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Zurich To Jungfraujoch Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Admin

In the Bernese Oberland, Jungfraujoch – also known as the Top of Europe – is one of the most popular destinations. Jungfraujoch, which sits at 3,463 meters above sea level, is a saddle between Jungfrau (4,158 meters above sea level) and Mönch (4,110 meters above sea level).

Image from Jungfraujoch by Aranha from Pixabay

It is possible to go from Zurich to Jungfraujoch in one day, but it will be a long day. Based on the travel time we have already experienced, I estimate at least 4 hours each way. Unless you are short on time or have a tight budget, I recommend you stay in Interlaken. From there, it is easier to reach Jungfraujoch.

Nevertheless, you can reach Jungfraujoch from Zurich if you wish to do so within a day.

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

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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Are There Direct Trains From Zurich to Jungfraujoch?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are no direct trains from Zurich to Jungfraujoch.

Jungfraujoch can be reached via Bern and Interlaken from Zurich. Most tourists, however, choose Interlaken as their base and then travel to Jungfraujoch from there.


How to Get From Zurich to Jungfraujoch

There are several ways to go from Zurich to Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch is accessible by train from Zurich, but a multilingual guide might make it more convenient and worthwhile to travel by coach.

We have listed below three of the best options for those who are traveling from Zurich:

  1. Classic Train Route via Bern, Interlaken Ost, Lauterbrunnen, and Kleine Scheidegg
  2. Modern Train Route via Bern, Interlaken Ost, Grindelwald, and the Eiger Express. 
  3. A guided tour that takes you from Zurich to Jungfraujoch and back. 

Let’s go over the three options below.

Option 1: Zurich to Jungfraujochvia Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg

Image of the train to Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg by Techno Ed from Pixabay

Your first option to Jungfraujoch is the classic train route. It is a slower scenic train ride through Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg on the way to the Eiger Glacier and Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen.

Here is the route that you will have to take from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg:

  1. Zurich (or Zurich Airport) to Bern – If you are leaving from Zurich Train Station, just take the next train to Bern. Multiple trains per hour will lead you to Bern from Zurich. From Zurich Airport, you can take the Intercity train to Bern. Intercity trains that arrive or depart in Bern are generally those that travel to Brig or Geneva Airport. If you want to find out which train platform you need to go to and what time, you can check the screens and boards inside Zurich Airport. 
  2. Bern – From Bern, take the Intercity train going to Interlaken Ost. Trains to Interlaken usually depart on Platform 4. If you are boarding this train, make sure you check the signage to ensure you are boarding the correct one. 
  3. Interlaken Ost – From Interlaken Ost, you will have to take the train to Lauterbrunnen Village.
  4. Lauterbrunnen – As soon as you arrive at Lauterbrunnen train station, you will take the Wengernalpbahn (WAB). Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, and Grindelwald are connected to the Kleine Scheidegg by the Wengernalpbahn. The railway is also the world’s longest continuous rack railway with a length of 19,114 meters.
  5. Wengen – As you ascend the mountain from Lauterbrunnen, you will be able to see almost the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley before you arrive in the car-free village of Wengen. No need to change your train. The train will continue its journey up to Kleine Scheidegg.
  6. Kleine Scheidegg – Following the stop in Wengen, it will ascend to Kleine Scheidegg. Located 2,061 meters above sea level, Kleine Scheidegg offers spectacular views of the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. 
  7. Eiger Glacier – You will need to change trains in Kleine Scheidegg to reach Eiger Gletscher. From there you will board the train ascending to Jungfraujoch.
Route from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via LauterbrunnenDuration
Zurich Airport / Zurich Train Station – Bern73 minutes / 56 minutes
Bern – Interlaken Ost54 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen20 minutes
Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg via Wengen38 minutes
Kleine Scheidegg – Eiger Glacier (Eigergletscher)5 minutes
Eiger Glacier (Eigergletscher) – Jungfraujoch26 minutes

The total travel time from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg is 4 hours and 9 minutes.


Option 2: Zurich to Jungfraujochvia Grindelwald

Image of Grindelwald and Eiger Express by TouringSwitzerland.com

Alternatively, you can travel from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via the Grindelwald Terminal. At the terminal, you can take the Eiger Express gondola to the Eiger Glacier and finally to Jungfraujoch.

