Best mountain destinations to visit around Geneva? Interlaken/Jungfrau region? Glacier 3000?

We’re family of four visiting Geneva in July. What’s the best mountain place to visit around/outside of Geneva in a day.Any thoughts about Interlaken- Jungfrau region or glacier 3000. Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 14, 2018 16:32
    Hi Rigel,

    The area around Interlaken is one of the most attractive and popular destinations in Switzerland. From Interlaken, you have access to a variety of mountain excursions, most notably Jungfraujoch. Other mountain excursions in and around Interlaken include Schilthorn, Harder Kulm, Grindelwald-First, and Schynige Platte.

    Connections from Geneva to Interlaken take around 2hr45min to 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.

    Glacier 3000 is a cable car from Col du Pillon The cable car climbs to the Glacier 3000 mountain station (Scex Rouge), where you'll have panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Jungfrau, Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc.

    Connections from Geneva to Col du Pillon take just over 3 hours in duration. The connections are made up of a train from Geneva to Aigle, another train from Aigle to Les Diablerets, and then a bus from Les Diablerets to Col du Pillon. Tickets for the bus between Les Diablerets and Col du Pillon can only be purchased locally in Switzerland.

    Whether you decide on visiting Interlaken/Jungfraujoch or Col du Pillon/Glacier 3000, your most economical option would be to purchase something called the Swiss Half Fare Card. The Swiss Half Fare Card enables travelers to receive 50% off all tickets for trains operating within Switzerland, including on the mountain railways from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, the cable car from Col du Pillon to the Glacier 3000 mountain station (Scex Rouge), and the bus from Les Diablerets to Col du Pillon.

    For the Swiss Half Fare Card itself, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025.

    The actual half-priced tickets from Geneva to Interlaken or Geneva to Les Diablerets are not available to be purchased on our website, but they can be purchased 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. For planning purposes, you can check rail schedules from Geneva to Interlaken or Geneva to Les Diablerets in the meantime by using the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Jungfraujoch Top of Europe (with a Swiss Half Fare Card)

    For the mountain railways between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch with a Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

    This would be valid on 2 different routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch.

    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)

    To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. There will be stunning views throughout, either way. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Col du Pillon/Glacier 3000 (with a Swiss Half Fare Card)

    As I alluded to above, tickets for the bus from Les Diablerets to Col du Pillon can only be purchased locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Swiss Half Fare Card, so give you the 50% discount.

    To receive the 50% discount on the cable cars between Col du Pillon and the Glacier 3000 mountain station (Scex Rouge), you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Glacier 3000 Col du Pillon to Scex Rouge for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of the pass for 'Glacier 3000' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/glacier-3000.
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