The Ultimate Guide to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe was high on my Switzerland bucket list. Why?
For starters, it’s the highest train station in Europe (3,454 meters). Second of all, the views on the way to Jungfraujoch and from the top are spectacular. And last but not least, you get to walk inside a glacier and visit an ice palace. I am sold!
The Jungfraujoch experience begins from the minute you step into the cogwheel train and begin the ascent of 3,000 meters. The views from the train are nothing short of breathtaking, and there are fun activities at the Top of Europe for both singles, families and kids.
Are you visiting Jungfraujoch and need some help with planning? In this post I’ll share everything you need to know.
Let’s dig in.
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What is Jungfraujoch- Top of Europe
Jungfraujoch is a col and a glacial pass between the Jungfrau mountain and the Mönch mountain. Jungfraujoch is also known as “Top of Europe”, because it’s the highest train station in Europe at 3,454 meters.
Book your tickets
When you book your Jungfraujoch tickets online, I personally recommend Get Your Guide. They’re the cheapest option and you get the best deal!
Where is Jungfraujoch
Jungfraujoch is situated in the Swiss Alps between the Jungfrau and Mönch mountains, in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.
It’s located about midway between the towns of Interlaken and Grindelwald and you can get there with a scenic train ride from either of these towns.
Best time to visit Jungfraujoch (weather)
⛰️ May to September is the best time to visit Jungfraujoch
You probably want to know how the weather is at the top, right? Will it be sunny? What should you bring? When is the best time to visit?
Well, I can give you a pretty good idea of when to visit. But unfortunately, no one can predict the weather – especially in the mountains. It can be clear skies and sunshine in the morning and shift to a raging snow storm in the afternoon.
These are the cards we’re dealt, guys. We don’t have to like them, but we can plan around them.
As for the best time to visit Jungfraujoch… You’ve got the best chance of great weather if you visit Jungfraujoch from May to September. These are also the busiest months, so remember to book your ticket in advance. More on that below.
How to prepare
- Best time to visit:
May – September
Varies from 0-24 degrees C
- Check the weather forecast before booking your tickets. You can also follow the 360° Jungfraujoch webcam, which is live and broadcasts 24/7.
If there’s a snowstorm…
When I visited, it was not the best of weather. Ok, that’s an understatement. There was a snowstorm!
All white outside and the wind was howling like a wolf. As I reached for the door and slowly opened it, the storm ripped it open. I clinged to the handle and peeked outside while squinting my eyes. It was all white and the snow blindness hit me like a punch to the face.
I might get dramatic on you for a second here, but I was squealing like a scared little girl on the inside. Terrified that the wind would blow me off the mountain or that I couldn’t find my way back. I couldn’t see 2 meters ahead.
Even though it was a whiteout at the top of Jungfraujoch, I had a super fun time with the selfie-project, trying not to blow off the mountain. So, long story short: don’t worry if the weather is bad when you get there. There’s lots to see inside, and if you stay a few hours it might clear up!
What to wear at Jungfraujoch
Since the weather is unpredictable, you need to prepare for more or less anything. You can leave the shorts at home, but I would definitely wear a T-shirt underneath or just bring it in my bag.
It can get quite warm at the top once the sun is out. Also, you should bring snacks and water. Although you can buy it at the restaurant, the prices are sky-high.
Jungfraujoch packing list:
- Winter jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Warm pants (like ski pants)
- Waterproof boots
- Extra pair of socks (especially if you’re hiking)
- Sunglasses (they’re a must to avoid snow blindness)
- Lip balm
Dress in layers. The temperature will change as you ascend the mountain. It will be warmer in the valleys, but it gradually gets colder the higher you go. Temperature will be around 0° degrees at the top, depending on which season you visit, but there is always snow at the top.
I visited in May and it was -5° degrees and VERY cold, but it can also be warm and sunny at the top (T-shirt appropriate). So dress in light layers and check the weather forecast before you go.
How long to spend at Jungfraujoch
I get a lot of questions about how long to spend in Jungfraujoch, and my answer is – it depends.
If it’s decent weather (anything but snowstorm), you’d probably want to spend some time outside. If it’s not good, you’ll spend less time up there obviously. I’d say 3-5 hours is a good bet.
What to do at Jungfraujoch (fun activitites)
No matter if you’re blessed with sunshine or a snow storm at the top, you’ll find a lot of activities. Besides the inside activities at the Top of Europe, you’ll also find restrooms and a restaurant.
