Zürich / Zurich to Wengen by train

How to take the rail journey from Zurich to Wengen

Yes the journey by train from Zurich to Wengen requires two connections, but this is Switzerland so all the transfers (in terms of timings) are as simple as can be.
Also the final three journeys are all absolutely glorious.



From Zürich HB / Zurich main station to Wengen

Travel Information

Changing trains in: Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen

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

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; 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 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 also need to go into the ticket office, to buy a discounted ticket for the journey on from Interlaken to Wengen.

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

Changing trains in Bern:

In the hours when no direct trains are available from Zurich to Interlaken, there will be trains from Zurich heading to Brig which will connect in Bern for trains on to Interlaken.

On arrival at Bern station the easiest means of transferring to the platform/track/gleis that the train on to Interlaken will be departing from, is to use the bridge which spans the station
If you board the train to Bern around three - six coaches back from the front of the train, you will then be adjacent to this bridge when you disembark from the train on arrival at Bern.

1 x connection per hour


Booking Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased online for this end-to-end journey which involve taking a SBB trains to Interlaken + the trains on to Wengen.

‘Point-to-Point ’ 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.

Though 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.

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.
However, this journey to Wengen can be an exception.

These passes allow for free travel on;

  • the trains between Zurich 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

Though if you will be making a day return trip from Zurich 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.

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.

Though they also 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 cheaper the further ahead that you book.

However, if you will be making a day return trip from Zurich to Wengen, it's likely that that a Saver Day Pass will be cheaper than booking tickets for the outward AND return journeys.

The alternative route via Luzern:

If you have a valid rail pass, an alternative, more scenic, but longer option, is to travel to Interlaken from Zurich via Luzern.

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

From Zurich Flughafen/Airport

All but the first of these daily direct trains to Interlaken also departs from the station at Zurich airport.

Between Thun and Spiez Between Thun and Spiez
On the train from Bern to Interlaken On the train from Bern to Interlaken
South of Faulensee South of Faulensee
Approaching journey's end Approaching journey's end

This is a journey of four distinct parts:

  1. Between Zurich and Olten the train will travel through a series of towns.
  2. Then between Olten and Bern, for most of this part of the journey the train will be travelling at up to 200 km/h on Switzerland's fastest railway.
  3. The train will reverse direction on departure from Bern and the highlight of the journey between the Swiss capital and Thun occurs as soon as the train departs Bern station and crosses the River Aare.
  4. The scenic highlight of the journey is between Thun and Interlaken as the Thunersee is on the left of the railway, so due to the reversal in Bern, sit on the right on departure from Zurich to make the most of these views.
... 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.

All trains also call at: Wilderswill for connection into the SPB trains to Schynige Platte.

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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