Genève / Geneva to Wengen by train

From western Switzerland to the beautiful Bernese-Oberland by train

Basel has easier access by train to Wengen than Geneve, but the plus of travelling via Geneve is the plane to train transfer available at Geneve Aeroport.
The journey from Zurich Airport also involves making as many connections.



From Genève/Geneva-Cornavin to Wengen

Travel Information

Change trains in: Bern and Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen

Interlaken is where the network of mountain railways in the Bernese-Oberland connect with SBB's national rail network.
There are no direct trains between Genève and Interlaken.

The simplest and fastest option for the part of this journey, between Geneve and Interlaken, is to make only 1 x change of train at Bern.

In most hours the trains heading to Luzern from Geneve have good connections in Bern on to Interlaken, but in a few hours the optimum connection is instead available when taking the trains from Geneve that are heading to St Gallen.
In a few hours per day both options are available.

Changing trains in Bern:

The optimum connection in Bern between trains is only around 8 mins, but the connection is virtually guaranteed.

Changing trains at Interlaken Ost station:

You will have around 8 mins to make the connection into the train on to Lauterbrunnen at Interlaken Ost station, but again the connection is virtually guaranteed , n 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 journey on to Wengen (via Lauterbrunnen) from the ticket desks at Interlaken Ost station.
Though if you will be travelling with any type of rail pass, including Swiss Day Passes, you'll need to go into the ticket office, to buy a discounted ticket for the journey on from Interlaken to Wengen.

The connection at Lauterbrunen into the train on to Wengen is a simple as can be.

1 or 2 x connections per hour


Booking Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased up to 60 days ahead online for this end-to-end journey which involve taking a SBB train + the train(s) on to Wengen.

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

'Supersaver tickets' are cheaper, 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 of Saver Day Passes, there's a chance they'll 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, an option worth comparing against tickets is a Saver Day Pass.

These passes allow for free travel on;

  • the trains between Geneva Airport and Bern
  • the train trains between Bern and Interlaken Ost
  • the trains between Interlaken Ost and Lauterbrunnen

However, unless they have purchased with a Half-Fare card , they can't be used for the part of the journey between Lauterbrunen and Wengen
So tickets for the final section of the journey will need to be booked prior to boarding the trains, in the ticket offices at Interlaken Ost or Lauterbrunnen stations.

Though a 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

However, they need to be booked at least a day ahead of your travel date, so won't be an option if you book tickets at the station on arrival in Switzerland.
They're also (much) cheaper the further ahead that you book.

Though if you will be making a day return trip from Geneve to Wengen it is likely that that a Saver Day Pass will be cheaper than booking tickets for the outward and return journeys; despite the need to buy separate tickets for the part of the journey between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.

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.

Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Omio *

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Happy rail *

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake views

Good to Know

These trains commence their journeys at Geneve-Aeroport station; it takes the trains around 5 mins to travel from there to the main station in Geneve before they then head off to Bern.

Final Destination:

Luzern (the IR trains on IR route 15)
St Gallen (the IC trains on IC route 1)

The train service between Geneve and Bern is split between IC trains heading to St Gallen via Zurich and IR trains heading to Luzern.
Both train services operate hourly and the timetable is arranged so that trains leave Geneve for Bern every 30 mins.

However, a recent change is that the IR trains are now around 10 mins slower than the IC trains, as they have had additional station calls inserted into their regular timetables.

Also if you want to have a meal in a restaurant car on the train, you will need to target the IC trains.

The brand new LD/Twindexx trains are now operating on some of the IC departures.

Journey description:

This journey showcases the fact that you don't have to travel on one of the scenic Swiss mountain railways, in order to see a spectacular vista from a Swiss train.

From the right of the train (when facing the direction) of travel there are some incredible views over Lake Geneva when the train departs from Lausanne.
It's worth travelling on the upper deck in order to see these views at their best.

This part of the journey is so fabulous that it merited a place on the list of the 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys.

For the final part of the journey, the trains will then pass through a pleasing landscape, with mountains on the horizon.

The railway climbs up away from Lake Geneva The railway climbs up away from Lake Geneva
When the weather is right you can see across Lake Geneva When the weather is right you can see across Lake Geneva
Nearing the summit of the ascent on a greyer day Nearing the summit of the ascent on a greyer day
The sun sets over the Swiss countryside The sun sets over the Swiss countryside
Sit on the right for the best views on a Geneve to Bern journey Sit on the right for the best views on a Geneve to Bern journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake views

Good to Know

Final Destination: Interlaken Ost

Connect at Interlaken Ost for the  BOB trains to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen.

The single deck IC trains are used for these journeys - along with some ICE trains that 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

River viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)Scenic - Yes

Good to Know

Final Destination: Lauterbrunnen

At Interlaken Ost station the train heading to Lauterbrunnen will be joined to another train heading to Grindelwald for the first part of the journey.
So take care to join the right part of the train; on the newer BOB trains, the destinations are on the outside of the coaches.

Don't be overly concerned about this as the conductor will pass through the train to check tickets and they will tell you if you need to move coaches.

Train 4


Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Final destination: Kleine Scheidegg

The view of the waterfall as the train departs Lauterbrunnen The view of the waterfall as the train departs Lauterbrunnen
Looking down the valley towards Interlaken Looking down the valley towards Interlaken
Nearing Wengen Nearing Wengen

For most of the journey from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen the best of the views are on the left; the train runs along the side of a valley wall, so the views over the valley are on that side.

However, we were sat on the right as SMTJ was travelling down to Lauterbrunnen in the opposite dirction , so the images are from that side of the train; and as can be seen the views down the valley towards the beginning and end of the trip are rather fabulous, regardless of which side of the train your seated!

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