I have a tip in my Switzerland page that talks about my experience with Swiss passes and particularly the excellent website www.swisstravelsystem.ch that was fabulous for info on what pass to choose, purchasing them online (but otherwise can be purchased from the train stations when you arrive but better if you can online) and timetables.
I am not sure if they do one day passes but I would imagine they do but the ones they do have do give discounts on the cogwheel and cable car trips, free bus and train use, free entry to museums, discounted boat trips
so check out the site and see what is good for you there.
and enjoy Lucerne and Pilatus - beautiful!
Choose the right regional pass and save on your excursions by boats, buses, trains, cogwheel trains or cable cars...
- Jungfrau region
(Interlaken, Harder Kulm, Schynige Platte, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald...)
***JUNGFRAU RAILWAYS PASS offers unlimited travel on 6 consecutive days in the Jungfrau region and 50% discount on Eigergletscher–Jungfraujoch section.
Prices CHF 145 with Swiss Pass/Swiss Card, Half-fare Card or CHF 195 at full fare.
On sale from 1 May – 31 October at all stations of Jungfrau Railways, stations of the Wengen-Männlichen (LWM) and Firstbahn (BGF) Aerial Cableways and the Grindelwald-Männlichen (GGM) Aerial Gondola.
Website JUNGFRAU PASS
- Berner Oberland
***REGIOPASS-BERNEROBERLAND 7 Days for Adults CHF 224/EUR 150 include: 3 days' unlimited travel, other days you'll receive a reduction of 50%, pick your days within a period of 7 days
***REGIOPASS-BERNEROBERLAND 15 DAYS for Adults CHF 280/EUR 180 include: 5 days' unlimited travel, the other days you'll receive a reduction of 50%, pick the days within a period of 15 days
- Central Switzerland
(Lucerne, Rigi, Pilatus, Titlis, Interlaken,...)
***TELL PASS 7 Days for Adults CHF 148/EUR 98 include: 2 days' unlimited travel, other days you'll receive a reduction of 50%, pick your days within a period of 7 days
***TELL PASS 15 DAYS for Adults CHF 198/EUR 132 include: 5 days' unlimited travel, the other days you'll receive a reduction of 50%, pick the days within a period of 15 days
Website TELL PASS
The train to Schynige Platte starts in Wilderswil, just about 3 km from Interlaken Ost. At first you take the ordinary train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and change to the cog-wheel-train to Schynige Platte in Wilderswil.The train to Schynige Platte dates back to the year 1893 and was electrified in 1914. The track of the cog-wheel-train is 7500 meters long and the difference in height is more than 1400 meters.
Schynige Platte is in a height of 1967 meters above sea-level and offers various attractions like
1)Teddyland - an attaraction for the whole family
2)the Alpengarten / alpine garden with 500 different alpine flowers
3)the Schynige Platte-restaurant and alpine-hotel:
Hotel Schynige Platte, CH-3800 Interlaken
Tel. +41 (0)33 822 34 31, Fax +41 (0)33 822 34 56
The train runs ONLY IN SUMMER:
between may 27th and October 15th in 2006
for other years please check at the link below !
The last train is leaving Schynige Platte at 06.00p.m. !
The ordinary return-ticket is 52 sfr from Wilderswil
It is included in the "Regionalpass Berner Oberland"
and in the Jungfraubahnen-Pass
Travel from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost by Golden Pass Panoramic train. For standard 2nd Class travel, seat reservation is not mandatory but recommend during high season.
Reserve your seat at the same time when you buy your pass or through the site of goldenpass.ch
The name of the train says it all. A panoramic view indeed.
Please be aware that there are two main trains stations in Interlaken: Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost (East). Depending on where you are staying, it definitely pays to investigate which is better to exit. I found that out the hard way.
Interlaken is well connected by train from other cities of Switzerland. Swiss Rail has frequent trains from Zurich which takes about a couple of hours to reach Interlaken. The Swiss Rail pass is handy to explore Switzerland and it can be tailored to your needs. For more information on Swiss Rail, access the link below
Interlaken is the capital of the the BerneseOberland Region and as such, it is the hub for just about all the train travel in the area. From Interlaken Ost you can travel to all of the big cities such as Basel, Zurich, Bern and Lucerne but more importantly if you are staying in Interlaken or at any of the little towns in close proximity, you can get to any one of those surrounding towns in a short space of time. And naturally, from Interlaken all roads lead to the Jungfraujoch (by train, that is). Lauterbrunnen, Wilderswil, Grindlewald, Wengen, Murren Kleine Sheidegg, Gimmelwald and so on. Trains go to all of these places on a very regular basis. You can also have the option of travelling in a circular fashion to the Jungfrau and back. Up via Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and back via Grindlewald. The choice is yours.
Interlaken sightseeing tour:
-There are some companys providing sightseeing taxi+minibus tours with English speaking drivers.
