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Zurich to Interlaken, visit to Jungfraujoch & Lucerne before returning to Zurich. Benefits of Swiss Pass?

I am planning to travel from Zurich to Interlaken. Visit to Jungfrau and Lucerne before returning Zürich. How can the Swiss pass help me?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2018 17:58
    Hi Anupam,

    For this itinerary, your most economical option would be to purchase an item called the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket'.

    The Swiss Transfer Ticket covers the ticket costs for one trip from any Swiss airport (or border station) to any single destination in Switzerland and then another trip from that destination to any Swiss airport (or border station). Since there is a major airport there, Zurich can serve as your 'airport' for the purpose of the Swiss Transfer Ticket.

    For the Swiss Transfer Ticket, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-transfer-ticket-5935

    There are actually 2 different routes between Zurich and Interlaken for which the Swiss Transfer Ticket would be valid. Therefore, if you wish, you can make your outbound one way and your return the other.

    It's Switzerland, so it's all very scenic, but one of these routes is specifically designated as a Swiss scenic route and goes through Lucerne.

    Zurich to Interlaken via Bern

    The fastest/shortest of these routes takes just under 2 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Bern along the way. This is not the actual 'scenic route' but will be scenic nonetheless.

    Reservations are not necessary on either of these trains, so the Swiss Transfer Ticket is all you would need to board. For planning, you can view schedules for this route on our website by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken.

    Zurich to Interlaken via Lucerne/GoldenPass

    If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just under 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way, instead of Bern. The segment between Lucerne and Interlaken represents a segment of the GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass segment (Lucerne-Interlaken), reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne don't even accept reservations, so the Swiss Transfer Ticket is all you would need to board.

    Once again, you can still view schedules by doing a search for these routes right on the homepage of our website. For the option via the GoldenPass/Lucerne, you would just do one search for trains from Zurich to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.

    Jungfraujoch

    For your excursion from Interlaken up to Jungfraujoch, you would need to purchase a separate ticket called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. Currently, due to a recent update, this ticket is not able to be purchased on our website. Instead, you would purchase this and inquire about its costs by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    This ticket would cover you via 2 different routes between Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station; one route that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    The Grindelwald route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)
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