Montreux to Jungfraujoch return by train. How do we do it for a day?

We are staying in Montreux Gare and would like to visit Jungfraujoch for a day.
What would be the ideal way to do this that is included in the Swiss Travel Pass and which stretch that is not included that must be paid separately? Love to get an itinerary how it can be done in one day. The earliest train trip the better for us from Montreux.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 13, 2017 16:54
    Hi Anita,

    I'm sorry; however, we are not able to provide or verify actual schedules over this forum, but an excursion between Montreux and Jungfraujoch can be completed within a day.

    The starting point for a trek up to Jungfraujoch is the village of Interlaken.

    From Montreux to Interlaken, the shortest connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Spiez. However, I would recommend taking a route from Montreux to Interlaken that follows the famed GoldenPass scenic line. Doing this would only add about about 45 minutes to your total journey time between Montreux and Interlaken. The GoldenPass scenic route involves a train from Montreux to Zweisimmen and another train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken.

    The Swiss Travel Pass does cover these trains. As a supplement to the rail pass, reservations would just be required on the segment from Montreux to Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Montreux to Zweisimmen by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass'). Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, reservations are possible, but not necessary. Therefore, the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for trains between Zweisimmen and Interlaken by searching the route right on our homepage.

    If you like, you can take the GoldenPass scenic route for your trip into Interlaken and then the shorter option for your trip out of Interlaken (or vice versa). For the shorter option, reservations would not be necessary on any of the trains. Therefore, the Swiss Travel Pass would be all you'd need to board trains from Montreux to Visp, Visp to Spiez, and Spiez to Interlaken.

    Schedules for trains between Montreux and Visp are currently not able to be viewed on our website. However, these trains depart about once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride between Montreux and Visp takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The same goes for trains between Spiez and Interlaken. Trains between Spiez and Interlaken depart about once every 25-30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 25 minutes. If you'd like to inquire about specific schedules for the faster route between Montreux and Interlaken, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    From Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, there are 2 different routes you can take; one via Grindelwald and the other via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    Through Grindelwald, the 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)

    Through Lauterbrunnen/Wengen, the 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)

    With regard to the first route, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

    With regard to the second route, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.

    For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch & Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    From May to October, reservations are highly recommended on the trains between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch ('Jungfrau Railway'). The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. 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 station (Top of Europe), 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.
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