Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald & alternate return

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Kirs7
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Apr 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Hi, I am wanting to go from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, spend a night in Grindelwald on way up and go alternate route down. Is this possible and what sort of rail pass do I get? How far in advance do I need to book? Thanks

rockoyster
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Apr 26, 2018 - 9:22 PM in reply to Kirs7

Hello Kirs and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

You can go to Jungfraujoch via Wengen a return via Grindelwald. You don’t need to book in advance. Best not to in case the weather is not favourable for such an expensive excursion.

Whether a Pass is of any use to you will depend on your overall Swiss itinerary. If you give us a bit more information we might be able to offer some tailored advice. Or just read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math.

Kirs7
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Apr 26, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Thanks, my husband and our 3 year old daughter and I are flying from New Zealand to Paris and training down to Interlaken mid-June. So you are sure we wouldn't miss out if the weather was good? Are we able to take our bags with us so we wouldn't need to back track? We are then heading through to Vienna, but it looks like the easiest route for this is to go through Munich?

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Apr 27, 2018 - 1:18 AM in reply to Kirs7

>> mid-June. So you are sure we wouldn't miss out if the weather was good?

The only part of the Jungfraujoch excursion that can be reserved is the return trip between Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. You can reserve in advance if you want to, but you will not get a refund if it turns out the weather is not suitable on that day.

>> Are we able to take our bags with us so we wouldn't need to back track?

Take your bags to the Jungfraujoch? Please read this thread:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/grindelwald-jungfrau-wengen

>> We are then heading through to Vienna, but it looks like the easiest route for this is to go through Munich?

The Swiss Timetable suggests the fastest route from Interlaken Ost to Wien Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) - Vienna main station - is train to Zürich via Bern, then the ÖBB (Austrian Railways) Railjet direct service Zürich - Wien, passing through Innsbruck. That is also the most scenic, as it takes in the Arlberg route between the Swiss border and Innsbruck.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

What timetable did you use that suggested going via München (Munich)?

Alpenrose

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Kirs7
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Apr 27, 2018 - 2:05 AM in reply to Removed user

Great, so is it possible to leave the bags at Kleine Scheidegg and pick them up after Jungfraujoch? Or do we just leave out staying in Grindelwald to make it easier with a child and just do the day trip based in Interlaken?

Is this the trip you were meaning to Austria? There seems to be short connection times - are the rails reasonably close and easily found? Will have to consider 10 hours on a train with a 3 year old!! - www.sbb.ch/en/buying/p ages/fahrplan/fahrplan .xhtml#

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Apr 28, 2018 - 4:33 AM in reply to Kirs7

>> is it possible to leave the bags at Kleine Scheidegg and pick them up after Jungfraujoch? Or do we just leave out staying in Grindelwald to make it easier with a child and just do the day trip based in Interlaken?

You can find out what baggage services are available at various stations here:

www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/railway-stations.html

That shows Kleine Scheidegg station as having baggage services, but I'm not really sure whether that also includes left luggage. Hopefully someone else reading this will know, or you could contact them.

>> Is this the trip you were meaning to Austria? There seems to be short connection times - are the rails reasonably close and easily found?

Your link just brings up the online timetable without any details of your journey.

When setting standard transfer times, they take into account how far you will need to walk to get to your next connection - it's not random. If you are concerned about missing your connection, you can click on "Advanced search", then scroll down and change the "Duration of transfer" option from "Standard transfer time" to 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Then the timetable will generate a series of connections to get you from start to finish with longer transfer times.

>> Will have to consider 10 hours on a train with a 3 year old!!

Yes, I can well understand that! According to the SBB timetable, going from Interlaken Ost to Wien (Vienna) via München (Munich) would take even longer - 11 hours minimum with 5 changes, one of which involves a bus sector between Zürich and München.

Have you considered breaking your journey at somewhere like Innsbruck?

Some ÖBB (Austrian Railways) Railjet services have a children's cinema on board. Once you have decided on your connection Zürich-Wien, look it up in the ÖBB timetable, and you will get a bit more information about services/facilities available on the train.

fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/q uery.exe/en

Alpenrose

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