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If your Switzerland vacation includes three or more days in the Bernese Oberland region, which includes Interlaken, it is worth considering purchasing a Regional Pass Berner Oberland.

 
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The Bernese Oberland region is famous for its huge array of mountain excursions but they can get expensive if you plan on enjoying a few of them. 


That’s where an all-inclusive travel pass can offer huge benefits.  Not only does it mean you’re not always dipping into your pocket or purse to pay for excursions, it also saves you money.


In this guide to the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, I cover everything you need to know about the Pass including what it includes, what it costs, where to purchase it, and much more.


What is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

The Regional Pass Berner Oberland is a single travel pass that includes free train and bus transportation, ships and over 15 free cable car rides, and discounts on more than 32 other services in the region. 


Regional Pass Berner Oberland validityRegional Pass Berner Oberland area of validity.


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What does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland include?

The Pass includes free travel on more than 15 cable cars, train rides and cruises including:

  • Brienz Rothorn bahn steam train
  • Grindelwald to First cable way
  • Grindelwald to Mannlichen cable car
  • Grindelwald to Pfingstegg cable car
  • Grindelwald/Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg
  • Harder Kulm funicular
  • Luzern Interlaken Express 
  • Lake cruise on Lake Thun and/or Lake Brienz
  • Stechelberg to Murren cable car
  • Schynige Platte cog wheel train
  • Niesen
  • Stockhorn
  • Niederhorn
  • Mountain railways Meiringen-Hasliberg
  • Murren – Allmendhubel funicular
  • Lake Oeschinen cable way (Kandersteg)


Brienz Rothorn Bahn Bernese OberlandThe Brienz Rothorn Bahn steam train ride is included in the Regional Pass Berner Oberland. Image courtesy: Swiss Travel System


How long is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland valid?

The Pass can be purchased for durations of 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 consecutive days and can be used between 20 April and 31 October, 2019.


How does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland differ from the Jungfrau Travel Pass?

Whilst both Passes include free travel on the Harder Kulm funicular, Schynige Platte cogwheel railway and the Grindelwald-First cable way, as well as discounted travel on the Jungfraujoch train, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland also includes additional bonuses.


Free travel on the Stechelberg to Murren cableway, Brienz Rothorn steam train and the Pfingstegg cable car is included, as are free cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz (only available on 5 to 8-day Jungfrau Travel Passes).

>> You can compare the value of the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, Jungfrau Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass to see which is the best value for your itinerary by clicking here. <<


In addition to the bonuses mentioned above, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland offers free travel on almost all railways and bus routes throughout the whole region which stretches as far as Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Gstaad and Brig.


This means that you can travel between Lucerne and Interlaken on the Luzern-Interlaken Express absolutely free.  Travel from Interlaken as far as Saanen (near Gstaad) on the GoldenPass Line is also included, with a 50% discount offered on the final leg from Saanen to Montreux.


A number of cable cars in Lenk, Abelboden and Kandersteg are also heavily discounted for Regional Pass holders.


More than 32 travel partners also offer discounts to Pass holders.  These discounts apply to entry fees and activities in the region.


Where the Jungfrau Travel Pass includes transport and mountain excursions in the Jungfrau Region only, the Berner Oberland Travel Pass extends its reach to areas further afield.


To see the area of validity of the Pass, click here.


JungfraubahnRegional Pass Berner Oberland pass holders receive a special reduced price on the Jungfraujoch excursion. Photo courtesy Swiss Travel System.


What other bonuses apply to the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

Bonus offers available to Pass holders include:

  • Single or return fares on Gelmberbahn for just CHF 3
  • Half price travel on the Murren to Schilthorn cableway
  • 10% discount on a number of adventure activities from Outdoor Interlaken including Canyon Swing, bungy jumping, family river rafting, Rope Park Interlaken, and more
  • 50% off travel on the GoldenPass Line between Montreux and Saanen
  • Special rate of CHF 99 for the Jungfraujoch excursion
  • Free entry to Blausee lake
  • 50% off Glacier 3000 cable car
  • and more


What does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland cost?

The Pass is, in my opinion, very reasonably priced.  A 3-day Regional Pass Berner Oberland (2nd class travel) costs just CHF 210 with a 10-day pass costing CHF 390 per adult.  Child passes can be purchased for just CHF 30 for the same duration as the accompanying adult’s pass.


See the table below for Pass costs for the available durations for both 2nd and 1st class travel. 


Note: First class travel only applies to regular trains and lake cruises, not mountain trains or cable cars. 


Recommended retail prices are:

  Full price     Reduced price*  
 Duration 2nd class 1st class   2nd class 1st class 
 3 Days CHF 210 CHF 252 CHF 160 CHF 192 
 4 Days CHF 250  CHF 300 CHF 188 CHF 226
 6 Days CHF 310  CHF 372 CHF 235 CHF 282
 8 Days CHF 350 CHF 420 CHF 265 CHF 318
 10 Days CHF 390 CHF 468 CHF 295 CHF 354
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*Holders of a Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card receive discounted rates on the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.  See the table above for the applicable prices. 


No discounts apply to the purchase price of the Pass for Eurail Pass holders.


Children aged 6 to 16 years can purchase a Regional Pass for CHF 30.  The Junior Travel Card and Children’s Co-travelcard are not valid.


Where do you buy the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

The Pass is available to purchase online (CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS) or at most railway stations and Tourist Offices in the Bernese Oberland, as well as at Zurich, Geneva and Basel Airports.


Schilthorn cablewayPass holders receive a 50% discount on the Schilthorn cableway. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.


How do I use my Regional Pass?

