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How to Get to Reichenbach Falls

Last Updated on January 8, 2024 by Darla

Reichenbach Falls is a beautiful waterfall near the town of Meiringen and Interlaken. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Switzerland, not only because of its natural beauty but also because it was featured in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem. In this article, we will discuss how to get to Reichenbach Falls.

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For those who want to visit Reichenbach Falls, 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 to get to Reichenbach Falls.

How do you get to Reichenbach Falls, 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 Meiringen to Reichenbach Falls

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To get to Reichenbach Falls, you need to get to Willigen (Reichenbachfallbahn) in Schattenhalb to catch the funicular that will bring you up to Reichenbach Falls. In just seven minutes, the legendary funicular will bring you to the place where Sherlock Holmes supposedly met his end.

How To Get From Meiringen to Reichenbach Falls by Bus

  1. In Meiringen, take Bus 174 (Direction: Geissholz, Dorf).
  2. Alight at Willigen, Klinik Reichenbach. This will stop in front of the Reichenbachfallbahn.
  3. Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

How To Get From Meiringen to Reichenbach Falls by Train

  1. In Meiringen, take the Regio 71 train to Innertkirchen Kraftwerk (Bahn) or Innertkirchen Grimseltor.
  2. Alight at Meiringen Alpbach.
  3. From Meiringen, Alpbach, you will have to walk 7 minutes to Willigen (Reichenbachfallbahn).
  4. Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

How To Get From Meiringen to Reichenbach Falls on Foot

  • From Meiringen village, it is an easy 10-minute walk to get from the village center to Willigen (Reichenbachfallbahn).
  • From Meiringen train station, you can expect to walk around 20 minutes.
  • Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

How To Get From Interlaken to Reichenbach Falls

How To Get From Interlaken to Reichenbach Falls by Train and Bus

  1. From Interlaken Ost, take the GoldenPass train to Meiringen.
  2. In Meiringen, take Bus 174 (Direction: Geissholz, Dorf).
  3. Alight at Willigen, Klinik Reichenbach. This will stop in front of the Reichenbachfallbahn.
  4. Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

How To Get From Interlaken to Reichenbach Falls by Train

  1. From Interlaken Ost, take the GoldenPass train to Meiringen.
  2. In Meiringen, take the Regio 71 train to Innertkirchen Kraftwerk (Bahn) or Innertkirchen Grimseltor.
  3. Alight at Meiringen Alpbach.
  4. From Meiringen, Alpbach, you will have to walk 7 minutes to Willigen (Reichenbachfallbahn).
  5. Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

Alternatively, you may also walk from Meiringen to Willigen (Reichenbachfallbahn) as described above.


How To Get From Zurich to Reichenbach Falls

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

If you are coming from Zurich, you can either go to Interlaken or Lucerne and from there, change to a connecting train to Meiringen. As of December 2023, the quicker way is to go via Lucerne, and so that is what we will discuss below:

  1. In Zurich, take the train to Lucerne.
  2. In Lucerne, take the GoldenPass train to Meiringen.
  3. In Meiringen, take Bus 174 (Direction: Geissholz, Dorf).
  4. Alight at Willigen, Klinik Reichenbach. This will stop in front of the Reichenbachfallbahn.
  5. Take the funicular to Reichenbach Falls.

How Long Does the Journey to Reichenbach Falls Take?

RouteMode of TransportDuration (Fastest Connection, Approximate)
Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachBus7 minutes
Meiringen – Meiringen Alpbach – Walk to Reichenbach FallsTrain + Walk8 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachTrains + Bus43 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Meiringen – Meiringen Alpbach – Walk to Reichenbach FallsTrains + Walk49 minutes
Zurich – Lucerne – Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachTrains + Bus2 hours 37 minutes

How Much Will the Ticket to Reichenbach Falls Valley Station Cost?

Image of the Reichenbachfallbahn in Willigen by TouringSwitzerland.com

As of the time of publishing the article (updated December 2023), a single journey ticket to get to the Valley Station of Reichenbach Falls costs the following:

Route to Reichenbach Falls Valley StationMode of TransportFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachBus4.402.20
Meiringen – Meiringen AlpbachTrain4.402.20
Interlaken Ost – Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachTrains + Bus17.408.70
Interlaken Ost – Meiringen – Meiringen AlpbachTrains17.408.70
Zurich – Lucerne – Meiringen – Willigen, Klinik ReichenbachTrains + Bus48.8024.40

NOTE: The costs above only cover the price to get to the Valley Station of the Reichenbach Falls. If you wish to ride the funicular instead of hiking, you will have to pay separately for that too. As of September 2023, round-trip tickets from Willigen to Reichenbach Falls cost CHF 12 per adult, and CHF 8 per child (6-15 years of age). Discounts are available for those carrying guest cards. Please see the official website for more information: Grimselwelt.ch.

TIP: If you are interested in visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen, you can buy a combination ticket together with your Reichenbach Fall Ticket for a mere CHF 13 per adult and CHF 8 per child (6-16 years of age).


Can You Drive Into Reichenbach Falls?

Yes, you can take your car directly to the Reichenbach Falls Parking Lot. You will have to go to Reichenbach Road in Schattenhalb and find a parking spot there. Please note that there are only a few parking spaces available and it does tend to fill up quickly.

As an alternative, you can find parking spots in the public car park in Alpbach, Meiringen, which is around 5 to 10 minutes away from the Valley station.


Am I Allowed to Travel to Reichenbach Falls?

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


Experiences with Sherlock Holmes Near Reichenbach Falls

In case you are interested in Sherlock Holmes-related experiences near Reichenbach Falls, there are several in this region. These include the following:

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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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