From Lauterbrunnen, I walked the couple of miles along the river to the falls at Trummelbach. After walking around the falls (and the many steps involved in this), I opted to take the bus back to Lauterbrunnen.
Buses run every hour between Trummelbach and Lauterbrunnen. The bus stop can be found near the large building at the entrance to the path to the falls. I think the building is a restaurant. There are toilet facilities inside anyway.
My single ticket back to Lauterbrunnen cost 3.40 CHF.
We became very familiar with this train station as our train from Basel stopped here for our connection to Lauterbrunnen which is 20 minutes away.
We passed through this station several times on our travels, a day trip to Bern, also to catch our train to Zurich and several other visits to Interlaken.
The train station is in the city centre.
Reliable reservation options, safe approach, clearly marked parking spaces and practical luggage carrier offer an optimum, customer-friendly service. The easiest and most comfortable way to reach the WAB and BLM railway stations with dry feet!
For people who want to shorten the train ride up to Jungfraujoch for example.
About 10 CHF for nine hours. On a good weather day it might be good to be early specially in winter!
A feature of Lauterbrunnen is the various modes of alpine transport that commence or pass through the town.
The funicular to Murren commences in Lauterbrunnen and we saw it often as it passed within 10 metres of our hotel room. It looked very modern, however we did not have time to visit Murren. Perhaps another time.
We were lucky as upon arrival late afternoon into Lauterbrunnen we were informed we should visit Jungfrau early tomorrow morning as the weather forecast predicted clear sky to midday.
Forecast was correct and we were on Lauterbrunnen station at 8am. The station was very busy and when a comuter train arrived from Interlaken several hundred tourists arrived for the Jungfrau train. We missed the Jungfrau train as we preferred not to fight to get passage.
Ten minutes later we were on the next train, window seat for photos, and enjoyed the ride. The last section of the journey is through a tunnel to the top of the mountain.
Our ticket included admission to the Jungfrau Ice Museum etc etc. Cost 118CHF per adult.
We chose the Lauterbrunnen town for our 4 night stay as it is a beautiful location and the railway station is the hub for trains travelling up to Wengen , Jungfrau and other mountain towns. It also has a regular train service to Interlaken which is only 20 minutes travel time.
It is a busy train station relative to the town size.
This is actually a tip on both the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp and the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (BLM) which is a mountain railway which connects the villages of Grutschalp and Mürren.
The route consists of an aerial cableway and a mountain railway, connecting at the Grütschalp station. The cableway runs 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and was opened only in 2006, replacing a funicular. From Grütschalp the line continues 4.2 km (2.6 mi) to Mürren. The single cable car carries up to 100 passengers in a journey time of 4 minutes, a significant improvement over the 11 minute funicular journey time. If you feel like it you can also take an easy hike between Grütschalp and Mürren on an adjacent path.
The BLM station at Lauterbrunnen is directly opposite the station of the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB) to Interlaken, and the Wengernalpbahn (WAB) to Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald.
Here is the video link so you can experience some of this trip. Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn.
From the Stechelberg station, you can take the cable car all the way up to Piz Gloria and the Schilthorn, the setting where James Bond battled Doctor Evil (or was it Telly Savalas...) in the movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." The lift system makes intermediate stops in Gimmelwald, Mürren, and Birg. Before you go all the way up, be sure to check the closed-circuit TV behind the ticket counter. If it's foggy, don't bother going up. Sadly, on this visit, it was indeed foggy, so we stopped at Mürren.
Through December 2008, travel from Stechelberg to Schilthorn costs CHF 91.80 per adult / CHF 45.90 per child round-trip. Swisspass will cover the trip from Stechelberg to Mürren (though you must use a travel day if it's a flexi-pass). From Mürren, the round trip costs CHF 71.40 / CHF 35.70. 50% discount with Swisspass for this segment. An early morning or late afternoon ticket costs CHF 69 round trip from Stechelberg, CHF 53.60 from Mürren. Swisspass discount is off the full fare, so passholders pay about the same (CHF 35.70 round trip using a railpass day, CHF 45.90 without) no matter when they go.
NOTE: In 2008, the Schilthornbahn is closed for maintenance 21-25 April and 10 Nov - 5 Dec.
For 2008, The lift is open at 05:55, but the first cable car to Schilthorn doesn't depart Stechelberg until 07:25. Last cable car down departs the Schilthorn at 17:03 (18:03 Apr-Oct).
Although I had bought a Eurail pass before traveling to Europe, I was unaware that this pass was not valid to travel to Lauterbrunnen and the Jungfrau. To do this you must purchase an additional pass from the Interlaken west station. This will take you to Lauterbrunnen-Jungfrau-Grindlewald and back to Interlaken at any pace you want. You recieve a 25% discount if you have a Eurail pass but the pass is not cheap.
