How to travel to the Jungfraujoch
The Jungfraujoch can be reached by cogwheel train only. There are multiple stations to board the train.
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 the 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 is an attraction in itself!
Dates of operation
The trains operate all year round.
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 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 (not part of the route to Jungfraujoch). The new cableway with 10-passenger gondolas has been completed in December 2019;
- A new cableway named Eiger Express 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 45 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 2020: completion of the new Eigergletscher station;
- 12 December 2020: the new Eiger Express cableway from Grindelwald Terminal (at Grindelwald Grund) to Eigergletscher will be operational. The terminal will be completed with shops, restaurants, ski depots and a car park.
More information: https://v-bahn.jungfrau.ch/en/