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I am undecided about whether to get a Jungfrau VIP Pass or a Jungfrau Unlimited Pass.

1. Can they be purchased in Switzerland?
2. When it refers to a Flexi pass for a discount, does that pertain to my Eurail Pass? It does cover Switzerland.

I will be 2 nights in Murren and 2 nights in Grindelwald and I want to do as much as I can during that time.
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  • Dear Ma'am, have you tried the SwissPass for interregional travel in Europe, I hear from living here that it offres the best rates. Cheers!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 11, 2015 15:39
    Hi Janis,

    I'm sorry; however, we actually don't offer anything called the 'Jungfrau Unlimited Pass', so I would not be familiar with that.

    The 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' does not cover Mürren. The 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' is ideal for multiple trips on the rail lines between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch over the course of 2 or 3 days. The pass itself is valid for 3 days. Stations you can travel to with the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' include Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Zweilütschinen, Wilderswil, Kleine Scheidegg, Eigergletscher, and Jungfraujoch.

    If you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Select Pass' that includes Switzerland, then you would be eligible to receive a small discount on the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'. To receive the discount, you would purchase the '3 Consecutive Days - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass or Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.
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  • Hi,

    Continue to this question. I will stay in Interlaken. With this Jungfraujoch Top Of Europe ticket,
    1. Does the train from Interlaken stop at Wengen?
    2. Can I stop at Eigergletscher station and hike to Kleine Scheidegg and, then continue go on the train to Jungfraujoch?

    Thanks!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 06, 2015 16:42
      Hi William.

      There are 2 different routes you can take for travel between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch; one via Lauterbrunnen and the other via Grindelwald.

      Only the option via Lauterbrunnen stops in Wengen en route. This option consists of the following:

      1.) Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'.

      2.) Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the 'Wengernalp Railway'. The Wengen stop is on this rail line between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg. Therefore, if you need to get to Wengen, you would take the Wengernalp to there from Lauterbrunnen. To continue your ascent up to Jungfraujoch, you would hop back on the Wengernalp and take it to Kleine Scheidegg.

      3.) Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the highest railway in Europe). The Eigergletscher stop is on this rail line between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch.

      The option via Grindelwald consists of the following:

      1.) Interlaken to Grindelwald on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'.

      2.) Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the 'Wengernalp Railway'.

      3.) Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the highest railway in Europe). The Eigergletscher stop is on this rail line between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch.

      As for hiking, you can definitely hike between Eigergletscher and Kleine Scheidegg. Since Eigergletscher is a stop on the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, you might want to do so after you've already completed your ascent to Jungfraujoch (on your way back down). Just take the 'Jungfrau Railway' from Jungfraujoch to Eigergletscher and then hike from there to Kleine Scheidegg.

      From Kleine Scheidegg, there is at least one more hike you might want to consider, and that would be to Alpiglen. Alpiglen happens to be a stop of the 'Wengernalp Railway' that goes between Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald. Therefore, once you've made it to Alpiglen, you can hop on one of these cog trains down to Grindelwald, and this would enable you to experience the other of the two routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, as well. From Grindelwald, you would just take a train on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' back to Interlaken. The hike between Kleine Scheidegg and Alpiglen is one of the more recommended hikes for its amazing views.

      With the appropriate option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe', you would be covered on all of these trains that comprise of the two routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html
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  • Thanks very much for your very clear description. Otherwise, I will be wrong by a tour book. The book said the hiking from Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher is about 2.5 km for 50 minute one way. Do you have the information for the hiking from Kleine Scheidegg to Alpiglen? How far is it? When does it open to public or better time for hiking in a year? Is it for the beginner?

    Hope this information can help everyone who like hiking on Swiss mountains.

    Thanks again!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 06, 2015 19:25
      Hi William.

      The hike from Kleine Scheidegg to Alpiglen would take about an hour, give or take. I wouldn't be able to say whether these hikes are doable for beginners or are only for more adept hikers. I'd recommend referring to a guidebook or searching online for information regarding that. Late summer into September and even October is often said to be the best time of year for hiking in this area.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I come up one more question. It seems like I can hop-on and hop-off between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch! Thanks again!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 10, 2015 22:20
      Hi William.

      There is really only one main stop on the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, and that is the Eigergletscher stop. If you like, you can get off at the Eigergletscher stop and then continue on a different train later in the day; however, there might not be much of a reason to outside of maybe hiking. Keep in mind, the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is only valid for a time period of 24 hours.

      The only other stops on the 'Jungfrau Railway' are 'sightseeing stops', where passengers can get off the train to take in the views but then would have to get right back on the train as it sets off again. Thus, sightseeing is the sole purpose of these stops.
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