During my two nights and three days in and around Wengen I used two different train systems.
Initially I was a little confused about they’re relation to each other and how passes affected certain runs and to a certain extent I still am confused about they’re price structure.
I won’t go into too much detail here because I think that there’s already some really good information here on VT about train transit in the Jaungfrau region and Switzerland in general. If you’re looking for good information I would suggest that you consult the Wengen and Lauterbrunnen and other pages here written by Globetrott.
What I will tell you about are the two main lines that run to and from Kleine Scheidegg.Each are separate from each other.
The first train line is the Jaungfraubahn that takes you to the “Top of Europe”. This train only goes back and forth between Kleine Scheidegg and Jaungfraujoch, “The Top of Europe”. The most interesting fact about this train line is the construction I think, the fact that the rail line is built through a 7km long tunnel through the rock of the Eiger and Mönch Mountains. See my tip about Jaungfraujoch for more information about this.
The second train line is called the Wengernalp and is in fact a “collector” system that will take you from two different origin points, Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen and move you throughout the Jaungfrau Region up to Kleine Scheidegg.
The Wengernalp is the world's longest continuous cogwheel railway and was was opened in 1893 and electrified in 1909/10.
The busiest stretch of railway runs from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and this is also used to transport goods to the traffic-free village.
If you are traveling up to Jaunfraujoch “The Top of Europe” then you MUST change trains at Kleine Scheidegg.
The station at Kleine Scheidegg is pretty basic…the one side of the station is where the trains from Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald arrive and depart from. The other side of the small station is where the Jaungfraubahn arrives and departs from.
Like most people arriving in Wengen we used the train to travel here from the town of Lauterbrunnen where we had parked our car easily at a car park directly attached to the train station there.
Access by train to Wengen is efficient and reliable; the small and easy train station in Wengen is conveniently located in the heart of the small village and acts as a sort of HUB to easily access the rest of the village …when you move away from the station you will see a cluster of signs that will direct you to your hotel or other areas of interest.
If you’re traveling with heavy luggage and you need help to get to your hotel you can contact the hotel free of charge directly from the station to arrange transport for your baggage.
As you get off the train directly in the center of the station under cover from the elements there is a small kiosk with a phone where you can make a free call to your hotel to arrange pick up of your luggage or if you haven’t arranged accommodation you can use this phone to contact a hotel from an illuminated display panel.
There are available two types of storage available here, lockers for day use and long term storage for larger items like skis maybe. You’ll also find a small shop here that sells cigarettes and drinks and newspapers and candies. BUT…if you need something that you’ve forgotten there’s a Co Op grocery store in town where you’ll likely find prices to be cheaper just a short walk away.
Of course there’s a ticket office. I used it to arrange and pay for my transit from Lauterbrunnen through to Fribourg via Interlaken and Thun easily and without hassle.
I paid for simple 2nd class train and combined it with a boat transfer from Interlaken to Thun across the beautiful Lake Thun or Thunersee as it is known in German. The attendants both spoke English, at least enough to complet the transaction without any problems.
If you’re spending time in Wengen you’ll most likely pass through the train station here and it will be a breeze, small and so easy to use.
You’ll find the cable car station in the heart of the town just a few minutes walk from the train station. Using this cable car to reach the station at Mannichlen you can access Mannichlen peak itself, or use it as a starting point for a variety of hiking possibilities including Kleine Scheidegg where I caught the Jaungfraubahn to the “Top of Europe”.
The cable car from Wengen to Mannlichen will take you the 930 meters up to Mannichlen Station in just six minutes and has a capacity of approximately seventy people.
Once you reach the station at Mannlichen you can also use a separate system with a 4 seated gondola that will take you to Grindelwald or you can stop at Holenstein or vice versa. This is a much longer transit and to use the system from Mannlichen to Grindelwald it takes about thirty minutes.
Here at the Mannlichen station you can purchase your tickets for either transit to Grindelwald or Holenstein or Mannlichen.
The schedule for the Wengen to Mannlichen cable car commences for the day at 0800 hrs…and runs from either direction every 15 minutes. The last car runs DOWN to Wengen from Mannlichen at 1730 and the last car UP to Mannlichen leaves at 1715.
The schedule will always vary in poor weather or seasonal requirements so best to check with them especially if you’re going up to Mannlichen and spending the night in Wengen or maybe Lauterbrunnen or other places.
The costs vary depending on exactly what you want to do, so I wont include them here…but I WILL INLCLUDE a web address where you can determine exactly what you need and price it yourself.
As Wengen is car-free, your choice of transportation going to the other villages and towns of the Bernese Oberland is by trains, cable cars or funicular. The Swiss Pass will get you to most destinations either for free or at 25% or 50% off the price. Also you can avail of boat rides around Lake Brienz or Lake Thun with the Swiss Pass
My internet map had me routing around the border town of Basel, Switzerland on my way to Wengen. I was confused by this, since the road maps obviously had a main throroughfare going right through the town. Come to find out that people who want to drive on Swiss motoways must buy an annual pass for EURO40. That's right annual pass. No daily passes or weekly passes available. Yikes! Apparently, this is only levied when crossing the border on a motorway, which is why the internet map had routed me around.
***cjohnson99 says that if you rent a car in Switzerland, the pass comes along with it!***
The excellent mountain transport system takes you right up and through the mountains to the "Top of Europe".
The train from Interlaken is taken to Lauterbrunnen and then the Wengen mountain train is taken up to Wengneralp and on to to Kleine Scheidegg where you can change to the Jungfrau railway which carves its way through the Eiger up to the Jungraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. Here on a clear day is a breathtaking alpine view and glacier world.
Here's the station at Kleine Scheidegg. The train can be taken here onwards to Jungfraujoh or down to Grindelwad - the opposite valley to Wengen (not the LAuterbrunnen side but the other way)
Wengen is such a nice trip and stopping off point for the train between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Sheidegg