How to travel to the Jungfraujoch

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How to travel to the Jungfraujoch

The Jungfraujoch can be reached by cogwheel train only. There are multiple stations to board the train.

The route

All trains to the Jungfraujoch depart from Kleine Scheidegg. Kleine Scheidegg can be reached via Interlaken - Zweilütschinen - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen, or via Interlaken - Zweilütschinen - Grindelwald. Most people start their trip to the Jungfraujoch in Interlaken, but you can board the train at any station 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 train.

Section 1, option 1: Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen

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, the best view in the train to Kleine Scheidegg is again on he right.

Section 1, option 2: Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg via Grindelwald

If you travel via Grindelwald you can best sit on the right for the best view. In Grindelwald, you change to the train to Kleine Scheidegg. You can either sit on the left for an up close view of the Eiger North face or on the right for a wider view across the mountains.

Section 2: Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch

The majority of this section is in a tunnel, but still it is impressive if you just think about it: a tunnel at an altitude of 3,000 m across the rocks of the Eiger. The train will make a short stop along the way, at Eismeer. You can get off the train for a few minutes to enjoy the view of eternal snow and ice through the panoramic windows.

Just the trip up there already is an attraction in itself!

Dates of operation

The trains operate all year round.

Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.

Parking

If you choose to come by car, you can park near the rail stations of Interlaken Ost, Grindelwald Grund or Lauterbrunnen. There's limited parking near the station of Grindelwald too, as well as two parking garages in the village. In order to do the round trip (up via Lauterbrunnen and down via Grindelwald or vice versa), parking in Interlaken Ost is best.

V-cableway: new route to Jungfraujoch from December 2020

The V-cableway project consists of two parts:

  • Replacement of the old cableway from Grindelwald Grund to Männlichen. This is not part of the route to Jungfraujoch;
  • A new cableway named Eigerexpress from Grindelwald Grund to Eigergletscher, where it connects to the train to Jungfraujoch. This is a shortcut to by-pass Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg, saving about 30 minutes of travel time.

The project is called V-cableway because the two new cableways depart from one point like a V-shape. The current planning looks like this:

  • Summer 2019: the cableway from Grindelwald Grund to Männlichen will not operate;
  • December 2019: the new train station Rothenegg in Grindelwald Grund on the line Interlaken - Grindelwald will be opened. Also the new Grindelwald Grund to Männlichen cableway with 10-passenger gondolas will start operating;
  • December 2020: the new Eigerexpress cableway from Grindelwald Grund to Eigergletscher will be operational. The Rothenegg terminal will be completed with shops, restaurants, ski depots and a car park.

TIMETABLE

Check the timetable of the trains.

Plan your trip
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