specifics concerning train travel. In this article, we will discuss the train journey from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen. How do you get from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen? Can you drive in your car to Lauterbrunnen? Find out more.

How to Get From Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen

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It is quite easy to get from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen. Two direct trains operate every hour between Interlaken Ost and Lauterbrunnen. However, if you’re traveling to or from Interlaken West, you’ll need to transfer to a connecting train at Interlaken Ost.

Trains leave from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen every 5 and 35 minutes past the hour.


How Long Does the Train From Interlaken To Lauterbrunnen Take?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration
Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen22 minutes
Interlaken West – Lauterbrunnen33 minutes
Lauterbrunnen – Interlaken Ost22 minutes
Lauterbrunnen – Interlaken West32 minutes

Is the Train From Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen Scenic?

Although the trains do not have big panoramic windows like the Bernina Express and Glacier Express, the scenery going to Lauterbrunnen is very picturesque.

In case you would like to check out other scenic trains, then there are three recommended below. These are the Golden Pass Linethe Glacier Expressand the Bernina Express.

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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 Zurich 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. 

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen Cost?

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

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen7.803.90
Interlaken West – Lauterbrunnen10.805.40

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 Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen?

Yes, there are currently no restrictions for traveling from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen.

Does Lauterbrunnen Have a Train Station?

Lauterbrunnen to Zurich
Image of Lauterbrunnen Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

Yes, there is a train station in Lauterbrunnen. The trains in Lauterbrunnen go to Interlaken Ost, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. The office at the train station is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Sundays, it opens at 8:00 AM.

Nearby is the Lauterbrunnen bus station where buses leave for Stechelberg, Camping Jungfrau, and Isenfluh.

Is Lauterbrunnen Car-Free?

Image of Car-free Wengen near Lauterbrunnen by TouringSwitzerland.com

No, unlike nearby Wengen, Lauterbrunnen is not car-free. You can park your car at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. They have a total of 975 parking spaces there.

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On the other hand, the nearby villages of Wengen and Mürren are car-free. As you cannot take your car to these two villages, you will have to park it at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. From the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you will have to take public transportation to either Wengen or Mürren (via Grütschalp or Stechelberg).

How Do You Get Around in Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is a small village and you can easily walk everywhere. However, if you want to travel to different destinations, there are many train and bus connections from the Lauterbrunnen Train and Bus Stations.

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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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