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Lucerne to Interlaken Train: All You Need To Know 

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla Uhl

In this article, we will explore the train journey options from Lucerne to Interlaken, providing essential information for those who are contemplating a visit to this enchanting destination.

Image of Interlaken by TouringSwitzerland.com

Many tourists visit Interlaken, Switzerland because it is an excellent starting point for exploring the Bernese Oberland region. Because of its convenient location for hiking, adventure, and trips, tourists usually stay here for several days or even longer. This is an excellent choice. Interlaken, which has a good infrastructure for tourists, can be reached easily by train from Lucerne.

Image of the Lucerne – Interlaken Express Train by TouringSwitzerland.com

Inevitably, logistics are a concern. In particular, train travel in Switzerland has a few specifics for those who plan to use it. How can I get from Lucerne to Interlaken? Do the trains offer scenic views? How much are the tickets?

On this page, you can find all the information you need regarding the train journey from Lucerne to Interlaken.

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 Interlaken

Image of the Brünig Railway Line by Wikimedia

TIP: If you’re going from Lucerne to Interlaken, take the direct train in the morning or afternoon (until the last direct train leaves). Check sbb.ch for train schedules to make sure the trains are running as planned.

The Brünig railway line takes you from Lucerne to Interlaken. This is a railway line that links Lucerne with Interlaken. It runs through Sarnen, Sachseln, Giswil, Kaiserstuhl OW, Lungern, Brünig-Hasliberg, Meiringen, and Brienz.

As the train goes over the Brünig Pass, rack railway sections are used to overcome gradients. The route from the Brünig Pass to Meiringen is the steepest rack-worked section. 

Lucerne Train Station to Interlaken Ost

Image of Interlaken Ost Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

Interlaken is best reached by taking the direct train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost. There will be stops in Sarnen, Sachseln, Giswil, Kaiserstuhl OW, Lungern, Brünig-Hasliberg, Meiringen, and Brienz before it gets to Interlaken Ost.

Direct trains only run until 6:08 PM. After that, you will have to change to a connecting train either in Meiringen or in Bern.

If there are no longer any direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken running, you can do the following route:

  1. From Lucerne, take the Interregio train to Bern or Meiringen.
  2. In Bern or Meiringen, take the Regional train to Interlaken Ost.

You can go via Bern until 11:00 PM; however, you can also go through Meiringen until 9:00 PM.

Are There Direct Trains From Lucerne to Interlaken?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there is one direct train per hour from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost. These trains run until 6:08 PM. After that, you will have to change either in Meiringen or Bern.

To get to Interlaken West, you will have to change to a connecting train in Interlaken Ost.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Lucerne to Interlaken?

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

RouteDuration (Fastest Connection)
Lucerne – Interlaken Ost1 hour 48 minutes
Lucerne – Interlaken West1 hour 58 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Lucerne1 hour 51 minutes
Interlaken West – Lucerne1 hour 56 minutes

Is the Train Route From Lucerne to Interlaken Scenic?

Yes, the train from Lucerne to Interlaken via Brünig Pass is a scenic train called Golden Pass. It’s also called the Lucerne – Interlaken Express.

On a two-hour train ride, passengers marvel at five crystal-clear mountain lakes that collect water from rivers and waterfalls. Unique photo motifs are formed by the steep mountain faces surrounding the lake.

Impressions from the Lucerne to Interlaken Train Ride

To show how it looks from the train, I took some pictures. The first two pictures are of Sarnersee (Lake Sarnen), and Lungerersee (Lake Lungern), the third and fourth lakes you will see coming from Interlaken.

Among all the five lakes, Lungerernsee was the most scenic (for me) with its pretty color and beautiful mountain backdrop.

If you would like to learn more about Lake Lungern, check out Lake Lungern: A Beautiful Lake in Obwalden, Switzerland.

The next images show the countryside before traversing the Brünigpass. Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) is the last of five lakes that you’ll see before arriving at Interlaken.


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

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

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Lucerne – Interlaken Ost34.0017.00
Lucerne – Interlaken West36.0018.00

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.


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.

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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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