Feb 26, 2018 - 4:02 PM
in reply to james8080
Well, this route is indeed quicker by car than by train. Assuming no delays on the road, 3.5 hours by car should be doable if you take the motorways and by-pass most passes. But that time is not guaranteed. Waiting time for the Gotthard tunnel is possible (not because it's limited to one direction but in case of lots of traffic), as well as traffic jams. The trains take 1.5 to 2.5 hours extra, depending on your departure time. But you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. I consider the train rides part of the vacation :-)
As you have to rent a car I'd recommend to think about where you will drop it (one way border crossings can be expensive), and if you really need one in Lauterbrunnen. Most of the Jungfrau area is car free, including the nearest towns that Lucas mentioned. Picking up and dropping the car takes time too, so the net benefit might not be much if it is just about this transfer to Lauterbrunnen.
I rarely used a car to explore the area. It's also a matter of personal preferences of course. In any case, a car is not a necessity, but if you like to drive you can, apart from most of the Jungfrau region. At some point you'll have to change to a cable car or cogwheel train to reach the peaks.
Last modified on Feb 26, 2018 - 4:05 PM by Arno