When travelling aboard trains and buses, simply show your valid Pass to the conductor or driver onboard.


For other modes of transport – cableway, funicular, ship – present your Pass at the ticket office in exchange for a ticket. 


Do I need to make reservations for any of the trains?

Most trains and mountain excursions do not require advance reservations.  I do recommend you make seat reservations for the Jungfraujoch excursion (CHF 10 per person, payable at any train station ticket office in the region) and if you plan to travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and/or the GoldenPass Line.


How much money can I save with the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

To show you how much you can save by purchasing the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, I have created two itineraries which include a range of train rides and mountain excursions.   


The first itinerary includes train travel between Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Gstaad, Bern and back to Zurich, as well as numerous mountain excursions and a lake cruise.  One trip on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and two trips on the GoldenPass Line are included.


Glacier3000 PeaksWalkUse your Pass for discounted travel by cable car to Glacier 3000 and experience the Peaks Walk. Photo courtesy Swiss Travel System.


8 day itinerary | Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken - Gstaad - Bern - Zurich | Pass cost CHF 350*


Day 1 - Zurich to Lucerne

Travel by intercity train - cost with Pass CHF 25.00 / regular price CHF 25.00


Day 2 - Lucerne | Mt Titlis excursion

Train Lucerne to Hergiswil (return) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 8.20

Hergiswil to Engelberg to Mt Titlis (return) - cost with Pass CHF 62.40 / regular price CHF 124.80


Day 3 - Lucerne to Interlaken | Lake Cruise and Harder Kulm excursion

Lucerne to Interlaken on Luzern Interlaken Express - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 33.00

Lake Thun cruise - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 70.00

Harder Kulm funicular - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 32.00 


Day 4 - Interlaken | Jungfraujoch excursions

Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken - cost with Pass CHF 99.00 / regular price CHF 210.80


Day 5 - Interlaken | Grindelwald with First and Pfingstegg excursions

Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald (return) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 22.40

Grindelwald-First cable car - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 66.00

Grindelwald Pfingstegg cable car - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 28.00


GoldenPass train near GstaadThe GoldenPass Line train between Interlaken and Saanen is included in the Regional Pass Berner Oberland. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.


Day 6 - Interlaken to Gstaad by GoldenPass Line and Glacier 3000 excursion

Interlaken to Zweisimmen - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 27.00

Zweisimmen to Gstaad on GoldenPass Line - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 11.20

Glacier 3000 Excursion from Gstaad - cost with Pass CHF 51.20  / regular price CHF 101.40


Day 7 - Gstaad to Bern by GoldenPass Line and Bern Old Town walk

Gstaad to Zweisimmen on GoldenPass Line - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 11.20

Zweisimmen to Bern - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 35.00

Bern Old Town stroll with audio guide - cost with Pass CHF 12.50 / regular price CHF 25.00 


Day 8 - Bern to Zurich

Bern to Lucerne - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 35.00

Lucerne to Zurich - cost with Pass CHF 25.00 / regular price CHF 25.00


Total cost of the above itinerary with Regional Pass - CHF 625.10

Total cost of the above itinerary without Regional Pass - CHF 891.00

You save - CHF 265.90   CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS


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Harderbahn InterlakenCatch the Harderbahn (included with your Pass) to visit Harder Kulm and the Two Lakes Bridge above Interlaken. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.


The second itinerary is for an extended stay in Interlaken, allowing more time to experience the attractions in the Jungfrau region.  This itinerary includes numerous mountain excursions, a lake cruise and castle visit and a visit to the Swiss Open Air Museum. 


As you will see from this itinerary, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland is still good value even if you are driving to the region and don’t need to use the train from Lucerne or Bern to get to Interlaken.


6 day Interlaken Itinerary | Pass cost CHF 310*

Day 1 - Visit to Ballenberg and Harder Kulm funicular

Train and bus from Interlaken to Ballenberg (return)  - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 23.60

Swiss Open Air Museum Ballenberg - cost with Pass CHF 21.00 / regular price CHF 28.00

Harder Kulm funicular - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 32.00


Day 2 - Jungfraujoch excursion

Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken - cost with Pass CHF 99.00 / regular price CHF 210.80


Day 3 - Grindelwald with First and Pfingstegg excursions

Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald (return) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 22.40

Grindelwald-First cable car (return trip) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 66.00

Grindelwald Pfingstegg cable car (return trip) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 28.00

(each Pass holder is also entitled to one free ride on the toboggan run)


Day 4 - Lake Thun cruise and visit

Lake Thun cruise (one way) - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 45.00

Visit Thun Castle - cost with Pass CHF 8.00 / regular price CHF 10.00

Train from Thun to Interlaken - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 17.40


Day 5 - Schilthorn excursion

Schilthorn excursion from Interlaken - cost with Pass CHF 41.30 / regular price CHF 129.00


Day 6 - Schynige Platte excursion

Schynige Platte excursion from Interlaken - cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 71.20


Total cost of the above itinerary with Regional Pass - CHF 479.30

Total cost of the above itinerary without Regional Pass - CHF 683.80

You save - CHF 204.10   CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS


Subject to modifications


Note: All prices are for 2nd class travel without Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card discounts. 


Some regular train fares may be reduced if Super Saver fares are available on the day of purchase.


cruise on Lake ThunCruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are included with the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.

 
As you can see, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland offers incredible value as well as the freedom to travel around the region on the extensive public transport network. 


With the all-inclusive Pass, you can hop on and off trains, buses, cableways, funiculars and boats as you please by simply presenting your Pass.

>> Compare all regional travel passes for the Bernese Oberland by clicking here! <<


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