How To Get To Lauterbrunnen? Make An Itinerary and Visit

Lauterbrunnen is considered by most travelers as the heaven-on-earth destination in Switzerland. With its idyllic villages, breathtaking scenery, and phenomenal marvels of engineering, it’s easy to understand why Lauterbrunnen has captivated the eyes and hearts of many travelers.

However, there is one takeaway. Lauterbrunnen is located in Switzerland, the most expensive country to visit on the entire planet. It is where we can surely fill our lives with beautiful experiences and quickly empty our wallets.

Quickly empty our wallets? – It shouldn’t be. As long as we plan before going to Lauterbrunnen, we could definitely have fun without spending too much!

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One of the ways we can save money in traveling in Switzerland is by creating an itinerary with destinations close to each other. That way, we not only save money for long commutes or drives, but we maximize our time as well. 

This blog post will let you find the information you can use to plan your trip to Switzerland and Lauterbrunnen so you can save some money and time. You will also learn many ways how you can get to Lauterbrunnen from different cities and airports.

If you’re in Switzerland already, this will be helpful for you, too, especially if you prefer a DIY trip to Lauterbrunnen over the expensive tours. You will save a lot of effort in figuring out what destination in Lauterbrunnen or near Lauterbrunnen to visit next and so on…

IMPORTANT: In this blog post, you will see several tables showing the distance and travel time information using public transportation and private vehicle going to and from Lauterbrunnen. I will explain how you can use them below or skip to the main content and read this later. You might also want to check how I came up with the data in the Resources section.

For the “Public Transportation” tables, you will see:

  • City/town you will be coming from or visiting next.
  • Commute Difficulty. These columns should tell you how many transfers (bus or train) you must make to get to your destination. There will be two columns for this category since different buses or trains in Switzerland (IC, RE, etc.) do not operate uniformly in sync at all hours of the day. For example, there is a direct train from place A to place B during the day. But you must make a transfer during the night as the direct train isn’t available. In that case, the Max Transfer is 1 or “2 train rides,” and the Min Transfer is 0 or “Direct.” The lesser the transfers, the more convenient the commute is.
    • Max Transfers
    • Min Transfers
  • Travel Time. Like commute difficulty, this also has two columns due to the availability of some trains and buses at different times. The travel time column shall give you an idea of what is the possible shortest and longest time you will spend in transit. Waiting time between transfers is included in the estimates.  
    • Max Travel Time
    • Min Travel Time

For the “Private Vehicle” Tables, you will see:

  • Town/city you will be coming from or visiting next.
  • Distance in kilometers and miles gives you an idea of how much you will spend on fuel/charge (fastest route)
  • Travel Time. An estimate based on ideal driving conditions. (fastest route)

That’s too much for an introduction. LOL! Let’s start with the most basic question about Lauterbrunnen:

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Where is Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is a municipality located in the heart of the Bernese Alps, approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Bern. It has a village which is also called Lauterbrunnen, and it is situated in the most spectacular trough valley of the country.

The Lauterbrunnen is surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and spectacular 3000-meter (9800 ft) high mountains in the Jungfrau Region, including the famous Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. The main Lauterbrunnen town has neighboring smaller idyllic villages like Stechelberg, Wengen, Murren, Isenfluh, and Gimmelwald, which comprise the entire municipality.

Map of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Map of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

See my article about the 10 Reasons Why You Will Lauterbrunnen (click here to read) to learn more about this gem in Switzerland. The post will tell you where the epic experiences are, scenic spots for photography, and, most importantly, activities that make your travels in Lauterbrunnen meaningful.

See my sample Lauterbrunnen Itineraries (click to open in a new tab) to give you an idea of how you can spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Lauterbrunnen. That post has 9 sample itineraries to help you visit the three best attractions in Lauterbrunnen: Mannlichen, Schilthorn, and Jungfraujoch.

Here are my other itineraries where Lauterbrunnen is also included:

  1. Interlaken Itinerary: Spend 1, 3 to 7 Days in Jungfrau Region
  2. How To Spend 3, 7, 10, and 14 Days Switzerland Itinerary

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How do I get to Lauterbrunnen?

You can reach Lauterbrunnen by car or public transportation like trains, buses, and even cableways. However, most of Lauterbrunnen’s tourist attractions are only accessible by public transit. That is why commuting rather than renting a car to visit Lauterbrunnen is much recommended.

