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Lucerne to Grindelwald Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla

Grindelwald is a famous mountain village located in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Eiger (3,970 meters) and Wetterhorn (3,701 meters). Grindelwald is one of the top tourist spots in Bernese Oberland. This article has got you covered with everything you need to know to get from Lucerne to Grindelwald.

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There’s a lot to do in and around Grindelwald. A few highlights of the region include the following sights:

From Grindelwald, you can take the Eiger Express to Eiger Glacier. You can go to Jungfraujoch from Eiger Glacier. 

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 Grindelwald. How do you get from Lucerne to Grindelwald? Can you drive in your car to GrindelwaldFind out more.


Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

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 Lucerne to Grindelwald

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As soon as you reach the Lucerne Train Station, check the big blue display boards in the middle.  You can find the train number and platform number on the station signs. Furthermore, the trains will be marked on the front and the sides with which route they are traveling. 

There are two main stops in Grindelwald – Grindelwald Train Station and Grindelwald Terminal. Essentially, you will need to get off at Grindelwald Terminal to get the connecting cable cars to Männlichen and Eiger Express. If you want to head over to Grindelwald First, you will need to get off in Grindelwald. Find out which stop is most suitable for you.

How To Get From Lucerne Train Station to Grindelwald

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To get from Lucerne to Grindelwald, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Luzern-Interlaken Express train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
  2. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Grindelwald

How To Get From Lucerne to Grindelwald Terminal

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To get from Lucerne to Grindelwald Terminal, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Luzern-Interlaken Express train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost
  2. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Grindelwald

Note: Grindelwald Terminal is one stop before Grindelwald itself. Please make sure to exit at the correct stop.


How Do I Get From Grindelwald to Lucerne?

To go from Grindelwald or Grindelwald Terminal to Lucerne, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. From Grindelwald or Grindelwald Terminal, take the regional train to Interlaken Ost
  2. In Interlaken Ost, take the Luzern-Interlaken Express train to Lucerne

How Long Does the Train From Lucerne to Grindelwald Take?

Here are estimated travel times by train between Lucerne and Grindelwald (updated December 2023):

RouteEstimated Travel Time (Fastest Connection)
Lucerne – Grindelwald2 hours 34 minutes
Lucerne – Grindelwald Terminal2 hours 28 minutes
Grindelwald – Lucerne2 hours 38 minutes
Grindelwald Terminal – Lucerne2 hours 34 minutes

Is There a Direct Train From Lucerne to Grindelwald?

No. There are no direct trains between Lucerne and Grindelwald. You’ll have to change to a connecting train in Interlaken Ost.


Is the Train From Lucerne to Grindelwald Scenic?

Yes, the GoldenPass from Lucerne to Interlaken is a scenic train. From Lucerne, the train takes you past five lakes, waterfalls, and the Brünig mountain pass before reaching Interlaken. From Interlaken, you can then take the train to Grindelwald.

In case you would like to check out other scenic trains, then there are more scenic trains recommended below. These are the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. Another interesting train is the Historical Train that goes from Davos to Filisur.

Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com
Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com

Your other options in detail are the following:

  • 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. 
  • Historical Train Davos to Filisur – May through October, vintage carriages are pulled by the century-old crocodile locomotive from Davos Platz to Filisur. The train line covers a total length of 4,200 meters through 14 tunnels and 28 bridges. Its scenic highlights include the Wiesen Viaduct and the Zügen Gorge.

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Lucerne to Grindelwald 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)
Lucerne – Grindelwald45.8022.90
Lucerne – Grindelwald Terminal45.0022.50

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 Lucerne to Grindelwald?

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


Does Grindelwald Have a Train Station?

Yes, there is a train station in Grindelwald. From Grindelwald, there are connections to Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald Grund, and Interlaken Ost.

Image of Grindelwald Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

The Grindelwald Train Station has the following services:

  • Registration timeframe for flight luggage (Zurich Airport): daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Luggage retrieval: daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Ticket office: daily from 7:40 AM to 6:20 PM

For more details and relevant information, check out the official website www.sbb.ch.

Image of Grindelwald Terminal (Männlichenbahn) by TouringSwitzerland.com

There’s also a new Grindelwald Terminal, which connects trains to the Eiger Express and the Männlichen cable cars.

The Grindelwald Terminal has some shops such as Top of Europe Shop, Lindt, Coop, Kirchhofer Switzerland, Intersport, and Dr. Portmann.


Is Grindelwald Car-Free?

No, Grindelwald is not car-free. You can park your car at the Grindelwald Terminal or Grindelwald Grund. There are numerous other parking spaces within Grindelwald.

There are charging stations on the fourth level of Grindelwald Terminal for electric cars.

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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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