An introduction to travelling on the Bernese Oberland Railway (the Berner Oberland Bahn) including images taken from the trains of the spectacular scenery
Trains operated by the Bernese Oberland Railway/Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) operate on two routes from/to Interlaken Ost station.
1: Interlaken Ost – Wilderswill – Grindelwald
2: Interlaken Ost – Wilderswill – Lauterbrunnen
Between Interlaken Ost and Wilderswill the BOB trains heading to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are usually joined together.
They’re actually separated a stop further on at Zweilutschinen station.
The route to Grindelwald is more scenic than that to Lauterbrunnen, sit on the right (when facing the direction of travel for the best of the views) - all of the images below were taken from this journey from the right hand side of a train TO Grindelwald.
Interlaken Ost station is served by direct trains from/to Basel, Bern and Luzern.
At Wilderswill station connections are available to the spectacular Schyinge Platte Bahn railway, from which there are views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains.
At Lauterbrunnen station there is a connection to Mürren via a combination of the aerial cableway and BML trains.
At both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen stations the BOB trains connect into trains operated by the Wengernalpbahn (WAB).
The transfer at both stations simply involves crossing the platform from one train to another.
If you’re heading from Interlaken Ost TO Wengen, take the BOB trains between Interlaken Ost and Lauterbrunnen and connect there for the WAB trains.
The WAB trains connect both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg station.
At Kleine Scheidegg station connections are available into JB trains that ascend to Europe’s highest station, Jungfraujoch.
So If you’re heading to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken Ost, it doesn’t matter if you travel via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen.
Kleine Scheidegg station is approximately half way between Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen.
So the best option is to travel to Kleine Scheidegg via Grindelwald and return via Lauterbrunnen (or vice versa).
Tickets between SBB stations and BOB stations can be booked on the SBB booking service.
Tickets and details of journeys between Interlaken Ost and Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfraujoch, Mürren, Schyinge Platte and Wengen are all available on the ‘Jungfrau Top Of Europe’ website.
However, tickets are not discounted if booked online in advance, so will cost the same if booked at any BOB station, including Interlaken Ost.
A plus of booking online is that the connections at Interlaken Ost into BOB trains can be tightly timed.
Using rail passes:
Eurail - 25% discount
InterRail - 25% discount
Swiss Travel Pass/Saver Day Passes - free travel
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