Buying bus tickets in Bernese Oberland

Buying bus tickets in Bernese Oberland

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Adelaidean
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Feb 8, 2017 - 6:39 AM

Having read your web page on bus travel,

< if you don't have a pass for unlimited traveling, you will need to buy a ticket. In most cases you are supposed to buy a ticket before you board the bus. You can do so from the ticketing machine, a ticket office at a train or bus station, or online through the timetable. Some buses have an on board ticketing machine. In all such cases the driver does not sell or even check tickets. Tickets will be check randomly by other staff. Buses operating like this are labelled with a yellow icon in the shape of an eye.

In rural areas without machines and ticket offices, you can buy a ticket from the driver.>

.....Am just checking specifics for bus tickets in Bernese Oberland, eg Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg is not covered with the BO pass... are there ticket machines at the main stops or can tickets be purchased on bus? I'm assuming the BO is classed as 'rural' :-)

Thanks.

Lucas
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Feb 8, 2017 - 10:52 AM in reply to Adelaidean

Hi Adelaidean,

If the route you are on is not covered by the Bernese Oberland Pass (click that link to check what is covered).

The Bernese Oberland is quite a large area with many larger towns and cities so not all is rural! There will be a ticket office in Grindelwald for you to check on buying any tickets/passes you may need.

Lucas

Adelaidean
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Feb 8, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Thanks again, Lucas.

kim11
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Feb 8, 2017 - 9:28 PM in reply to Adelaidean

You can indeed buy tickets from the driver in the less-populated towns/villages in the BO. That includes Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, Meiringen to Grosse Scheidegg, Brienz main station out to Ballenberg Museum, and so on.

Alpenrose666
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Feb 8, 2017 - 9:31 PM in reply to Adelaidean

>> Am just checking specifics for bus tickets in Bernese Oberland, eg Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg is not covered with the BO pass... are there ticket machines at the main stops or can tickets be purchased on bus?

Hi Adelaidean,

I can confirm that you can buy a ticket from the driver on the bus for the trip between Grindelwald and Grosse Scheidegg, which is operated by Grindelwald Bus.

www.grindelwaldbus.ch/ en

There is also a little hut at the Grosse Scheidegg bus stop where you can buy a ticket, although when I was there in September last year, the ticket window was open, but the hut was not staffed.

I highly recommend that trip! The mountain scenery is stunning and the skill of the bus drivers is amazing on that narrow, winding road (with no guardrails) where hairpin bends, oncoming buses and cars, and herds of cows ambling along the road all have to be contended with! You will love the distinctive sound of the PostBus horn, which the driver has to use constantly to warn oncoming traffic of the approach of the bus, which has right-of-way and needs to use all of the road to get around those hairpin bends.

If you have time, the trip down the other side from Grosse Scheidegg to Meiringen is also lovely. And if you do make it to Meiringen, a meringue dessert at the Frutal Tea Room is not to be missed! It's not far from the bus stop and railway station.

Alpenrose

Adelaidean
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Feb 9, 2017 - 2:35 AM

Thanks for your replies, I was probably overthinking things...bound to be hikers that need to jump on a bus if a storm approaching or getting tired, they would not have tickets pre purchased. Alpenrose, I thought of the walk to First as well, that looks good. Or Bussalp from First ... hmmm so much lovely choice. I will definitely have more questions once my plans become clearer! Thanks again, what a nice forum!

Adelaidean
Adelaidean
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Feb 9, 2017 - 2:39 AM in reply to kim11

Btw...are you the Kim also on Tripadvisor? I have your Wengen report if it is 😀 Fantastic.

kim11
kim11
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Feb 9, 2017 - 3:46 AM in reply to Adelaidean

Yes I am. KimSanJose over there. Thank you for your kind words! There is also a link to it here at www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Arno
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Feb 9, 2017 - 9:06 AM in reply to kim11

Hi Kim,

I'm not sure if you have a more recent version of that document, but if so, feel free to e-mail it and I will attach it to that thread.

Adelaidean
Adelaidean
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Feb 9, 2017 - 9:20 AM in reply to kim11

Kim,

<I have your Wengen report if it is 😀 Fantastic.>

..and that meant to be a smiley face, NOT a question mark LOL.

(I am ozzie2010 over there in TA land)

kim11
kim11
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Feb 9, 2017 - 4:35 PM in reply to Adelaidean

HI Arno,

I have been remiss in updating -- but at least the mountains and transport systems are still the same! Ha!

I hope to do another version sometimes soon and I do have a note to self to forward it to you when I get it done.

Arno
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Feb 9, 2017 - 6:12 PM in reply to kim11

Thanks Kim!

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