Travel from Lucerne to Jungfraujoch, stay 4 days. then on from Jungfraujoch to Montreux.

what trains do I take? what is the travel time for each segment? Will be traveling with swiss pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2017 20:32
    Hi David,

    Lucerne to Interlaken (Jungfraujoch)

    The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. Trains from Lucerne to Interlaken are direct and represent one segment of the renowned GoldenPass scenic route. On the trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible, but not necessary. Therefore, the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    You can view schedules for trains from Lucerne to Interlaken by doing a search on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. If you'd like to have reservations for this segment, you would click the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage, enter the route, and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass'). Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    All trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for taking in the scenery.

    Interlaken-Jungfraujoch

    To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one 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)

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

    With regard to the latter, 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.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), 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 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.

    Interlaken to Montreux

    From Interlaken to Montreux, you can complete the remainder of the GoldenPass scenic route. The other segments of the GoldenPass scenic route are from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Montreux. Of these trains, reservations will only be recommended on the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux. On trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You would view schedules on our website by breaking up your search once in Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass'). Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2017 20:42
      If you'll be staying in the Interlaken area for several days, you'll want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive discounts on other mountain excursions nearby.

      Schilthorn

      There are also 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Mount Schilthorn; one route that goes via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.

      The Grütschalp route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
      -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
      -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

      The Stechelberg route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway'
      -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
      -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

      With regard to the Grütschalp route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the 'Grütschalpbahn' (cable car) from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and the 'Mürrenbahn' from Grütschalp to Mürren.

      With regard to the Stechelberg route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, and the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Stechelberg as far as Mürren (via Gimmelwald).

      The Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn.

      To receive the 50% discount for the segment between Mürren and Schilthorn, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Murren - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria'. You would purchase the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

      'Piz Gloria’ refers to the panoramic revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn summit.

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

      To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the ‘Harder Kulm Top of Interlaken’. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/harder-kulm/index.html.

      Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

      The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

      To reach Grindelwald, you would have to take the train along the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken to Grindelwald and enable you to receive a discount of 25-50% on the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive the 25%-50% discount on the Firstbahn, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Gindelwald - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of a pass called the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’. You would purchase this here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/grindelwald-first/index.html.

      Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass to take the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ between Interlaken and Grindelwald does require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass for the travel between Interlaken and Grindelwald, you would instead purchase the full fare option (‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’) of the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’.

      Schynige Platte

      The Swiss Travel Pass covers the full excursion to Schynige Platte from Interlaken. This journey consists of a train from Interlaken to Wilderswil on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass for this would require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass, then you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’ option of the pass for the 'Schynige Platte' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schynige-platte/index.html.

      From Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. By the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

      Please note, the ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 27th to October 22nd for 2017.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2017 20:47
      There also mountain excursions in the Lucerne area for which you would be able to receive discounts.

      Mount Pilatus

      The Swiss Travel Pass is actually valid to cover the full excursion between Lucerne and nearby Mount Pilatus. The excursion up Mount Pilatus starts with a steamboat from Lucerne to Alpnachstad (across Lake Lucerne). Once you get to Alpnachstad, the ascent begins with a cog train up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get from Kriens back to Lucerne, you would take a bus, which also happens to be covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. This would require the use of a 'travel day' on the rail pass.

      Mount Rigi

      There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and Mt Rigi, both of which are fully covered by a Swiss Travel Pass.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm.

      Using your Swiss Travel Pass on any of this would require the use of a ‘travel day’ on your pass.

      Mount Titlis

      Another option for you in Lucerne is the trek to another nearby mountain, Mount Titlis. The excursion from Lucerne to Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

      For the trip between Lucerne and Titlis, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid on the train between Lucerne and Engelberg. However, the Swiss Travel Pass does enable you to receive a discount of about 45% on the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

      Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Swiss Travel Pass, because you may be able to receive discounts of about 50%.

      Mount Stanserhorn

      From April 8th to November 12th of this year, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Mount Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      For the trip from Lucerne to Stanserhorn, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid on the short train between Lucerne and Stans. The Swiss Travel Pass does, however, enable you to receive a discount of about 50% on the funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Stans - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the pass for Mount Stanserhorn here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html..
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