True ZB (Zentralbahn)

ZB (Zentralbahn)

Views of the route of The Luzern-Interlaken Express

ZB Zentralbahn operates the spectacular and useful link between Luzern/Lucerne and Interlaken, which allows for the quickest journeys from eastern Switzerland to the Bernese-Oberland area.


The direct train service between Luzern and Interlaken is provided by the Luzern - Interlaken Express trains (what can cause confusion, is that the direct trains from Interlaken TO Luzern are also branded ‘Luzern – Interlaken Express).

The journey time in both directions between Luzern and Interlaken Ost is around two hours and trains depart hourly.
All Luzern - Interlaken Express trains also call at Meiringen.

The Luzern – Interlaken Express trains have exceptionally large windows which give great views over four beautiful lakes!

When travelling from Luzern to Interlaken, three of these lakes – the Sarnersee, the Lungenensee and the Brienzersee can be seen from the right of the train - trains reverse direction at Meiringen.

Because the trains reverse direction at Meiringen. the best of the views are also available if you sit on the right when travelling east from Interlaken Ost.

The Luzern - Engelberg Express:

In addition to the local trains, the other main ZB service is the Luzern – Engelberg Express.
These trains also have large panoramic windows.


Food and drink is available on the Luzern – Interlaken Express and Luzern – Engelberg Express trains.
Travel in 1st class at catering staff will provide an at-seat service.

Local ZB (Zentralbahn) services:

In addition to the Luzern - Interlaken and Luzern -Engelberg express trains, ZB also operates local services on these routes

Luzern - Meiringen 

Interlaken - Meiringen

Meiringen - 

Luzern - Stans (operated as part of the Luzern S-Bahn network)

Luzern - Giswil (operated as part of the Luzern S-Bahn network)


With SBB (mainline) trains:

The Zentralbahn (ZB) trains share the stations in Luzern and Interlaken Ost  with SBB trains.

Luzern has direct trains from many destinations including Basel, Bellinzona, Lugano, Olten, St Gallen and Zurich.

Interlaken Ost is connected by direct trains from/to Basel, Berlin, Frankurt (Main), Olten, Thun and Spiez - connect at Spiez for Visp and Brig

With the Pilatusbahn (part of the The Golden Round Trip):

The Luzern – Interlaken Express trains live up to their name by skipping some stations, one of the stations they do NOT call at is Alpnachstad - where connections are available to the Pilatusbahn PB cog railway.

Only local trains to/from Luzern call at Alpnachstad
When travelling from Interlaken to Alpnachstad, change trains at Giswil.

The train or boat from Luzern and the PB train are the first two stages of the 
Golden Round Trip  route from Luzern.

The Luzern – Interlaken Express trains DO call at Brienz, where connections are available to the Brienz-Rothorn BRB steam railway.

At Interlaken Ost station, connections are also available to the Berense-Oberland Railway BOB trains to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald.
(The first of the three train services that need to be taken in order to ascend to Jungfraujoch).

Winter Sports And Cable Cars:

Engelberg station is a 10 min walk from the base station of the Titlis cable car that gives access to the Engelberg-Titlis winter sports area.

Meiringen station is a 10 min walk from lift access to the Meiringen - Hasliberg winter sports area.

Trains between Meiringen and 
Innertkirchen call at Meiringen Alpbach statiion which is a 5 - 10 min walk from the base station of the Reichenbachfal  funicular, which lives up to its name by providing easy access to the Reichenbach Falls.


The ZB line between Interlaken and Luzern is the easternmost section of The Golden Pass ROUTEthough ZB trains don’t carry ‘Golden Pass’ branding

The Golden Pass railway ROUTE runs between Montreux and Luzern, though to travel the entire route in either direction, straightforward connections have to be made in Zweisimmen, Spiez* and Interlaken Ost.
*There are a few direct trains per day in both directions between Zweisimmen and Interlaken Ost.


Eurail, InterRail Swiss Travel Passes and Saver Day Passes are valid on all ZB Trains.

They are also valid on the other Golden Pass route trains - the MOB trains between Montreux and Zweisimmen and the trains between Zweisimmen and Interlaken Ost, which are operated by BLS.

Tickets between SBB stations and ZB stations can be booked on the SBB booking service.

Zentralbahn does not sell ordinary journey  tickets independently online – users of its website are directed to SBB’s booking service.

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