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Visiting the Jungfrau mountain aboard the Jungfrau train is a must-do experience but tickets to reach the Jungfraujoch don’t come cheap. With this in mind, if you have more than one day to spend in the Jungfrau region, you might find it better economically to purchase the Jungfrau Travel Pass which also includes excursions to a number of other mountains in the area.

 

The Jungfrau Travel Pass (sometimes called the Jungfrau Pass, Jungfrau Region Pas or Jungfrau VIP Pass) is an unlimited regional travel pass valid for durations of between three and eight days that can take the place of individual Jungfrau tickets. Click here to check current prices.


The Pass includes travel by train, bus and gondola to some of the top attractions in Switzerland. For Passes with a duration of five to eight days, boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and train between Interlaken Ost and West, and Interlaken Ost and Brienz, are also included.

 

Jungfrau Travel Pass mapJungfrau Travel Pass map 


How much does the Jungfrau Travel Pass 2020 cost?

Below you will find the regular prices for the Jungfrau Travel Pass for travel in 2020:


*Reduced prices apply to holders of Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Half Fare Card.


Children 6 to 15 years pay CHF30 regardless of number of days travel on Jungfrau Travel Pass but only if their ticket (called a Junior Card) is purchased from a railway station in the region.


What is included in the Jungfrau Travel Pass?

As well as covering public transport in the region, the Jungfrau Travel Pass includes train excursions to Jungfraujoch*, Schynige Platte and Grindelwald, and the Harder Kulm funicular.


Gondolas (cable cars) between Grindelwald and First, Wengen and Mannlichen, and Lauterbrunnen and Grutschalp are also included in the Pass.


Also included is the train from Winteregg to Murren.


*A supplement applies for the sector from Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch – see details below.

 

Excursion        Individual fare (adult)          Included in Jungfrau Travel Pass?
Jungfraujoch   CHF234.80* return  Yes, except for the final leg which costs CHF61/CHF74^
Harder Kulm   CHF38.00* return  Yes
Schynige Platte   CHF71.20* return  Yes
Grindelwald First  CHF88.40* return  Yes
Wengen to Mannlichen CHF46.00 return  Yes
Lauterbrunnen to Murren            CHF22.80 return  Yes


5-day to 8-day passes also include train between Interlaken Ost and West, and Interlaken Ost and Brienz, as well as boats on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.


*Fares from Interlaken

^ Jungfraujoch supplement is CHF61 return during low season and CHF74 return during high season (1 June to 31 August).


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Below is a brief description of some of the excursions included in the Jungfrau Travel Pass.

 

JungfraubahnThe train journey to the Jungfraujoch is one of Switzerland's most popular day excursions.


Jungfraujoch

How to reach Jungfraujoch: After climbing steadily up the mountain past alpine pastures, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks, the final leg of the journey from Kleine Scheidegg sees the train travel via a 7-kilometre long tunnel carved through the mountain.


The Jungfrau railway was built from 1896 to 1912 and is an engineering masterpiece.


You’ll find much more information about the Jungfrau railway, how to get to Jungfraujoch and what to do at Jungfraujoch below.


Open: Year round


Grindelwald and Firstbahn

The Jungfrau Travel Pass includes rail travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the Bernese Oberland Railway, the bus from Grindelwald railway station to Grindelwald-First cable car station (with 5 to 8-day pass), and the cable car to First mountain.


Tickets for activities at First such as  Trottibikes, First Flyer, First Glider, etc. are additional.


Also included are the Gondelbahn cable car from Grindelwald to Mannlichen (opens 26 May, 2019), and buses from Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg, Bussalp and Waldspitz.


Open: 1 December, 2019 to 25 October, 2020


Cable car in GrindelwaldThe Jungfrau Travel Pass includes the cable car from Grindelwald to First mountain.


Harder Kulm funicular

The Harderbahn is a funicular from Interlaken to Harder Kulm. The funicular climbs to 1322 metres above sea level on the 10-minute journey and travels at a gradient of 64%.


With huge windows and a glass roof, the Harderbahn offers superb views of Interlaken.


At the summit, a short walk takes you to the Two Lakes Bridge from where you can see Lakes Thun and Brienz, Interlaken and the nearby peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch.


