Bern to Interlaken - cruise on Thun lake

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May 21, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Hi All,

We ( group of 6 adults) would be travelling from Geneve to Interlaken in the month of July.

Our plan is to travel from Geneve (Will reach Geneve at 12:30 pm) to Bern by Train and then from Bern to Interlaken via cruise on Thun Lake.

I have following questions :-

1. Best option to travel by cruise from Bern to Interlaken. Share timetable

2. How far is the location of cruise from Bern Train station? Is it walking distance?

3. Do we need to reserve tickets for the cruise beforehand? ( We are planning to buy Swiss Travel Pass for 4 days)

4. Is it allowed to board the cruise with lost of luggage?

5. Options to explore Interlaken in one day.



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May 21, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Thanks for joining MySwissAlps Pratiksha!

1./2. From Bern, you can travel to Thun by train. Connections can be found in the timetable at ble. In Thun you can board the boat to Interlaken West. You'll find a link to the boat timetables under "More on other websites" at kethun. The boat dock in Thun is right next to the rail station. You can board in other places along the way as well, such as in Spiez.

3. No, reservations aren't necessary. Your Swiss Travel Pass will cover the entire boat trip: ravelpass/validity. Please find suitable Swiss Travel Pass resellers at ravelpass/price.

4. Taking along luggage generally is no problem, as long as you can handle it well and don't mind keeping an eye on it during the boat trip. Mind that boat cruises can be crowded in July. If you don't feel comfortable, please check the available luggage services at practical/luggage. I think it would be a lot easier to travel baggage-free if you do Geneva-Bern-Interlaken plus a boat trip all in one day.

5. Please study aken.

Last modified on May 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM by Annika
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May 22, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The boat trip is magnificent and the wharves at Thun and Interlaken are close to the respective railway stations.

It's also possible to combine the local buses and short boat trips across or along the lake.

At Spiez, the wharf is some distance from the station and it's uphill if you go from boat to train. There is a bus, but, as I recall, only operates hourly.

A lovely part of the world to explore at leisure.

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new member
May 22, 2018 - 9:49 PM in reply to Annika

Thanks for your reply. I have following questions.

1. Is there any cruise starting from Bern to Interlaken? (So that I can avoid changing train from Bern to Thun)

2. Can I buy swiss pass at Geneve train station? If yes will it be readily available or I have to wait in a long queue?

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May 22, 2018 - 10:35 PM in reply to pratiksha

1. There are no cruises departing Bern. It is not on a lake.

2. Difficult to predict how long a queue will be at any particular time but it is far more efficient to order your Swiss Travel Pass on-line and print at home before you set off in your trip. That way you can use it directly on arrival plus you can print and carry backups in case of loss or damage.

Last modified on May 23, 2018 - 6:18 AM by Lucas

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