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Must-knows about the train Lauterbrunnen-Wengen

  • Wengen is car-free and can’t be reached by car.
  • You can get there by cogwheel train from Lauterbrunnen.
  • Changing trains at the Lauterbrunnen station is easy.
  • The ride up to Wengen takes just 12 minutes.
  • Sit on the right side for the best views.

The train ride Lauterbrunnen-Wengen in detail Copy link to clipboard

You can reach Wengen in a 12-minute ascending cogwheel train ride from Lauterbrunnen. A train journey Interlaken-Wengen via Lauterbrunnen takes 38 minutes.

How to get to Lauterbrunnen

If you're not based in Lauterbrunnen, you'll have to get there first. The directions in our Lauterbrunnen town guide explain how.

From the Lauterbrunnen station to Wengen: changing trains

Once you get off the train at the Lauterbrunnen station, you board the cogwheel train to Wengen.

In most cases, you have about 5 minutes to change. This is enough. The Lauterbrunnen train station is small, and the cogwheel trains to Wengen are often waiting on the other side of your arrival platform.

The ride up to Wengen

The cogwheel ride to Wengen is extremely scenic. In under 15 minutes, the train gains nearly 500 vertical meters.

During the steep climb, panoramic views unfold of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, its waterfalls, and the high Alps surrounding it. This includes the majestic Jungfrau. We recommend sitting on the right. This is the valley side, from which you'll have the best views during most of the ride.

Shortly before reaching Wengen, you'll pass the small station of Wengwald. This is a so-called "stop on request", which means that the train only stops if travelers indicate they want to get on or off. It's mostly used by hikers.

About the train to Wengen

The cogwheel trains have 2nd class compartments only.

You can place smaller backpacks on your lap or on the floor, so that they don't take up seats meant for other travelers. If you have large pieces of luggage, you can place them in the designated areas near the doors. There's usually enough space there.

Tickets for Lauterbrunnen to Wengen Copy link to clipboard

When do you need a ticket?

In many cases, you don't need a separate ticket for Lauterbrunnen-Wengen. You don't need one if you have:

  • a rail pass that grants free traveling from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. Examples are the Swiss Travel Pass, Berner Oberland Pass and Jungfrau Travel Pass.
  • a ticket to another destination that includes the section Lauterbrunnen-Wengen. This could be a ticket to Kleine Scheidegg or Jungfraujoch for example.

A rail pass offering discounts: discounted tickets required

With a rail pass that provides discounted traveling, such as the Swiss Half Fare Card, you need to get a 50% discounted ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen.

How much does a train ticket to Wengen cost?

The price of a full-fare ticket Lauterbrunnen-Wengen is about CHF 7. This is what you need if you don't have a rail pass or ticket that allows free or discounted traveling on this route.

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What's the cheapest option?

A rail pass offering free traveling to Wengen is most economical for the Lauterbrunnen-Wengen ride, as you won't have to pay anything extra. But whether it's also best for your entire holiday, depends on your itinerary. Use our comparison guide to find out what works best for you.

Discounts for rail pass holders Copy link to clipboard

Several rail passes allow you to get from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen for free. Others offer a discount.

PassDiscount
Berner Oberland Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Day Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Eurail Global Pass Discount 25%:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Interrail Switzerland Pass Discount 25%:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Jungfrau Hiking and Sledging Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Jungfrau Travel Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Saver Day Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Swiss Half Fare Card Discount 50%:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Swiss Travel Pass Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)
Swiss Travel Pass Flex Free:
  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (train)

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How to plan your journey in the timetable

Your destination is simply called “Wengen” in the Swiss timetable. The rail station of Lauterbrunnen, where you have to change trains, is just called “Lauterbrunnen”. You can ignore other options that may show up in the timetable’s drop-down list when you start typing.

Schedules of the cogwheel train to Wengen

The trains to Wengen operate twice per hour from Lauterbrunnen. This schedule is available from 06:00 to 21:30. Before and after these times, there are still trains but less frequently.

A few trains depart from Lauterbrunnen well after midnight. So even if you want to reach Wengen after a late arrival in Switzerland, you’ll usually manage to do so on the same day. Do contact your hotel in advance if you’re scheduled to arrive late.

You’ll find all connections in the timetable.

How to reach Wengen by car and where to park

Can you drive to Wengen?

No, you can’t drive to Wengen. The village is car-free. There’s no parking lot in the village and there’s no road up there for regular traffic. Use the train instead.

Where to park on your way to Wengen

You’ll have to park your car in Lauterbrunnen. You can best use the covered parking garage in the village. This costs about CHF 20 for a single day. The daily rate is lower for multiple-day parking. It’s best to book in advance. Without reservations, you can’t be sure that a spot is available.

Travel by train if you can

As Wengen is car-free, and many other mountain destinations in the Jungfrau Region are too, we recommend making the entire journey by public transport. The network of trains, cogwheel trains and cable cars is magnificent here, and you won’t have to spend money on parking.

Learn all about traveling in the Jungfrau Region here.

Once you’ve reached Wengen

From the train station to your hotel

The train station of Wengen is in the center of the small village. Most accommodations are within a 5- to 10-minute walk. The streets are well-paved, so it’s normally no challenge to reach your hotel with luggage. If you need assistance, you can best contact your hotel or the landlord of your rental in advance.

Traveling on to Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfraujoch, or Männlichen

If you plan to travel to Kleine Scheidegg and/or Jungfraujoch, you can stay seated on the train. It will continue in this direction after the stop in Wengen. If you’re heading for Männlichen, get off the train in Wengen and walk to the cable car station.

Hiking up to Wengen

It’s possible to make a hike from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. There are several trails through the forested hills. It’s challenging, as you’ll have to ascend about 500 vertical meters. Depending on the trail you choose and your stamina, a hike will take 1h00 to 2h30, excluding breaks.

Always prepare well before you start hiking.

Reaching Wengen via Männlichen

If time allows and you’re not traveling with luggage, you can get to Wengen via Grindelwald instead of Lauterbrunnen. From Grindelwald, take the gondolas to Männlichen and then the cable car down to Wengen. Männlichen is not accessible all year, so check operation dates. Find all details here.

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Page author: ArnoI have visited Switzerland countless times since 1997. I've explored most of the country, but find myself staying in the Bernese Oberland and GraubĂĽnden most frequently. The alps and the rail network remain very impressive, even after all these years.