In the following sections, you will see the lists of cities in Switzerland you can visit before or after seeing Lauterbrunnen. Each Swiss city is introduced by mentioning its highlights, distance, and commute information going to or from Lauterbrunnen.

With this knowledge, you can quickly assess if a particular city would be worth visiting by weighing the experiences that await you in that city vs. the time and money you will spend on the road or transit.

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Switzerland’s Major Cities (With Airports) to Lauterbrunnen

If you are coming from abroad and heading to Switzerland for Lauterbrunnen, you have four airports to choose from for arrival. These international airports are located in primary cities in Switzerland, namely: Zurich (ZRH), Geneva (GVA), Basel (BSL), and Bern (BRN)

Apparently, suppose you are coming from other European countries. In that case, you will likely have to switch trains at these cities too to go to Lauterbrunnen.

From Switzerland’s major cities, you can find train rides to Interlaken, where we do the final leg of the commute to Lauterbrunnen. The travel time between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen is only 20 minutes.

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Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, located northeast of the country. It is where you will most likely transfer trains if you’re going to Lauterbrunnen and coming from Austria and the southern portion of Bavaria in Germany.

Lauterbrunnen is located 128 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Zurich. You can stop by Zurich for high-end shopping, eat fancy chocolates, and enjoy the old but really picturesque buildings along the Limmat River.

Discover: 15 Best Reasons Why You Should Visit Zurich, Switzerland

Distance of Zurich from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Geneva

Geneva is the westernmost city in Switzerland, home to the headquarters of numerous international organizations in the world. If you are coming from central France to Lauterbrunnen, this will be the city where you will take a train transfer.

Lauterbrunnen is located northeast of Geneva. There is a 225 km (140 mi) road distance between them. You may want to stop by Geneva before going to Lauterbrunnen to see the United Nations’ office, a cathedral with an archeological site in the basement, and lots of exhibitions and museums.

Discover: 10 Best Reasons Why You Should Visit Geneva, Switzerland

Distance of Geneva from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Basel

Basel is the city in Switzerland that borders both France and Germany to the north. It is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe because of the numerous museums it houses.

Three railway networks pass Basel: Swiss, French, and German. In Basel, you’ll likely be switching trains in Switzerland if you are from northern France and western Germany.

Lauterbrunnen is located almost south of Basel, with 157 kilometers (97 miles) of roads between them. If you love museums, you would want to tour the city before going to Lauterbrunnen. One of them is Kunstmuseum, the largest museum of art in Switzerland.

Distance of Basel from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Bern

Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is the city nearest to Lauterbrunnen. It has an interchange station where the train transfers from Geneva and Zurich to Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen are. Basel has direct train trips to Interlaken, but these trains also stop in Bern.

Having Lauterbrunnen day trips from Bern is more reasonable than Geneva, Basel, and Zurich because Bern is just 72 kilometers (45 miles) away from Lauterbrunnen. One of the reasons you will visit Bern is its picturesque Old City, a UNESCO site since 1983.

Helpful Information: 22 Things To Do In Bern Switzerland With a 1,2,3-day itinerary

Distance of Bern to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Distance of Switzerland’s Major Cities to Lauterbrunnen

You can refer to the table below if you want to know how long it would take or how easy/difficult the drive/commute from each of these cities is. This should be useful when you plan to go to Lauterbrunnen after visiting one of these cities or still select an airport closest to Lauterbrunnen to start your trip.

How far is Lauterbrunnen from Switzerland’s major cities using public transportation?

City Commute Difficulty
(Max Transfer)
Commute Difficulty
(Min Transfers)
Travel Time
(Maximum)
Travel Time
(Minimum)
Zurich 3 train rides 4 train rides 3h 49m 2h 23m
Geneva 3 train rides 4 train rides 3h 37m 3h 13m
Basel 2 train rides 4 train rides +
2 bus rides
4h 31m 2h 27m
Bern 2 train rides 2 train rides +
1 bus ride
2h 18m 1h 29m
Commute From Cities with Airports to Lauterbrunnen

How far is Lauterbrunnen from Switzerland’s major cities using a private vehicle?

