Arriving in Grindelwald

Bern to Grindelwald by train

How to take the beautiful rail journey from Basel to Grindelwald

Grindelwald is one of the winter sports and leisure locations which is most easily accessed by train from Bern.



from Bern to Grindelwald by train

Journey Summary

Travel Time
1hr 35min approx
Travel Information

Interlaken Ost station is where the network of mountain railways in the Bernese-Oberland connect with SBB's national rail network.

You will often have around 8 mins to make the connection between trains at Interlaken Ost station, but again the connection is virtually guaranteed; in terms of the arrival and departure times of the trains.
You can be sure of making this connection, if you book tickets that are valid for the end-to-end journey.
Eight minutes may not be enough time to buy a ticket for the BOB train on to Grindelwald from the staffed ticket desks at Interlaken Ost station.

1 or 2 x connections per hour


Booking Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased online for end-to-end journeys which involve taking a SBB train + the BernerOberlandBahn train on to Grindelwald.

‘Point-to-Point’ tickets can be used on any train(s) on your travel date, but they tend to be comparatively expensive.

'Supersaver' tickets are cheaper, as the portion of the journey by the SBB train can be discounted by up to 50%, but these tickets are train departure specific.
So if you book a Supersaver ticket and a flight delay etc, causes you to miss a train you are booked on to, you will have to book another full-price ‘Individual Ticket(s).
You can then apply for a refund of the Supersaver ticket, but the application costs CHF 10.

Hence it’s worth comparing the ticket price of a journey with the price(s) e of Saver Day Passes (see below) they might save you money and can also allow for a less stressful journey.

Using Saver Day Passes:

Now that the Swiss Transfer tickets have been discontinued a Saver Day Pass may save you money, if you can book at least a couple of weeks ahead (usually), so that you can obtain the pass at a discounted price.

They can be cheaper than tickets for the end-to-end journey, though they are more likely to be a money saver if you will be making a day return trip; particularly as they can now be used at no extra cost on the trains between Interlaken and Grindelwald.

Another plus of the Saver Day Pass is that they are not train specific, so can still be used in the event of a journey to Switzerland being delayed.
As they’re only valid for one day’s travel, the clue is the name, you’ll need to purchase another Saver Day Pass for your return journey at the end of your stay

Though if you will be making a day return trip from Basel to Grindelwald, it's likely that that a Saver Day Pass will be cheaper than booking tickets for the outward and return journeys.

Additional Information:

More general info is available on our GUIDE to taking the train to Swiss Ski Resorts.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake views

Good to Know

The trains which usually depart Bern at 13:04, 19:04 and 21:07 are ICE trains, which will have commenced their journeys in Germany.

Between Thun and Spiez Between Thun and Spiez
Looking down over Faulensee south of Spiez Looking down over Faulensee south of Spiez
South of Faulensee South of Faulensee
Looking over Lake Thun #1 Looking over Lake Thun #1
Looking over Lake Thun #2 Looking over Lake Thun #2
Approaching journey's end Approaching journey's end

This is a journey that saves the best until last!

There are lovely views over Lake Thun from the left of the train, when facing the direction of travel, between Thun and Spiez stations.

... this video was taken from a train travelling in the opposite direction.

Then for the final 15 mins of the journey, after departure from Spiez, the train descends down to travel right by the shore of the Thunersee.

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)River views
The river valley to the right after Wilderswill The river valley to the right after Wilderswill
On the left between Zweilütschinen and Lutschental On the left between Zweilütschinen and Lutschental
On the right between Lutschental and Burglauenen On the right between Lutschental and Burglauenen
From the right near Burglauenen From the right near Burglauenen
From the right after Schwendi From the right after Schwendi
Nearing Grindelwald Nearing Grindelwald
Arriving in Grindelwald Arriving in Grindelwald

This is a delightful journey, particularly after the train has departed from Wilderswill - sit on the right (when facing the direction of travel) for the best of the views.

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