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How to Get From Wengen to Grindelwald

Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Darla

Traveling from Wengen to Grindelwald opens doors to exciting outdoor adventures and breathtaking sights. In Grindelwald, you’ll discover top attractions like the iconic Eiger North Face and thrilling experiences like the First Cliff Walk. Grindelwald is a fantastic destination for anyone in Wengen seeking unforgettable moments.

From Wengen, many people go to Grindelwald. Grindelwald is worth visiting for its stunning alpine scenery, thrilling outdoor activities, and iconic landmarks like the Eiger North Face. It offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

How to Get From Wengen to Grindelwald

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So, how do I get from Wengen to Grindelwald? It is quite easy to get from Wengen to Grindelwald.

To reach Grindelwald from Wengen, there are three routes: two through the mountains and one through the valley. If the weather’s good and the trains or cable cars are running, I’d recommend choosing one of the mountain routes instead of the valley one. The views up there are more stunning!

Wengen to Grindelwald RouteEstimated Travel TimeBook
Wengen to Grindelwald via Männlichen45 minutes (One Way)Book at Männlichen.ch
Wengen to Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg1 hour and 24 minutes (One Way)Book at sbb.ch
Wengen to Grindelwald via Lauterbrunnen and Zweilütschinen58 minutes (One Way)Book at sbb.ch

Let’s cover the three options below.

How To Get From Wengen to Grindelwald via Männlichen

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To get from Wengen to Grindelwald via Männlichen, you’ll have to take the following connections:

  1. First, in Wengen, take the Wengen Männlichen Cable Car up to Männlichen.
  2. In Männlichen, walk over to the gondola that will bring you to Holenstein, then Grindelwald Terminal.
  3. In Grindelwald Terminal, you can opt to take the next bus or train to Grindelwald.

How To Get From Wengen to Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg

Image of Kleine Scheidegg Railway Station
Image of the Kleine Scheidegg Railway Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

To get from Wengen to Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg, you’ll have to take the following connections:

  1. First, in Wengen, take the cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg.
  2. In Kleine Scheidegg, transfer to the other cogwheel train that goes to Grindelwald.

How To Get From Wengen to Grindelwald via Lauterbrunnen and Zweilütschinen

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To get from Wengen to Grindelwald via Lauterbrunnen, you’ll have to take the following connections:

  1. First, in Wengen, take the cogwheel train down to Lauterbrunnen.
  2. In Lauterbrunnen, transfer to the connecting train that goes to Zweilütschinen.
  3. In Zweilütschinen, transfer to the connecting train that goes to Grindelwald.

Best Route from Wengen to Grindelwald

Image of Kleine Scheidegg
Image of the mountains from Kleine Scheidegg Brigitte from Pixabay

In my opinion, the best route from Wengen to Grindelwald, although it takes the longest, is the one via Kleine Scheidegg. Kleine Scheidegg sits at the base of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, providing stunning vistas of these iconic mountains. The view of the North Face of the Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg is particularly famous.

Image of the Lauterbrunnen Valley from Männlichen by TouringSwitzerland.com

The second-best route from Wengen to Grindelwald is the one via Männlichen. Männlichen offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the Grindelwald Valley.

Honestly, both Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen are super close and offer amazing views, so you’ll love either one. Plus, there’s a famous 5-kilometer Panorama Trail that links Männlichen with Kleine Scheidegg, so you can enjoy the scenery along the way!

I’d go for the valley route only if it’s pouring rain or if the train or cable car is under maintenance, which often happens in the quieter seasons. If you’re looking to save money on the way back, this option is a budget-friendly choice compared to the other two. But if you’re visiting during peak times, especially in summer, you should have all three options available to you.


How long does the journey from Wengen to Grindelwald take?

A table showing the duration of the trip from Wengen to Grindelwald is provided below (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Wengen – Männlichen – Grindelwald45 minutes
Wengen – Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald1 hour 24 minutes
Wengen – Lauterbrunnen – Zweilütschinen – Grindelwald58 minutes

Is the Train From Wengen to Grindelwald Scenic?

Although the trains do not have big panoramic windows like the Bernina Express and Glacier Express, the scenery in the entire Jungfrau Region 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.

Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com
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. 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 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 Wengen to Grindelwald Cost?

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

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Wengen – Männlichen – Grindelwald66.0033.00
Wengen – Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald69.0034.50
Wengen – Lauterbrunnen – Zweilütschinen – Grindelwald16.608.30

Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

You can book a seat reservation only for the routes starting from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. You can do this by booking a seat at Jungfrau.ch. Otherwise, the rest of the train route does not have any seat reservation.

Am I Allowed to Travel From Wengen to Grindelwald?

Yes, there are currently no restrictions for traveling from Wengen to Grindelwald. However, do take note of scheduled maintenance work before you embark on your journey.

Can You Drive Into Grindelwald?

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Yes, unlike Wengen, Grindelwald is not car-free. You can bring your car and park it in the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. From there, you can drive to Grindelwald. There is a huge parking lot in Grindelwald as shown in the image above.

Is Grindelwald Car-Free?

No, Grindelwald is not car-free. You can bring your car without any issues.

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Darla 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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