- Snow tubing
- Sledging in the Snow Fun Park
- Skiing in the Snow Fun Park
- Snowboarding in the Snow Fun Park
- Hiking across the glacier to the Mönchsjoch hut (it takes 1 hour)
- Get a panoramic view from the Sphinx observatory
- Snowball fight (all year round)
- The Ice Palace
- Alpine Sensation (a moving walkway with photos and videos)
- Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven
- Restaurants (they have food and hot cocoa)
Jungfraujoch Ice Palace
The Ice Palace was my favourite inside activity!
Everything is made of ice, even the floor, which was a little slippery for my clumsy feet.
It was cold, around 0° degrees so I was glad I’d brought my winter jacket. Inside the palace there are small halls and super narrow hallways with ice sculptures of penguins, animals, furniture and people. It’s super cool.
The ice palace itself was the most fun experience I had at Jungfraujoch (aside from being outside).
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The Alpine Sensation is an exhibition that includes a 250-metre-long hall and a 360-degree audiovisual panorama.
Both are filled with Panasonic projectors. The 250 metre long corridor between the Sphinx Hall and Ice Palace is a memorial to the miners who opened up the Jungfraujoch to the railway. On the corridor walls, you can read about the sacrifices they made.
The panorama shows you a 360° view of the surrounding area. Here, you can see the beautiful mountain tops and the whole area even if you visit on a cloudy or snowy day.
The alpine sensation just opened in 2012 to mark the centenary of the Jungfrau Railway.
Getting from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch
You can start your trip to Jungfraujoch from these stations: Grindelwald, Interlaken, Kleine Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Wilderswil, Zweilütschinen and Mürren.
Whichever route you take, you will always go through either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg, which is the last stop before Jungfraujoch.
From Interlaken, you have two options:
- Via Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg
- Via Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg
My advice? Take one route on your way up, and the other on the way down.
The train ride – step by step
Let’s say your trip begins in Interlaken. You’ll board the train to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald where you’ll change to a cogwheel train that takes you the rest of the way. There’s a stop at Kleine Scheidegg where the Alpine views are amazing.
The Jungfrau train then enters a long tunnel through the mountains. It stops twice on the way up the tunnel – once at Eigerwand (2685 m) and then at Eismeer (3010m) where everyone gets out to take photos through picture windows. You can also use the restroom here (there’s no restroom in the train).
The tunnel trip lasts about 45 minutes and the ascend is very steep. At some points, the train is at a 25 degree angle, which is a lot. You need to sit down for this – literally.
And then you’re done. You’ll arrive at Jungfraujoch (still inside the mountain), and you just walk over to the entrance. There’s a screen where you can see the departures. You can just catch the train down the mountain whenever you like.
Jungfraujoch tickets and price
Price: US $239 for a return ticket. Make sure to book in advance!
I won’t sugarcoat it – visiting Jungfraujoch is expensive. But then again, it’s one of those experiences that are so unique, and most of the activities at the top are included in the price. I went on my own without a guide.
Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to book a guide, especially when tickets are already on the expensive side. There’s a lot of info in the Alpine Sensation, and as I said, it’s easy to get around on your own.
You have three ways of getting your tickets:
- You can book online through Jungfrau Railways
- Get it directly at the Jungfrau train station (I don’t recommend this – tickets might be sold out)
- Book through GetYourGuide (slightly cheaper – save around $30)
Is Jungfraujoch worth the money?
I can only speak for myself, but YES. Yes, it’s definitely worth it. This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences, and it’s super fun – also for kids! If you can afford it, Jungfraujoch is absolutely worth the money.
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A special thanks to Jungfrau Railways for hosting my trip to Jungfraujoch. Whenever I travel, there will always be full disclosure about whether my stay was sponsored. And even if I’m on a press trip, my view will never be swayed one way or the other.
Why is Jungfraujoch so famous?
Jungfraujoch is famous for several reasons. It’s the highest railway station in Europe, located at an elevation of 3,454 meters (11,332 feet) above sea level.
The journey to Jungfraujoch is also a scenic one, passing through the beautiful Swiss Alps where you’ll get breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
Jungfraujoch is also home to several attractions, including the Ice Palace, the Sphinx Observatory, and the Alpine Sensation, which is an audio-visual experience that showcases the history and culture of the region.
