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How to Travel From Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla

With stately farmhouses, most buildings, barns, and more, Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum is the perfect getaway, especially if you’re in BrienzInterlakenBern, or somewhere nearby. Traveling by public transport within Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would recommend traveling by train and bus between Interlaken and Ballenberg Museum.

This article discusses what you need to know to travel from Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

Travel from Interlaken to Zermatt. Pictured here is Interlaken Train Station.
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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 Travel From Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum

Image of Ballenberg Museum Entrance by TouringSwitzerland.com

To travel by train from Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum, you will have to take the following connections:

  1. Take the train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz.
  2. In Brienz, take the bus to Ballenberg West, Museum or Ballenberg Ost, Museum.

How to Travel From Ballenberg Museum to Interlaken

Travel from Interlaken to Zermatt. Pictured here is Interlaken Train Station.
Image of Interlaken by TouringSwitzerland.com

To travel by train from Ballenberg Museum to Interlaken, you will have to take the following connections:

  1. From either Ballenberg Ost or Ballenberg West, take the bus to Brienz.
  2. In Brienz, take the train to Interlaken Ost.

Is There a Direct Train From Interlaken to the Ballenberg Museum?

There are no direct trains from Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum. It will take you a connecting train via Brienz and then a bus to get to the Ballenberg Museum.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum?

The following table shows the total travel time from Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Interlaken Ost – Brienz – Ballenberg West44 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Brienz – Ballenberg Ost49 minutes
Ballenberg West – Brienz – Interlaken Ost33 minutes
Ballenberg Ost – Brienz – Interlaken Ost41 minutes

Is the Train Route From Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum Scenic?

The train route from Interlaken to Brienz is part of the Lucerne-Interlaken Express train which is also known as the GoldenPass route. It is a short but scenic route.


How Much Will the Train Ticket From Interlaken to Ballenberg Museum Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the ticket prices from Interlaken Ost Train Station to Ballenberg Museum’s Bus Stop:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Interlaken Ost – Ballenberg West12.406.20
Interlaken Ost – Ballenberg Ost14.007.00

Note: There will be a separate charge for admission to Ballenberg Museum in addition to the ticket prices above for public transport.

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is something to consider during your travel to Switzerland. You can do simple calculations and decide from there if it will be worth it for you.

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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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