There’s a restaurant which serves traditional Swiss meals, as well as a snack bar


If you’re feeling energetic, the Harder Wanderweg (a circular walking path) takes around an hour to complete.


Open: Mid-April to early December, 2020


Two Lakes Bridge InterlakenThe Harder Bahn, which is included in the Jungfrau Travel Pass, is the best way to reach Two Lakes Bridge for great views over Interlaken.


Schynige Platte cogwheel railway

Since 1918 an open-sided cog-wheel railway to Schynige Platte has been operating from Wilderswil, just a few minutes from Interlaken.


Traditional-style carriages with wooden bench seats are still used today on the one-hour journey across the Breitlauenen Alp. Whilst an electric-powered engine is used today, four times per summer passengers can experience can enjoy a steam-powered ride with the original locomotive built in 1894.


Between 11am and 2pm each day (from 1 June), alphorn players dressed in traditional Swiss costumes perform a free concert. A photo is a must!


Schynige Platte is the starting point for numerous hikes of various lengths.


There is a bistro and a restaurant at Schynige Platte and it’s also possible to stay overnight in the hotel.


Open: 30 May to 25 October, 2020


Schnyige PlatteThe historic Schnyige Platte train is included in the Jungfrau Travel Pass. Image courtesy Switzerland Tourism.


Wengen to Mannlichen cableway

With plenty of alpine walks to enjoy, summer sledding and great views over the Bernese Alps and Lauterbrunnen Valley, a visit to Mannlichen makes a great day out.


Open: 9 May to 25 October, 2020


Murrenbahn

Access to the car-free village of Murren from Lauterbrunnen includes a combination of cable car and train.


In four minutes, an aerial cable car transports passengers from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp, where they connect with a train to Murren, via Winteregg.


Open: Year round


In addition to the above inclusions, 5-day to 8-day passes also include train trips between Interlaken Ost and West, and Interlaken Ost and Brienz, as well as boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.


The Jungfrau Travel Pass includes the cable car and train between Lauterbrunnen and MurrenThe Jungfrau Travel Pass includes the cable car and train between Lauterbrunnen and Murren


How many days does the Jungfrau Travel Pass last?

The Jungfrau Travel Pass can be purchased in the following durations: - 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days, 7 days, 8 days.


When is the Jungfrau Travel Pass valid?

The Pass can be used between 13 April and 25 October, 2020.


Do any discounts apply to the Jungfrau Travel Pass?

Whilst there are no Jungfrau Travel Pass discount codes that I am aware of, discounts do  apply for holders of the Swiss Half Fare Card, Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex. When purchasing your Jungfrau Travel Pass online, be sure to select the correct option to ensure you pay the discounted price.


You will be required to present both your Jungfrau Travel Pass voucher and your Half Fare Card and/or Swiss Travel Pass to the ticket inspector on request.


Jungfrau Travel PassYour ride on the Jungfraubahn is one you'll never forget.


Does the Jungfrau Travel Pass include train travel all the way to the Jungfraujoch?

Whilst the Jungfrau Travel Pass does not cover the fare all the way to the top of Jungfraujoch, the final sector can be purchased at a specially reduced price.


If you’re wondering how to go to Jungfraujoch on the ‘cheap’, you should consider the pass even though it costs an additional fee as it still may be more economical for you.


The additional ticket for the Jungfraujoch journey should be purchased at Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald or Kleine Scheidegg railway station prior to your journey.


How do I validate my Jungfrau Travel Pass ticket?

If you have purchased your Jungfrau Travel Pass online (click here to buy now), you should print out a copy of the voucher. The voucher/ticket does not need to be validated but should be presented to the ticket inspector on each train when requested.


Please make sure the dates on your voucher correspond to the dates you are travelling.


Jungfrau Pass mapThe Jungfraujoch pass includes a variety of mountain excursions in the Jungfrau Region.


Jungfraujoch pass


Do I need a seat reservation on the Jungfraujoch train?

Seat reservations are not compulsory but are highly recommended during high season.


Holding a seat reservation allows separate boarding and guarantees a seat on the sector between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch and vice versa (about 30 minutes duration each way).


