Transportation in the Lauterbrunnen Region
It is often cheaper to bundle transport costs in Switzerland. There are a couple of limiting factors in terms of cost of travel throughout the Lauterbrunnen/Murren region that I want to cover specifically so no one else goes in blind like I did.
Here’s the deal. Once you’re in Lauterbrunnen, there are only two ways into Murren/Gimmelwald that don’t involve hiking straight up the mountainside. One route is to take a cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp, then a train from Grutschalp to Murren. For one adult, this ticket costs approximately 10.20 CHF one-way. The second option is to take a bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg for approximately 4.00 CHF, and then take the cable car from Stechelberg to Murren for 10.20 CHF. Either route sets you back at least 20 CHF round trip. It seriously sucks. However… there is a Ferienpass Murren-Schiltorn ticket that allows you to travel an unlimited amount for 4 or 6 consecutive days on the Schilthorn Cable Car and the cable cars (and train) between Lauterbrunnen, Grutschalp, and Murren. The ticket is 140 CHF for four days, or 160 CHF for six days. I can tell you from personal experience that we seriously regret not buying the four-day ticket. This ticket means that you can take the cable car as many times a day as you’d like for FOUR DAYS. If you’re an avid hiker or biker, this ticket is quite literally worth its weight in gold. If you’re interested, the tourist center in Murren or the train station in Lauterbrunnen can help you. In addition, here are some links to help you out – just click on the link for the city you’ll be staying in to get more information.
Below are some pictures of the views from the train that takes you from Grutschalp to Murren.
The Regional Pass Berner Oberland covers train, boat, bus, and cable car on specific routes – check www.regionalpass-berneroberland.ch for the individual routes.
If you plan on exclusively spending the majority of your time in the Jungfrau region, there is a Jungfrau Travel Pass that again, is well worth the money. The routes that are included are directly from the Swiss Jungfrau Region Travel Guide, published for the 2017 season by the Murren Tourism company (www.muerren.swiss) that you can pick up at any tourist center in Murren or Gimmelwald. If you purchase a 5 or 6 day Jungfrau pass, it includes a 50% discount on the train ride to Jungfrau and free boat rides on Lakes Brienz and Thun. For a 5 day pass, the price is 230 CHF, and for a 6 day pass, 255 CHF.
These are the included routes:
Rail from Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken-Grindelwald
Rail from Wilderswil- Schynige Platte
Rail from Lauterbrunnen-Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald
Rail/Cable Car from Lauterbrunnen-Grutschalp-Murren
Rail from Interlaken- Harder Kulm
Cable Car from Grindelwald- First or Grindelwald-Mannlichen
Cable Car from Wengen-Mannlichen
Boat trips on Lakes Thun and Brienz
Rail from Interlaken Ost -Brienz & Interlaken Ost- Interlaken West
Bus from Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg, Bussalp, and Waldspitz