In my opinion the "Regionalpass Berner Oberland" is the better deal in many cases :
It is valid 7 (220,-sfr) or 15 days (265,-sfr) and during 3 or 5 days you may use that ticket for unlimited travels, only for Jungfraujoch you pay 50 sfr extra and for Schilthorn 30 sfr extra.
The tickets are for consecutive days, BUT you may choose any 3 (or 5) days of unlimited travels by yourself - you simply stamp your ticket at any trainstation into a machine on these days.
During the rest of the days you pay half of the ordinary prices.
This ticket includes also all trains and ships around Brienzersee and Thunersee, trains till Brig, Lenk i.S., Adelboden, Meiringen, Gstaad and halfprice all days to Zermatt, Luzern, Bern etc...
It includes also Brienzer Rothorn and Stockhorn.
I had this ticket with 7 days and could save a lot of money, although I had only 3 days with excellent weather.
Depending on the duration of your vacation and maybe also depending on a good weather-forecast it might make sense to buy this special ticket :
Jungfraubahnen-pass is a special pre-paid train-ticket for 6 consecutive days and it is valid for the whole area of Interlaken Ost to Große Scheidegg, First,Gridelwald, Busalp, Kl.Scheidegg,Männlichen, Wengen,Mürren, Harder Kulm and Schynigge Platte.
You may use all of these trains and buses for free for 6 days, only for the Jungfraujoch you pay 50 sfr extra.
For the Schilthorn you have to pay the full price !!
The Jungfraubahnen-pass is 190 sfr for the 6 consecutive days !
At Lauterbrunnen you have to change from the ordinary trains, coming from Interlaken to the cog-rail-trains going up to Wengen - Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch !
When you leave the train at the station of Lauterbrunnen you will always have a connecting train towards Kl.Scheidegg within a few minutes - NO reason to panik, everything is explained well and from 1 train to the other is just a few meters !!!
The ordinary ticket from Interlaken to Kl.Scheidegg is 68 sfr, to Jungfraujoch is again +80 sfr.
There is also a "Good-morning-ticket" with a reduction of 25% of the price Scheidegg-Jungfrau for the very first train in the morning !
Tourists with Jungfraubahnen-Pass, Regional-Pass Berner Oberland, Halbtax-Abo etc. pay 50 sfr for the ride from kl. Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch !
Lockers for your luggage are available at the stations :Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Kl.Scheidegg, Jungfraujoch !
There are 2 possibilities to get on top of the Schilthorn / Piz Gloria :
1)Get out of the train at the station and walk about 3 minutes through a tunnel to the cable-car-station. You take first the cablecar from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and change there to the train going to Winteregg and Mürren. From there you take a walk for 15-20 minutes across the village before you get to the cable-car-station to Schilthorn / Piz Gloria.
2)You take the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg and change there to the Schilthorn-cablecar, that starts with the 1st of its 4 sections in Stechelberg.
For both possibilities you should know :
Untill Mürren you may use your ordinary train-tickets, Eurotrain-, Interrail-tickets, Jungfraubahnen-Pass, Regional-Pass Berner Oberland etc.
In my opinion a visit at Schilthorn makes sense only in perfect weather !!
Even when you travel with any of the pre-paid train-passes, you still have to pay 32 sfr extra for the last 2 segments of the cablecar (Mürren-Birg and Birg-Schilthorn).
The ordinary price Mürren-Schilthorn is about 65 sfr !!
You may also get a "Mürren-Schilthorn-Ferienpass" - for 135 sfr you may use the following means of transportation without restrictions for 6 consecutive days:
the cablecars between Stechelberg & Schilthorn, betweeen Mürren & Allmendhubel, and the trains between Lauterbrunnen & Mürren + the postbus Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg !
Lockers for your luggage are available at the station of Schilthornbahn in Mürren !
We arrived there by car but the infrastructure is very developed (it is Switzerland :)..) so you can come by train from Interlaken, too. To go up to Wengen ,Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch (The top of Europe) you just take the train which has a clear schedule and it's always on time. It's the only way to go up no matter the season.
Depending on where you are flying in and out of, Lauterbrunnen is fairly easy to reach via Bern and then Interlaken. Bern can be reached from Geneva, Zurich, or Basel if you are coming from Germany, Frankfurt for instance.
Approximate travel times are:
Basel - 2-3 hours
Berne - 1-2 hours
Geneva - 3-4 hours
Frankfurt - 5-6 hours
Lugano - 4-5 hours
Zurich - 2-3 hours
But very dependant on train schedules and connecting trains. For more information it is better to go directly to the SBB at www.rail.ch for detailed train schedules and fares.