Here is the route that you will have to take from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald:

  1. Zurich (or Zurich Airport) to Bern – If you are leaving from Zurich Train Station, just take the next train to Bern. Multiple trains per hour will lead you to Bern from Zurich. From Zurich Airport, you can take the Intercity train to Bern. Intercity trains that arrive or depart in Bern are generally those that travel to Brig or Geneva Airport. If you want to find out which train platform you need to go to and what time, you can check the screens and boards inside Zurich Airport. 
  2. Bern – From Bern, take the Intercity train going to Interlaken Ost. Trains to Interlaken usually depart on Platform 4. If you are boarding this train, make sure you check the signage to ensure you are boarding the correct one. 
  3. Interlaken Ost – From Interlaken Ost, you will have to take the train to Grindelwald.
  4. Grindelwald / Grindelwald Terminal – From Interlaken, you will take the train to Grindelwald. Simply go into the Grindelwald Terminal. This Terminal is a new terminal that connects passengers to either Männlichen or Eiger Glacier (Eigergletscher).
  5. Eiger Glacier via Eiger Express – From Grindelwald Terminal, you will take the Eiger Express cable car to Eiger Glacier. From there you will board the train ascending to Jungfraujoch.

Eiger Express

The Eiger Express opened on December 5, 2020. As its name suggests, the Eiger Express is a state-of-the-art tricable gondola lift. It is also called the 3S gondola. It is one of the world’s most modern 3S gondolas. 

3S gondola lifts can support great lengths and weights without having to erect many support towers. Along the 6.5 km length from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier, there are only 7 support towers. Isn’t it amazing? The carrier cable facilitates this process using 3S technology. Thus, the Eiger Express has been designed with minimal impact on nature and blends in more with the environment.

Route from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via GrindelwaldDuration
Zurich Airport / Zurich Train Station – Bern73 minutes / 56 minutes
Bern – Interlaken Ost54 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald Terminal29 minutes
Grindelwald Terminal – Eiger Glacier (Eigergletscher)20 minutes
Eiger Glacier (Eigergletscher) – Jungfraujoch26 minutes

The total travel time from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald is 3 hours and 39 minutes.


Option 3: Guided Tour via GetYourGuide

Great Aletsch Glacier as viewed from Jungfraujoch by Peter Verhelst from Pixabay

The third option would be to join a 12-hour guided tour to Jungfraujoch from Zurich. The tour departs from Zurich and includes stops in Lucerne and Interlaken, before heading to the Jungfrau region. During this tour, you will be able to see the northern face of the Eiger, visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace, and explore the tunnels of the Ice Palace.

A professional multilingual guide will lead you on this guided tour. You will travel by coach from Zurich and take a cable car to Grindelwald. The cable car will then take you to the Eiger Glacier, where snowy mountain peaks await. You will then board the train to Jungfraujoch from Eiger Glacier.

Atop the mountain, there is a view of the Great Aletsch Glacier, snowcapped peaks, and the neighboring countries of Switzerland. You can also see the Sphinx Observation Terrace and tunnels at the Ice Palace. There is a restaurant where you can buy meals and refreshments separately.

On the descent, you’ll stop at Kleine Scheidegg for a short photo stop before reaching Lauterbrunnen. Prior to returning to Zurich, the guided tour will stop in Lucerne.

To book the well-rated tour from Zurich to Jungfraujoch via GetYourGuide, simply click here – From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Zurich to Jungfraujoch?

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

RouteDuration (Fastest)
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch4 hours and 9 minutes
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch 4 hours 23 minutes
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald Terminal – Jungfraujoch3 hours and 39 minutes
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald Terminal – Jungfraujoch3 hours 53 minutes

Is the Train Route From Zurich to Jungfraujoch Scenic?

Intercity trains from Zurich Airport to Bern are not scenic trains. There are fast trains that travel from one big city to another, whose main purpose is to transport passengers as quickly as possible. These trains can reach high speeds, particularly while traversing the Zurich to Bern section.  You can still see the scenery during the ride, but it won’t be slow and steady like other scenic trains.

However, things start becoming more scenic as soon as you reach Interlaken. It gets even better after you leave Interlaken for either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen.


How Much Will the Train Ticket From Zurich to Jungfraujoch Cost?

As of the time of writing (December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Zurich to Jungfraujoch:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch185.0092.50
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch189.0094.50
Zurich – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald Terminal – Jungfraujoch185.0092.50
Zurich Airport – Bern – Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald Terminal – Jungfraujoch189.0094.50

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.

Additionally, the cost of going via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch is the same right now. Therefore, it will come down to personal preference.  I am not going to suggest one route is better than the other because they are both beautiful. Why not do both if you don’t know which route to choose? You can take the Eiger Express up and the Wengeralpbahn down via Lauterbrunnen. Or do it the other way around.

Have fun whichever way you go. It will be an unforgettable experience.


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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