Zurich to Wengen Train: All You Need To Know

Wengen, located in Switzerland, is perched on a wind-protected sun terrace 400 meters above Lauterbrunnen valley. It is in the Bernese Highlands (Bernese Oberland region), around 1,274 meters above sea level. Wengen can be found at the foot of the famous 4,158-meter-high Jungfrau mountain.

Image of Wengen by TouringSwitzerland.com

Wengen is a delightful place to visit, and you might even decide to stay for a couple of days. This sunny place opens widely toward the southwest. Therefore, it enjoys above-average hours of sunshine compared to other places in Lauterbrunnen valley.

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

How To Get From Zurich to Wengen

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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.

Coming from Zurich Train Station

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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 Wengen 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 Lauterbrunnen
  4. In Lauterbrunnen, take the green Wengernalp Train to Wengen

How do I get from Wengen to the Zurich Airport?

To go from Wengen to the Zurich Airport, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. From Wengen, take the green Wengeralp Train to Lauterbrunnen
  2. In Lauterbrunnen, take the regional train to Interlaken Ost
  3. In Interlaken Ost, take the Intercity train to Bern
  4. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Zurich
  5. In Zurich, take the next train to Zurich Airport (Zurich Flughafen)

How long does the train from Zurich Airport to Wengen take?

Despite the numerous train changes, it only takes between 2 hours and 53 minutes to 3 hours and 3 minutes to travel by train from Zurich Airport to Wengen.

Is the Train From Zurich to Wengen Scenic?

Of all the trains that you will take, it is definitely the last train that is the most scenic. I am talking about the ride from Lauterbrunnen Valley to Wengen. This is the most scenic. But if you want even better views, I suggest taking the train all the way up to Kleine Scheidegg. Or even better – why not take the train all the way up to Jungfraujoch?

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 Wengen Cost?

As of the time of publishing the article, a single journey ticket costs the following:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich Airport – Wengen88.4044.20
Zurich Train Station – Wengen84.4042.20

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 Wengen?

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

Can you drive into Wengen?

No, you cannot drive your car into Wengen. You will have to park your car in the Lauterbrunnen Valley terminal and from there take a train. Wengen is a car-free village.

Is Wengen car-free?

Image of Car-free Wengen by TouringSwitzerland.com

Yes, Wengen is a car-free village similar to Mürren and Zermatt. As you cannot take your car, you will have to park it at the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal. From the Lauterbrunnen Valley Terminal, you will have to take the train up to Wengen.

How do you get around in Wengen?

As Wengen is car-free, you cannot bring your car. However, if really have in need of help with getting around, you can contact your hotel and they can arrange a small emission-free taxi for you. Or you can contact the taxi company directly: Taxi Wegmüller (Phone number: +41 33 855 33 80).

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