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 op 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 mountain tops.
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. It 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 impressive an up-close view of the Eiger North face, or on the right for a wider view across the mountains and the valley of Grindelwald. At Kleine Scheidegg, you'll change trains for last section through the tunnel in the Eiger (please see a 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 a 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 nearly all year round, except for a few maintenance breaks:
- Both the trains from Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher/Jungfraujoch as well as the cable car from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher do not operate from 26 to 30 April 2021 and from 3 May to 7 May 2021.
- The cogwheel train between Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg doesn't operate between October 18 and October 29 2021. The other routes are operational.
- The cogwheel train between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg doesn't operate between November 1 and December 3 2021. The train route via Grindelwald is operational. So is the Eiger Express for most of this period.
- The Eiger Express between Grindelwald and Eigergetscher doesn't ooperate between November 1 and November 5. The train route via Grindelwald is operational.
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'. The main train stations are simply named 'Interlaken Ost', 'Lauterbrunnen', 'Wengen' and 'Kleine Scheidegg'. The cable car valley station is 'Grindelwald Terminal', its mountain station is 'Eigergletscher'.
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