City Distance from Lauterbrunnen in Kilometers (Miles) Travel Time
Zurich 128 km (80 mi) 1h 49m
Geneva 225 km (140 mi) 2h 29m
Basel 157 km (97 mi) 1h 51m
Bern 72 km (45mi) 57m
Driving From Cities with Airports to Lauterbrunnen

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Cities in the Swiss Alps Near Lauterbrunnen

Switzerland also has beautiful cities in/near the Swiss Alps. They are more compelling to visit than the more populated cities in Switzerland’s Central Plateau and the Jura. Simply because you get almost the same historical discoveries and have more access to the most beautiful places in the Alps.

The Swiss Alps cities near the Lauterbrunnen are Montreux, Sion, Brig, Thun, and Lucerne. You can reach Lauterbrunnen from each city, and vice versa, in 2 hours and 15 minutes by driving a car and less than 3 hours using trains and buses.

You can check my article about The Cities Near The Swiss Alps (click here to read) to learn more about the highlights of your visit to each city. You will also know their distance to other beautiful destinations in the Swiss Alps, similar to Lauterbrunnen.

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Montreux

Montreux is the city in the westernmost part of the Swiss Alps, located west of Lauterbrunnen, with 157 kilometers of road distance in between. It is sandwiched between Rochers de Naye and Lake Geneva, where the annual Jazz festival happens.

You can include this in your Switzerland itinerary before or after you visit Lauterbrunnen if you want to experience a vibe of a modern city with beautiful scenery of a lake and mountains. Fans of Freddie Mercury should not miss this city. Near Montreux is Chillon Castle, the magical castle sitting by the lake, and the beautiful UNESCO Lavaux Vinorama vineyards.

I wrote a blog post answering the question, “Is Montreux Worth A Visit?” Check out the 10 reasons why you will visit Montreux in the previous link.

Distance of Montreux to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Sion

Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais, is a city in the Rhone Valley known for the two castles perched on top of the two hills. Lauterbrunnen lies northeast of Sion, with 115 kilometers or 71 miles of road distance in between.

It is a picturesque town beautified by the centuries-old castles that seem like crowns for the two hills they were built. In the chapel of one of the castles, you can find the oldest playable organ in the world. There are many good restaurants in the city offering great local wines.

Sion is definitely a link to the past. If you want to know about the castles and the oldest playable organ, check out my article about the 5 things to do in Sion (click here to read).

Distance of Sion from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Brig

Brig is the city in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is the city which most people choose as their home base because of its proximity to the attractions (i.e., Zermatt) and for being a central transport hub in the Alps.

Lauterbrunnen is located just north of Brig. However, they are separated by 3-thousand-meter high mountains, making the road distance from each other much longer at 102 kilometers or 63 miles.

Brig is also the gateway to the scenic and historical Simplon pass. World Nature Forum, a museum that gives a beautiful introduction to the Swiss Alps and Aletsch glacier, is here too. You can learn more in my article about Brig (click here to read).

Distance of Brig to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Thun

Among all the cities in the Swiss Alps, Thun is the city closest to Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken. It is located northwest of Lauterbrunnen, with 40 kilometers (25 miles) road distance in between.

Here in Thun, you can find the oldest panorama painting in the world. The town of Thun, its lake, and the Bernese Alps are the artwork’s subjects. There is also a castle in the city, which has towers you can climb to get a spectacular view of the town, lake, and snow-capped mountains from afar.

From Thun, you can ride boats that tour you to the castles by the lake. Learn more from my article about Thun (click here to read).

Distance of Thun to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Lucerne

The city of Lucerne is another major attraction in Switzerland that you should not miss visiting before or after you see Lauterbrunnen. Not only because it is near Lauterbrunnen, only 78 kilometers (48 miles) away by car, but also because it’s a city jampacked with things to do and discover.

Lucerne is one of the remaining cities in Switzerland with intact historic walls – and they look impressive! Its medieval aura you’ll see in its chapel bridge, old town’s building architecture, and so on will transport you back in time.

There’s more! You can easily visit mount Pilatus from Lucerne, an enchanting mountain that you can climb using the world’s steepest rack railway with a maximum gradient of 48 percent. Learn more from my article about Lucerne (click here to read).

Distance of Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Distance of the Cities in the Swiss Alps to Lauterbrunnen

Here is the table showing the travel distance from Lauterbrunnen and the cities in the Swiss Alps. This table should give you an idea of the possible destinations you can visit before or after visiting Lauterbrunnen. The data below will hint at budgeting your time and money for an extended stay in the Swiss Alps.

