For those who stay in Mürren for some days it can be convenient to buy a Schilthorn Holiday Pass. With this pass, which is valid for 6 consecutive days, you can go up and down the mountain as many times as you please using all the available means of transports.
More precisely, the routes and means of transport are the following:
The price in 2010 is 135 Swiss francs for adults. If you consider that one Mürren-Schilthorn return ticket costs 75 francs, it is really a bargain.
There are some car-free villages in Switzerland, and Mürren is one of them. You may see very few vehicles there, but the roads they have used to get to the village are mainly for tractors and not open to normal traffic.
The only way to reach Mürren is by cableway. There is a train station as well, but the only train goes just to the village of Grütschalp, and from there the only other connection to anywhere else is the cableway to Lauterbrunnen.
The route to get here goes necessarily via Lauterbrunnen. From there one can take the cableway to Grütschalp (until a few years ago there was a funicular instead of the cableway) and then the little train I mentioned before.
The other route is from Luterbrunnen to Stechelberg by car or bus, then a cableway to Gimmelwald and from there another cableway to Mürren. It souds terribly complicated, but the connections are actually extremely easy and the timing is scheduled perfectly.
The "Regionalpass Berner Oberland" is in my humble opinion the best 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.
In order to get on top of the Schilthorn / Piz Gloria you may choose between 2 possibilities :
1)Take the train to Lauterbrunnen, 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 Gruetschalp and change there to the train going to Winteregg and Muerren. From there you take a walk of about 15-20 minutes across the village of Muerren, before you get to the cable-car-station to Schilthorn / Piz Gloria.
2)You may as well take the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg and change there to the Schilthorn-cablecar, that starts there with the 1st of its 4 sections in Stechelberg.
For both possibilities you should know :
Untill Muerren you may use your ordinary train-tickets, Eurotrain-, Interrail-tickets, Jungfraubahnen-Pass, Regional-Pass Berner Oberland etc.
In my opinion a visit to Schilthorn makes sense only in perfect weather-conditions !!
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 (Muerren-Birg and Birg-Schilthorn).
The ordinary price Muerren-Schilthorn is about 65 sfr !!
You may also get a "Muerren-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 Muerren & Allmendhubel, and all the trains between Lauterbrunnen & Muerren + the postbus Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg !
Lockers for your luggage are available at the station of Schilthornbahn in Muerren !
From Zurich it will take about 5 trains and 3,5 hours to Murren .
Zurich > Bern.
Bern > Interlaken OST
Interlaken OST > Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen > Murren BLM
Close to Murren you even take a mountain railway. Very steep! See photo.
Getting there is very easy though. We booked tickets before arriving, but it's not required. There are no seat reservation, so just pick up your ticket in the airport upon arrival.
Travel time from Zurich to Lucerne is approximately 1 hour, but check the SBB webpage for actual departure and arrival times. Lucerne to Interlaken is about 1 1/2 hours. Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen maybe 30 mins. However, you have to check total travel time due to changing trains.
Lauterbrunnen to Winteregg about 20 mins and Murren another 10 mins, but it is one train, it just stops in Winteregg and then carries on. The vernicular only goes every 20 mins. You transfer automatically from the vernicular to the narrow guage train above Lauterbrunnen.
You can buy one ticket from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen, but you will have to buy a separate ticket to get up to Murren. There is nothing in Lauterbrunnen except a quick look at the waterfall. See my pages on Lauterbrunnen for a feel for the place. There are some photos from the box canyon and the waterfall. Better to spend your time in Murren and/or take the train to the otherside of the valley and see Wengen and the Kleine Scheidig. That is why we stay in Lauterbrunnen, so we can visit both sides of the valley.
Murren is car-free with the exception of a few service-vehicle. Nothing to disturb the peace. We can get anywhere on foot, so no problem.
From Lauterbrunnen Valley, we took the steep train to Grutschalp, then we changed to this train to Murren.
Murren is traffic free but it is very pleasant to walk around.