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Lucerne To Lauterbrunnen Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Located in an idyllic valley surrounded by waterfalls is Lauterbrunnen. In fact, the whole area is a valley with 72 waterfalls. Lauterbrunnen is a great place to take a break and explore the Jungfrau region.

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Lauterbrunnen is a little village at the bottom of a U-shaped valley in Switzerland. Many of the residents of this valley come from Lötschental, the adjacent valley in Valais. It was said that a road passed between Eiger and Mönch on the way to Valais. Some say the heights used to be much milder and more fertile.

Taking the train from Lauterbrunnen, you can reach Wengen’s sunny car-free terrace as well as Kleine Scheidegg. You can change trains at Kleine Scheidegg to go to Jungfraujoch. 

There’s another beautiful mountain resort called Mürren across the valley from Wengen. It’s easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen. From Mürren, you can also reach Schilthorn (Piz Gloria).

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

How To Get From Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen

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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. 

To get from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen, 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 Lauterbrunnen

How To Get From Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne

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To go from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne, you will have to take the following trains:

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

How Long Is the Train Ride From Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen?

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

RouteDuration
Lucerne – Lauterbrunnen2 hours 20 minutes
Lauterbrunnen – Lucerne2 hours 23 minutes

Is There a Direct Train From Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen?

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


Is the Train From Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen 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 Lauterbrunnen.

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.

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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 Lauterbrunnen Cost?

Below are the published costs of a single journey ticket from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen (as of December 2023):

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Lucerne – Lauterbrunnen41.8020.90

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 Lauterbrunnen?

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

Does Lauterbrunnen Have a Train Station?

Lauterbrunnen to Zurich
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Yes, there is a train station in Lauterbrunnen. The trains in Lauterbrunnen go to Interlaken Ost, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. The office at the train station is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Sundays, it opens at 8:00 AM.

Nearby is the Lauterbrunnen bus station where buses leave for Stechelberg, Camping Jungfrau, and Isenfluh.

Is Lauterbrunnen Car-Free?

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No, unlike nearby Wengen, Lauterbrunnen is not car-free. You can park your car at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. They have a total of 975 parking spaces there.

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On the other hand, the nearby villages of Wengen and Mürren are car-free. As you cannot take your car to these two villages, you will have to park it at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. From the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you will have to take public transportation to either Wengen or Mürren (via Grütschalp or via Stechelberg).

How Do You Get Around in Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is a small village and you can easily walk everywhere. However, if you want to travel to different destinations, there are many train and bus connections from the Lauterbrunnen Train and Bus Stations.


TIP: If you are staying for a couple of days in the Jungfrau Region, consider buying an unlimited transportation ticket so you can travel by train, boat, bus, gondola, and gondola on all the valid routes. You can get your ticket from GetYourGuide here – Jungfrau Travel Pass: Unlimited Transportation Ticket. The ticket covers Interlaken Ost, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, Grütschalp, Winteregg, and Mürren. Jungfraujoch tickets aren’t included, but you can get them at a special price.

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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.