You can choise taxi, or minibus up to 20 persons. You pay per person +- 20,-- SFR for the 1,5 hrs
sightseeing tour: Lake Brienz stop at Bönigen= nice views,than Lake Thun stop/beach at Neuhaus,after going uphill for a breathtaking panoramic view, to the lakes,Interlaken and the mountains: Eiger,Mönch,Jungfrau
Special for rainy days 2,5 hrs "Waterfall Tour " Lauterbrunnen "Staubbachfall",Truemmelbach
"Canyon waterfall " see www.truemmelbach.ch + Stechelberg "Muerrenwaterfall" at the cable station to Schilthorn Take warm clothes and good shoes !
When you check into a hotel in Interlaken, do not forget to ask for a VISITORS CARD. This card entitles you to free entry to places like the casino or free transport by train or by bus within certain areas.
Apart from Interlaken this card is also valid in the areas of Matten or Unterseen, Bönigen, Habkern, Iseltwald, Ringgenberg and Wilderswil you may obtain various reductions throughout the Jungfrau Region. Visitor's cards issued in Interlaken, Bönigen, Iseltwald, Ringgenberg-Goldswil and Wilderswil additionally entitle the holder to free travel on public transport within Zone 80 (formerly Zone 10) and to Iseltwald and Niederried. The card is personal and only valid during your stay in the mentioned region. So please check that you name is correctly mentioned on the card when you get it at your hotel reception.
It's free when you get to the top. I used a Swiss Pass to travel around but you have to buy a rail supplement to get to the top (of Jungfrau). The Swiss Pass only takes you half way to Kleine Scheidegg. You can buy the supplement at Interlaken Ost station.
It's nice at the top but I found the ice palace a little disappointing (and slippery).
Someone else might fill you in on the rail supplement cost.
One of the interesting things I thought about traveling on the trains in Switzerland was that many of them had transportation maps of the area which showed you what mode of transportation to take in order to get from one point to another. For example, as can be seen from the picture below if you want to get from Interlaken to Murren you would need to take a train, cable car, and mountain train. These little maps were in all the rows of the train.
Gimmelwald is a quintessential Alpine village about one hour's journey from Interlaken. To get there you need to catch one of the branch line trains into the mountains from Interlaken Ost station. This takes you to Lauterbrunnen where you cross the road opposite the station and get a bus to Stechelberg. From here you catch the cable car to Gimmelwald. All legs of this journey can be paid for individually but as I mentioned in my hotel tip, you can book the whole thing before you leave Interlaken and just one ticket covers you for everything, there and back. I booked this ticket at my hotel and it represents a huge saving in time and hassle. Maybe it costs a ferw francs extra to book it this way but it is well worth it. Cost is CHF30.40 , around EUR 20.
See my Gimmelwald page for photos and descriptions of Gimmelwald.
I did this trip in reverse obviously and I really looked forward to it. Leaving Interlaken, you take a local train to Spiez, along the Thunersee Lake shore and then change to Tren Italia's Cisalpino. This is the famous tilting train, designed to swerve round tunnels and mountain passes with the greatest of ease. Some of the journey is via a tunnel but the rest is mountainous and thrilling, before finally descending from the Alps and wending through Northern Italy. This part of the journey, along the shore of Lake Maggiore is absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful opportunity to see this famously beautiful part of the country. The less famous places were equally beautiful and there were many stops , such as the town of Domodosolla, where I really would have loved to get out of the train and just wander.
This leg of the journey I booked with Swiss rail, www.rail.ch and the saving for booking ahead was even more spectacular here. This wonderful journey cost only EUR29, a reduction of more than EUR 40 on the scheduled service price. Tickets were sent to me within 5 days for an administrative fee of EUR 8
From all points in Germany, getting to Switzerland is possible by train. From Karlsruhe it was a direct trip to Interlaken Ost and took just under four hours. A pleasant journey, and stressfree as there were no changes. The German train website www.bahn.de is easy to follow, once you get the English version and the only problem is in registering. You must register as a customer before booking online the first time and subsequently you use the same name and password for all transactions. If you book ahead there are seats available at a reduced price. I booked my ticket three months in advance and the price dropped from EUR 74 to EUR 39. This was excllent value for money and a great eway to see the Swiss countryside from the comfort of an uncrowded train. You pay EUR 2 extra to reserve a window seat.
There are a few airports in Switzerland but I chose to fly in to Basel from Liverpool with Easyjet.
Easyjet offer plenty of flights between Basel and the UK. I bought my tickets online from their easy to use web site (www.easyjet.com). My flight cost less than £70 for a return trip including taxes.
The flight takes around 90 minutes and passes over some lovely scenery. The captain kept us informed of progress and despite a late departure on the outward journey we stiill arrived roughly on time.
There are plenty of snacks and drinks available on-board the clean A319 aircraft.
From Basel airport it is easy to get a train to anywhere in Switzerland, France, Germany or beyond. Tickets can be purchased in Arrivals at the airport.