Zürich / Zurich to Frutigen by train

How to take the rail journey from Zurich to Fruitigen and connect for Adelboden

Adelboden is one of the Swiss alpine resort towns which can be easily accessed by train from Zurich, it has particularly good access from Zurich Aiport.



From Zürich HB / Zurich main station to Fruitigen

Journey Summary

Travel Information

1 or 2* x connections per hour

Change trains in: Bern

There are no direct trains between Zurich and Frutigen station, from where the buses on to Adelboden can be easily accessed.

There is an hourly connection at Bern from the IC trains on route IC 1 heading from both Zurich Flughafen and Hb stations to Geneve-Aeroport.
The connecting time between trains at Bern station will be around 11 mins, so making the connection is virtually guaranteed and it should be relatively stress-free.

Though note that Frutigen may not be included on the departure information you will see at Bern station.
You're looking for the RE train heading to Brig or Domodossola that is calling at Thun and Spiez.

*Departing from Zurich HB (not Zurich Flughafen/Airport) between 15:00 and 17:35:

Set off from Zurich between these times and there is second connection available per hour.
Between 15:00 and 17:35 the IC trains heading to Brig also have connections at Spiez into commuter trains that will terminating at Frutigen.


Book early and save: Yes - If you book Supersaver tickets (more info is available on the the SBB ticket guide below)

You may need to search through the departures to find these 'Supersaver' tickets using the ‘earlier’ and ‘later’ button. so try and be flexible with your departure and arrival times.

Online bookings open: up to two months ahead of the travel date

To Adelboden:

SBB will sell tickets for the end-to-end journey which includes the trains to Frutigen and the bus on to Adelboden.

If you will be heading to Adelboden then booking the end2end journey with SBB, either online or at the station in Zurich/Zurich Flughafen is the best option, as the connection between the train and bus at Frutigen station/bahnhof is tightly timed.

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

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.

Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Journey Features

Scenic - No

Good to Know

These are the exppess IC trains which are non-stop from Zurich to Bern.

Final Destination: Geneve-Aeroport (on route IC 1) or Brig (on route IC 8)

The double deck SBB IC trains are used on this route - the brand new LD/Twindexx trains should now be operating on some departures that are heading towards Geneve.

These trains use the 'higher' speed line between Olten and Bern.

From Zurich HB station:

These IC trains usually depart from gleis (platforms/tracks) 31 and 32 in the lower level part of the station.
Note that these trains should arrive in Zurich HB station around 7 mins before they are due to depart, so keep an eye on the departure time and don't rush to board by the nearest door (if you don't have to)

From Zurich Flughafen/Airport:

These trains depart from Zurich Flughafen/Airport station 11 mins before they depart from the city centre station, Zurich HB.

Train 2

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Brig or Domodossola

Post Bus route 230 connects Frutigen station/bahnhof with the Adelboden-Lenk ski resort.

The buses are timed to connect with these Lotschberger trains and the late afternoon/evening commuter trains between Spiez and Frutigen.
The bus journey on to Adelboden takes 32 minutes.

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