How to travel to the Jungfraujoch
The Jungfraujoch can be reached by cogwheel train and cable car. There are multiple stations from which you can start your journey.
There are several routes up to Jungfraujoch:
- Cogwheel trains take you up to Jungfraujoch from the mountain train station of Kleine Scheidegg. Kleine Scheidegg can be reached from two directions. Assuming you start your journey in Interlaken, you can get to Kleine Scheidegg:
- The Eiger Express cable cars leave from Grindelwald. They end at the Eigergletscher ('Eiger Glacier') station, where you'll switch to cogwheel trains for the last section of the journey to Jungfraujoch.
Most people start their trip to the Jungfraujoch in Interlaken, but you can board the train at many other stations along the way. We recommend to go up via one route and go down via the other. That way you see the most of this stunning alpine area.
Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald can be reached by train and by car. The rest of the area is only accessible by public transport.
Option 1: trains only via Wengen: Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen-Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch (2h06)
If you choose to travel via Lauterbrunnen, you can best sit on the right of the train when departing from Interlaken. You'll have a slightly better view that way.
After changing trains in Lauterbrunnen, you'll travel up to the scenic mountain village of Wengen and then onto Kleine Scheidegg. Again, the best views from the train are on the right. You'll look down on the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley with its Staubbach Fall and up to the Jungfrau and other snow-capped mountains.
At Kleine Scheidegg, you'll change trains for the last leg to Jungfraujoch. The majority of this section is in a tunnel, but still it's impressive if you just think about it: a tunnel at an altitude of 3,000 m right through the rocks of the Eiger.
The train passes several stations along the route. One of them is Eigergletscher, where the Eiger Express cable cars from Grindelwald arrive and where you'll have to change trains once more. This train will make another short stop at the station of Eismeer. You can get off the train for a few minutes to enjoy the view of eternal snow and ice through the panoramic windows.
Option 2: trains only via Grindelwald: Interlaken-Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch (2h06)
If you travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald, you can best sit on the right for the best view.
In Grindelwald, you'll change to the train to Kleine Scheidegg. You can either sit on the left for an impressive view of the Eiger North face, or on the right for a wider view across the valley of Grindelwald.
At Kleine Scheidegg, you'll change trains for last section through the tunnel in the Eiger (please see the description under Option 1).
Option 3: trains and cable car via Grindelwald: Interlaken-Grindelwald-Eigergletscher ('Eiger Glacier')-Jungfraujoch (1h36)
You'll first travel from Interlaken to the train station Grindelwald Terminal, which is close to the village of Grindelwald. The gondolas to Männlichen depart from Grindelwald Terminal as well.
Here you'll board the 26-seater cabins of the Eiger Express that take you up to the station of Eigergletscher in 15 minutes, with breathtaking views of the famous Eiger North face. At Eigergletscher, you'll board a cogwheel train up to Jungfraujoch through a tunnel in the Eiger (please see the description onder Option 1).
This is the quickest route, as the Eiger Express bypasses the cogwheel trains that travel via Kleine Scheidegg.
Dates of operation
Jungfraujoch is accessible all year round. The trains from Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher/Jungfraujoch operate daily, and Kleine Scheidegg can be reached all year round as well. But there are maintenance breaks on the various routes to Kleine Scheidegg and Eigergletscher:
- The cogwheel train between Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg doesn't operate 8 to 17 May 2023 and from 23 October to 5 November 2023.
- The cogwheel train between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg doesn't operate from 24 April to 5 May 2023, and from 6 November to 1 December 2023.
- The Eiger Express between Grindelwald and Eigergletscher doesn't operate from 6 November to 10 November 2023.
Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.
If you choose to come by car, you can park near the rail stations of Interlaken Ost, Grindelwald Terminal or Lauterbrunnen. In order to do a round trip (up via Lauterbrunnen and down via Grindelwald or vice versa), parking in Interlaken Ost is best.
Check the timetable of the trains. The destination is called 'Jungfraujoch'. 'Interlaken Ost', 'Lauterbrunnen', 'Wengen' and 'Grindelwald' are the stations along the train routes. The Eiger Express valley station is 'Grindelwald Terminal', its mountain station is 'Eigergletscher (Grindelwald)' and the nearby station from which trains to Jungfraujoch continue is 'Eigergletscher'.
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