Zurich to Grindelwald Train: All You Need To Know

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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.

Overview: Grindelwald

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

  • Grindelwald First
  • Männlichen
  • Bachalpsee Lake
  • Pfingstegg
  • Grosse Scheidegg
  • Schynige Platte
  • Grindelwald Glaciers and the Eiger Glacier
  • Jungfraujoch
Image of Grindelwald by TouringSwitzerland.com

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

How To Get From Zurich to Grindelwald

sbb.ch Website

As a first step, you should know about this website: www.sbb.ch. If you wish to install the app on your phone, they have one as well. Using the website, you can simply type in your arrival and departure destinations. After that, it will guide you to where you need to be and when. 

Coming from Zurich Airport

If you are coming from the Zurich Airport, take one of the next trains to the Zurich main station (Zurich HB). Several trains come every hour and stop in Zurich so just hop on the next train after buying a ticket from the ticketing office or one of the ticket machines.

How To Get From Zurich Train Station to Grindelwald

Image by Ig Solares from Pixabay

As soon as you reach the Zurich Train Station (Zurich HB), 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. 

In order to get to Grindelwald from Zurich Train Station, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich to Bern
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken Ost
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Grindelwald

How To Get From Zurich to Grindelwald Terminal

Image of Grindelwald Terminal with Eiger Express behind by TouringSwitzerland.com

In order to get to Grindelwald Terminal from Zurich, you’ll have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich to Bern
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken Ost
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Grindelwald Terminal.

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 Zurich Airport?

To go from Grindelwald or Grindelwald Terminal to the Zurich Airport, 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 Intercity train to Bern
  3. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Zurich
  4. In Zurich, take the next train to Zurich Airport (Zurich Flughafen)

How long does the train from Zurich to Grindelwald take?

Despite the numerous train changes, it takes less than 3 hours to travel by train from Zurich Airport to Grindelwald. Here are estimated travel times by train between Zurich and Grindelwald:

RouteEstimated Travel Time (Fastest Connection)
Zurich Train Station – Grindelwald2 hours 37 minutes
Zurich Train Station – Grindelwald Terminal2 hours 32 minutes
Zurich Airport – Grindelwald2 hours 51 minutes
Zurich Airport – Grindelwald Terminal2 hours 46 minutes

Is there a direct train from Zurich to Grindelwald?

No. There are no direct trains from Zurich to Grindewald. You’ll have to change in Bern and Interlaken Ost before you get to Grindelwald.

Is the Train From Zurich to Grindelwald Scenic?

No, not really. The trains from Zurich and Bern are fast, commuter trains that want you to get from one place to another as quickly as possible.

If you want a more scenic route, consider taking the GoldenPass from Lucerne to Interlaken before heading to Grindelwald. This means that you will take the train from Zurich to Lucerne first. 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.

Other Scenic Trains

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

Image of Bernina Pass and Bernina Express by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

Your other options in detail are the following:

  • Golden Pass – The Golden Pass departs from Lucerne. You would take a train from Zurich to Lucerne, then change to Interlaken. This is sometimes referred to as the east end of this route. The Golden Pass has panorama coaches and is scenic.
  • 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. Both 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 definitely 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 Zurich to Grindelwald Cost?

As of the time of publishing the article (March 2022), a single journey ticket costs the following:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich Airport – Grindelwald85.2042.60
Zurich Train Station – Grindelwald81.2040.60
Zurich Airport – Grindelwald Terminal84.4042.20
Zurich Train Station – Grindelwald Terminal80.4040.20

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 Zürich to Grindelwald?

Yes, there are currently no restrictions for traveling from Zurich 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.

Grindelwald Train Station

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.

Grindelwald Terminal Station

There’s also a new Grindelwald Terminal, which connects the train 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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