Public transportation: How far is Lauterbrunnen from the cities in the Swiss Alps?

City Commute Difficulty
(Max Transfer)
Commute Difficulty
(Min Transfers)
Travel Time
(Maximum)
Travel Time
(Minimum)
Montreux 4 train rides +
1 bus ride
4 train rides 4h 5m 2h 42m
Sion 4 train rides 4 train rides 3h 26m 1h 57m
Brig 3 train rides +
1 bus ride
3 train rides 3h 19m 1h 37m
Thun 2 train rides +
1 bus ride
2 train rides 1h 31m 1h
Lucerne 3 train rides +
1 bus ride
2 train rides 4h 20m 2h 19m
Commuting to or from Lauterbrunnen and the cities in the Swiss Alps

Private Vehicle: How far is Lauterbrunnen from the cities in the Swiss Alps?

City Distance from Lauterbrunnen in Kilometers (Miles) Travel Time
Montreux 157 kilometers (97 miles) 1h 51m
Sion 115 kilometers (71 miles) 2h 13m
Brig 102 kilometers (63 miles) 2h 5m
Thun 40 kilometers (25 miles) 39m
Lucerne 78 kilometers (48 miles) 1h 24m
Driving to or from Lauterbrunnen and the cities in the Swiss Alps

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Visiting other villages in Lauterbrunnen

The village of Lauterbrunnen isn’t the only village that you can explore in Lauterbrunnen (municipality). There are six hamlets/villages here, and four of them give the best scenery and experiences you can ever have in the Swiss Alps. They are:

  1. Lauterbrunnen
  2. Wengen
  3. Murren
  4. Gimmelwald

Among these four villages, only Lauterbrunnen is accessible by car. It will be parked there for your entire visit in Lauterbrunnen unless you want to bring it to Isenfluh, a hamlet connected to Lauterbrunnen by road. You could either hike or use public transportation (funicular trains, cable cars, buses) to get from one village to another. 

In this section, I share how much time and effort you will need to reach one village from another. Of course, each village will also be introduced briefly. These towns are four of the most beautiful towns in the Swiss Alps. From the previous link, you can learn more about Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, Murren, Wengen, and the other 11 towns.

Note: The trains servicing Lauterbrunnen and Wengen and bus #141 run at an interval of 30 minutes. Additionally, the train that connects Grütschalp and Murren has 15-minute interval departure times.

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Lauterbrunnen Village

Lauterbrunnen is the village where the trains from Interlaken will bring you. It is known for its spectacular village landscape blessed by the graceful Staubbach falls, located south.

There’s nothing much to do in Lauterbrunnen village. Maybe just drop by the tourism center, wander around, and see the most picturesque spot… and you’re up to go to other parts of Lauterbrunnen.

In my article about 10 reasons why visit Lauterbrunnen, you’ll see the exact location of the most beautiful spot in Lauterbrunnen. There you can have your photo souvenir taken.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Going to other villages from Lauterbrunnen

Murren, Gimmelwald, and Wengen are the gateway to more jaw-dropping views and exciting destinations in the Jungfrau Region. Below is the summary of the time and effort on how you can go to Murren, Gimmelwald, and Wengen from Lauterbrunnen

Route Steps Travel Time
Lauterbrunnen to Wengen 1. Take the inclined train ride from Lauterbrunnen station to Wengen 11m
Lauterbrunnen to Gimmelwald 1. From Lauterbrunnen, ride on bus 141 to Stechelberg.
2. From Stechelberg, hop on the cable car going to Gimmelwald.
25m
Lauterbrunnen to Murren
(via Gimmelwald)
1. From Lauterbrunnen, ride on bus 141 to Stechelberg.
2. From Stechelberg, hop on the cable car straight to Murren, passing Gimmelwald.
31m
Lauterbrunnen to Murren
(via Grütschalp)
1. From Lauterbrunnen, hop on the cable car going to Grütschalp.
2. From Grütschalp, ride on the train going to Murren.
20m
Lauterbrunnen to other villages (public transportation)

You can click the routes to see the path in Google Maps.

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Wengen Village

Wengen is the village overlooking Lauterbrunnen town in the valley from the north and the starting point for visiting the east mountains of Lauterbrunnen like Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. More travelers love staying in Wengen than Lauterbrunnen because of the better views and broader range of hotels and shops.

