Adelboden has an efficient gondola and public bus service to help reach the alpine pastures and easy access to some great hiking trails. Adelboden itself is situated on a sunny plateau - the lowe part of Oey is linked by a short gondola and from Oey another long gondola goes to Berglager and Sillerenbuhel. from here you can walk to the Hahenmoospass or take a bus from Adelboden to Gleis and take a gondola from there up to the pass. Its sounds complicated but becomes clearer with a map! Day passes can be purchased for this series of gondolas and bus making a great day out.
Another bus goes to Untem dem birg where a gondola can be taken up to Engelsteinalp.
A gondola in the centre of Adelbocen reaches the Tschentenalp lookout point and one last gondola halfway between Frutigen and Adelboden ascends to Elsigenalp.
All these gondolas and local buses (except bus from Adelboden to Frutigen) are covered on one handy hiking pass - available from just 1 - 15 days or seasonal passes - so very flexible and money saving - can purchase at tourist office and gondola stations.
We were in neighbouring valley of Kandersteg before Adelboden. To get here used to involve train from Kandersteg down to Frutigen and then post bus up to Adelboden - unless you are super fit and can hike up and over the mountain pass routes. Now there is a direct bus service from Kandersteg - takes just over an hour and runs hourly until the evening. It even has a handy trailer on the back for luggage. The post bus station is at one end of the main road, under cover. Combined train and bus tickets can be purchased at the he ticket office inside.
If arriving from other areas of Switzerland you may arrive via Berne, Thun and Spiez to Frutigen train stations Handily on our bus were bus timetables for Adelboden area and a very useful hiking map showing times , difficulty of walks, if suitable for wheelchairs, any themed walks such as alpine flowers and the descent/ascent too. So the hour soon passed while I was reading up for the next place...but the scenery is good too!
Rösslipost is the name for the horse-drawn carriages which operate after a schedule from Adelboden to the remote glen below Mt. Albristhorn, passing through charming hamlets and restaurants with several stops.
You can do the complete round trip, break up your trip somewhere at a nice restaurant and hop on the next carriage or so.
The full ride takes about 90 minutes, with a 20 minutes stop at restaurant Schärmtanne. The Rösslipost operates on Wed, Fri and Sun every hour from 11 am to 16 pm (good weather given). Departure is at the church.
The round trip costs 15 Sfr.
There are several cable cars and gondolas around Adelboden, which take you up to starting points for hikes and excellent viewing points.
Adelboden - Sillerenbüel
Adelboden - Tschentenalp
Geils - Hahnenmoospass
Unter dem Birg - Engstligenalp
Elsigbach - Elsigenalp
All these and the local buses are covered by the Hiking Pass, well worth to purchase if you plan to use these cable cars extensively.
The Hiking pass also covers the chair lift and the cable car from Metsch down to Lenk.
Adelboden is easily reached by bus. The next railway station is Frutigen, right on the major rail route Basel - Milan. Buses from/to there run every hour.
From Adelboden to the neighbouring hamlets a frequent bus service is guaranteed, too.