Step 1 is to get to Lauterbrunnen. From Lauterbrunnen, you can either walk or take the Post Bus to the Stechelberg gondola station. Take the gondola 1 stop to Gimmelwald. The Post bus costs CHF 4, while a 1-way trip from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald costs CHF 5.60. The entire journey is covered by Swisspass.
Getting to Gimmelwald from Interlaken requires many steps and hops. This is the journey as I did it :
1.Train from Interlaken West to Interlaken Ost
2. Train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen
3. Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
4. Cable car from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald
Sounds complicated ? Certainly does and as I was on a fairly tight schedule, I was dreading wasting loads of time queuing for tickets, waiting for trains etc. To my absolute delight, the owner of the hotel I stayed in at Interlaken booked the entire thing for me in about 30 seconds flat and all I had to do was not lose my ONE ticket which covered every step listed above, for the journey there and back.The price for all of this, a very reasonable CHF 30.40, the advantage, a totally carefree journey to Gimmelwald and back. This is an absolutely wonderful service and even if it costs a few francs to book, it is worth it over and over. So if you plan on making this journey, check with the hotel or train station before you set off.
Get to Interlaken however you choose, then get on the train to Lauterbrunnen at the FRONT END of the train! The train splits half way and only the front end goes to Lauterbrunnen!
In Lauterbrunnen, exit the station, cross the tracks and walk about 75yds to the bus stop (next to the station). Take the yellow PTT bus to the Schilthornbahn gondola in Stechelberg.
You can also take an hour and a half walk to Stechelberg if the weather is nice. It's a scenic walk!
Take the gondola up to Gimmelwald (the first stop). This is a neat experience, and is the only way in and out of Gimmelwald... unless of course you're up for a steep climb!
From our hostel it's about a 15-20 minute walk to the Interlaken Ost train station. There we caught a train to Lauterbrunnen. It's one train but only until Zweilütschinen where the train splits in two, the first part going to Lauterbrunnen and the second part going to Grindelwald, a touristy resort under the north face of Eiger. The views kept getting better and better and from the windows of the train I could already see the snowy mountaintops of the Alps, which were invisible from Interlaken. 20 minutes later we arrived in the village of Launerbrunnen at the bottom of the valley of the same name. We then took the bus to Trummelbach falls from outside the station. After finishing the Trummelbach falls we faced several transportation choices and we chose the least expensive-walking. It was a beautiful sunny warm day in the Alps. There was no reason not to take advantage of it.
We walked for about 25 minutes and reached the cable car junction at Stechelberg. There are two ways to get from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald--a 5-minute gondola ride or an hour and a half hike (a gain of 500 meters in altitude). We decided to take the gondola.
WITH THE SWISS PASS THE RIDE TO GIMMELWALD AND MURREN COSTS NOTHING EXTRA. TO CONTINUE ON TO THE SCHILTHORN AND THE RESTAURANT PIZ GLORIA THERE IS AN A ADDITIONAL FEE. WORTH THE TRIP ONLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS CLEAR.