In Wengen, you have immediate access to cable cars and trains leading you to:

  1. Männlichen – 360 views of Lauterbrunnen with sights reaching the far end of Lauterbrunnen valley, Grindelwald to the east, and Thun to the north.
  2. Kleine Scheidegg – the train station to Jungfraujoch, has one of the best views of Eiger’s north face.
Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Going to other villages from Wengen

Lauterbrunnen has other epic adventures and awe-inspiring views on the other side of the valley (west). If you are coming from Wengen to visit these villages/scenic spots, here are the steps you’ll be taking:

Route Steps Travel Time
Wengen to Lauterbrunnen 1. Take the inclined train ride from Wengen station to Lauterbrunnen 13m
Wengen to Gimmelwald 1. Take the inclined train ride from Wengen station to Lauterbrunnen.
2. From Lauterbrunnen, ride on bus 141 to Stechelberg.
3. From Stechelberg, hop on the cable car going to Gimmelwald.
46m
Wengen to Murren
(via Gimmelwald)
1. Take the inclined train ride from Wengen station to Lauterbrunnen.
2. From Lauterbrunnen, ride on bus 141 to Stechelberg.
3. From Stechelberg, hop on the cable car straight to Murren, passing Gimmelwald.
1h 2m
Wengen to Murren
(via Grütschalp)
1. Take the inclined train ride from Wengen station to Lauterbrunnen.
2. From Lauterbrunnen, hop on the cable car going to Grütschalp.
3. From Grütschalp, ride on the train going to Murren.
38m
Wengen to other villages (public transportation)

You can click the routes to see the path in Google Maps.

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Murren Village

Murren is the village in Lauterbrunnen located on a clifftop balcony facing Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Situated at an elevation of 1638 meters (5374 feet), Murren is considered the highest village in Lauterbrunnen. 

The village of Murren is the gateway to the epic views of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in:

  1. Birg – One of the peaks in the western mountains of Lauterbrunnen, with dining options and a viewing platform. It has decks with glass floors and bridges made of steel mesh.
  2. Schilthorn is another peak in the mountains west of Lauterbrunnen, with a revolving restaurant on top. 
Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Going to other villages from Murren

Here are the routes and travel time you need to consider if you’re going to other villages from Murren to get more mountain goodness experience:

Route Steps Travel Time
Murren to Gimmelwald
(cable car)
1. Hop on the cable car at the station going to Gimmelwald 4m
Murren to Gimmelwald
(hiking – downslope)
1. Walk south of Murren to Murrenbach River
2. Follow the Lussi trail going south and hike for 2.4 km
32m
Murren to Lauterbrunnen
(via Gimmelwald)
1. Go to the south of Murren where the cable car station is
2. Hop on a cable car heading to Stechelberg, passing Gimmelwald
3. In Stechelberg, ride bus #141 from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen
30m
Murren to Lauterbrunnen
(via Grütschalp)
1. Go to the north of Murren where the train station is
2. Ride on a train heading to Grütschalp
3. From Grütschalp, hop on the cable car going down to Lauterbrunnen
19m
Murren to Wengen
(via Gimmelwald)
1. Go to the south of Murren where the cable car station is
2. Hop on a cable car heading to Stechelberg, passing Gimmelwald
3. In Stechelberg, ride bus #141 from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen
4. In Lauterbrunnen, get the train ride going to Wengen
46m
Murren to Wengen
(via Grütschalp)
1. Go to the north of Murren where the train station is
2. Ride on a train heading to Grütschalp
3. From Grütschalp, hop on the cable car going down to Lauterbrunnen
4. In Lauterbrunnen, get the train ride going to Wengen
43m
Murren to other villages

You can click the routes to see the path in Google Maps.

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Gimmelwald Village

Gimmelwald is the southernmost village in Lauterbrunnen, where most people start hiking for the views of Tanzbödeli. It is the smallest yet the most idyllic village compared to Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, and Murren. It is the village to visit if you want to have a peaceful time and enjoy Lauterbrunnen without the crowd.

Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Going to other villages from Gimmelwald

If you are now in Gimmelwald eyeing to visit other attractions in Lauterbrunnen, here are the steps and travel time you must consider:

Route Steps Travel Time
Gimmelwald to Murren
(Cable car)
1. Hop of a cable car going to Murren 5m
Gimmelwald o Murren
(Hike – upslope)
1. Proceed to the northern portion of Gimmelwald
2. Hike along the Lussi Trail, 2.4 kilometers in length
44m
Gimmelwald to Lauterbrunnen 1. Hop on a cable car going down to Stechelberg
2. In Stechelberg, ride bus #141 heading to Lauterbrunnen
25m
Gimmelwald to Wengen 1. Hop on a cable car going down to Stechelberg
2. In Stechelberg, ride bus #141 heading to Lauterbrunnen
3. At Lauterbrunnen’s train station, ride the train up to Wengen
41m
Gimmelwald to other villages

You can click the routes to see the path in Google Maps.

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Time Needed For Each Attraction in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen has awe-inspiring views, epic hikes, and, most importantly, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are only available here. In this section, you will know how much time you need allot in going to and visiting these attractions:

  1. Jungfraujoch Top of Europe (Alpine Sensation, Sphinx Observation, Ice Palace, and The Plateau)
  2. Mannlichen (Royal Walk, Sightseeing + hiking)
  3. Trümmelbach Falls
  4. Thrill Walk, Birg
  5. Schilthorn, Piz Gloria

The time estimates are based on TripAdvisor and Google Maps’ review section and different tour packages offered in Klook/GetYourGuide. However, the data you’ll find below are just suggestions, and it will still be up to you if you want to spend more time on each attraction. 

Attractions in Lauterbrunnen Suggested length of visit Travel Time (one way) Nearest Village
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe 3 to 5 h 1h 25m (train) Wengen
Mannlichen 2 to 4 h 24m (cable car + hike) Wengen
Trümmelbach Falls 1 to 2 h 8m (bus) Lauterbrunnen
Thrill Walk, Birg 1 to 1.5 h (with dining) 10m (cable car) Murren
Schilthorn, Piz Gloria 1 to 1.5 h (with dining) 17m (cable car) Murren
Lauterbrunnen Attractions: Time To Spend

Hiking is a must in Lauterbrunnen, especially during summer. In my article about Lauterbrunnen, I mentioned 4 stunning hiking trails you should see! Each hiking trail has time estimates that you can use to make your itinerary.

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How long to stay in Lauterbrunnen?

A day trip to Lauterbrunnen is possible, but it is recommended to stay in Lauterbrunnen for 2 to 3 days, mainly if you want to have more than one once-in-a-lifetime experience. Jungfraujoch would take up almost a day; Mannlichen and other scenic hikes and visiting the idyllic villages could again require you to stay for another day. 

However, the recommended length of stay in Lauterbrunnen could change depending on the season. During winter, you might not want to hike. The months when the attractions are open/closed could be a factor too.

Lauterbrunnen is only one part of Switzerland where you can find the most beautiful villages in the Swiss Alps. You might also want to discover Interlaken, Grindelwald, Kandersteg, and Gruyeres.

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Resources

All data in the tables I shared with you are available and can be verified in Google Maps’ Schedule Explorer, which you can find when you search for directions. I used it so you can easily verify the data I’ve shown. I put links to Google Maps for each route in the tables to serve as your reference. See how you can access Schedule Explorer from the screenshot below:

Google Schedule Explorer
Google Schedule Explorer

To ensure that Google Maps is reliable in planning commute trips in Switzerland, I compared Google Map’s Schedule Explorer data to the SBB timetables. You can create your own personal pocket timetable on SBB’s website.

SBB vs Google Schedule Explorer
SBB vs. Google Schedule Explorer – Matching schedules

As you can see in the image above, Google Maps is pretty accurate in giving commute directions for every hour of the day. Though not all routes are shown, it is enough at least to provide quick, accurate suggestions/approximations for commute difficulty and travel time for a day.

You must know that Google Maps isn’t very good at giving commute directions between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. However, I don’t recognize it as a big deal for the data I showed above. Most probably, we are in our hotels and perhaps resting during those times. See the image below:

SBB vs Google Schedule Explorer - Missing schedules
SBB vs. Google Schedule Explorer – Missing schedules

I’ve always referred to SBB timetables to double-check the information from Google Maps. Rest assured that these data are accurate approximations. Ultimately, these data are only estimations in an ideal scenario. You should still consider several factors like traffic conditions, weather and so on.

That would be all! I hope this helps.

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