Specific seats are not allocated but a reserved seat is guaranteed.


How long does it take to get from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch?

Both the Interlaken to Jungfraujoch train journey and the Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch train journey takes two hours. This makes a Grindelwald or Interlaken to Jungfrau day trip very easy.


The journey does require a change of trains but the timetables are set so that there is minimal waiting time between trains.


If travelling via Grindelwald you will travel on the Bernese Oberland Railway between Interlaken and Grindelwald. From Grindelwald, the Wengernalp rack railway operates to Kleine Scheidegg, then you transfer to the Jungfraubahn for the final leg of the journey.


Passengers travelling via Lauterbrunnen will take the Bernese Oberland Railway all the way from Interlaken to Wengen and then change to the Wengernalp rack railway to Kleine Scheidegg. At Kleine Scheidegg you meet the Jungfraubahn for the final sector.


Jungrau Top of Europe


How many trains per day operate to the Jungfraujoch?

There are twenty services per day between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, departing every 30 minutes from 06:35 to 16:35.


For the return journey, the last departure of the day from the Jungfrau to Interlaken is at 18:43.


Do I have to start my trip to the Jungfraujoch in Interlaken?

No. If it is more convenient, you can start your journey at any of the stations along the route including Wilderswil, Lauterbrunnen (click here for tips on things to do in Lauterbrunnen), Wengen or Grindelwald.


Can I break my journey to the Jungfraujoch?

Yes, it is possible to disembark at any of the stations along the way and re-join a later service on the same day. All passengers are required to disembark the train at Kleine Scheidegg and re-board another train on the opposite platform.


I recommend you spend at least three hours on at Jungfraujoch to allow enough time to see all the exhibitions. These include the Ice Palace where you can see impressive sculptures carved from ice, a 360-degree panorama film, and the Sphinx Observatory which offers superb views of the Aletsch Glacier.


What else is there to do at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe?

During the summer months the Snow Park is one of the most popular things to do at Jungfraujoch. Here you can try snow tubing (CHF20 per adult, CHF15 per child) or sledging (CHF25/CHF20) for unlimited rides, skiing or snowboarding (CHF35/CHF25) or just play in the snow.


There’s also a flying fox – called the Tyrolienne - (CHF20 per adult/CHF15 per child) and golfers can have three attempts at hitting a hole-in-one for just CHF10.


At Jungfraujoch Top of Europe you’ll also find a shop selling clothing and souvenirs.


Sphinx Observatory JungfraujochThe Sphinx Observatory at Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe offers wonderful views of the Aletsch Glacier.


What else should I know about the Jungfraujoch train?

  • There are no toilets or food/drink facilities onboard.

  • The trains operating on the Jungfraujoch line are wheelchair accessible but you should advise railway staff at your departure point if you are traveling with a passenger in a wheelchair so that someone is ready to assist with changing trains at Kleine Scheidegg.

  • The Jungfraujoch service operates 365 days per year. 

  • The Jungfraujoch railway station is the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level.


When should I buy the Jungfrau Travel Pass? Worth it or not?

If you are visiting the Jungfrau region of Switzerland between mid-April* and 27 October, 2020, are spending more than one day in the region, and will do a day trip to the Jungfraujoch and at least one additional excursion, the Jungfrau Travel Pass will be the best value. (*Note: Some excursions only begin operating in mid-May or early June).


The regular Jungfraujoch ticket price is CHF234.80 return per adult from Interlaken and the regular Harder Kulm ticket price is CHF38 return per adult, which comes to a total cost of CHF272.80 per adult.  The 3-day Jungfrau Travel Pass costs CHF
254 (CHF180 plus CHF74^ for the final sector on the Jungfraujoch). Purchasing the Pass represents a saving of CHF18.80 per adult.

^Peak season supplement


Were you to add in one additional excursion on the third day, for example the train from Interlaken to Grindelwald and then the bus and cable car to Grindelwald First (regular ticket prices are CHF88.40 return per adult), you would have saved CHF107.20 per adult.


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What does Jungfraujoch mean in English?

In case you were wondering, the German word Jungfrau means young lady or virgin, and the word joch translates as pass (as in a mountain pass).

 

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