How long does the train ride take to Jungfraujoch?
It takes 2 hours and 17 minutes to get from Interlaken Ost to Jungfraujoch.
There are two train changes – one in Lauterbrunnen and one in Kleine Scheidegg. You’ll have 10 minutes at each stop and it’s more than enough time to change trains. There are lots of other people going the same way so just follow the crowd.
Do I need to book tickets in advance?
Yes! You need to book tickets and seats in advance, particularly in the summer period (May to August).
When is the best time to visit Jungfraujoch?
Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. There’s a new train arriving every 30 minute so the crowds arrive fast. The best months to visit are May-September.
In which side of the Jungfraujoch train should I sit?
Sit on the right side of the train when you go up. You’ll get the best views from this side.
Are there bathrooms on the train to Jungfraujoch?
Bathrooms are not available on the Jungfrau train, but in addition to the two train changes, there are two stops on the way up through the mountain (for 5-7 minutes) where you can use the restroom.
How often does the train go to Jungfraujoch?
Train schedules are visible on screens at Jungfraujoch, and the train departure is announced through speakers so it’s very straightforward. There’s a train every 30 minute.
Why is Jungfraujoch so expensive?
There are two main reasons why Jungfraujoch tickets are pricey:
- Firstly, the maintenance costs are extremely high due to its status as the highest train station in Europe. The railway and buildings require a great deal of upkeep and security efforts.
- Secondly, the capacity management is another reason for the high price. If it was cheaper, more people would want to visit Jungfraujoch, and the railway is already at full capacity.
Why is it called Top of Europe?
Jungfraujoch is known as the “Top of Europe” because it’s the highest railway station in Europe, standing at an altitude of 3,454 meters above sea level.
The title of “Top of Europe” has made Jungfraujoch a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to witness the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps from the actual top.
How much time do you need for Top of Europe?
If you plan to visit Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, I recommend spending 6-8 hours.
The journey to the top via the scenic train ride from Interlaken or Grindelwald is an experience in itself, and it will take a few hours to reach Jungfraujoch.
Once you reach the summit, you can expect to spend around 2 to 3 hours exploring the attractions, taking in the panoramic views, and experiencing the various inside and outside activities.
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So you’re in a tunnel for 45 minutes straight?! I might be a bit claustrophobic in there. How do you get out of it in an emergency? Hard to believe that was May, it looks so cold!!
Right 🙂 But it actually doesn’t feel like 45 minutes. There’s a pathway on each side of the train tracks so it’s not as claustrophobic as it sounds – just very dark.
We are just returning from a caravan trip to Lauterbrunnen. Loved reading your blogs. We didn’t do the chocolate making though. Maybe next time! Good tip about sunglasses on Jungfraujoch as my husband didn’t have any and couldn’t see. Also I wore my heavy winter coat which was too heavy and warm at the top. It was a lovely sunny day when we went up and was so hot on top in the snow. Lots of people were in shorts and sleeveless tops, so light layers is the best advice.
Thank you so much, Rosemary. I’m glad to hear you had a great trip! And thanks for the tip on wearing light layers – I’ll add that to my article right away 🙂
Cool. My husband told me to bring my warmest coat. I had to carry it round with me for the latter half of day in Grindelwald which was annoying. I should have stuck to t shirt, warm fleece and waterproof jacket which fit in a rucksack. With his snow blindness and my big coat and sore feet from previous days hike, neither of us wanted to walk up the snowy path on Jungfraujoch where the snow fun is.
Also top tip to check out view from the top on Web cam on http://www.jungfraujoch.ch which also shows Grindelwald first and another summit whose name escapes me. We wasted a lot of money going up the Schilthorn. Our jungfraujoch train passes covered part of the way and the final stretch you have to pay extra.
There is a TV screen on the level where you buy your final ticket which you can check BEFORE purchasing ticket and shows a Web cam view of what the weather looks like. Wish we knew this before we bought our ticket as when we got up there the mist had descended and we couldn’t see anything and you can only use ticket once.
Great advice! The webcams are definitely worth checking out when you’re going to Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch. The tickets are expensive enough and the weather is so changeable so preparation is paramount.
I’m an American expat living in Switzerland and I’ve spent a lot of time in Lauterbrunnen/Jungfrau. You have perfectly captured what makes it so magical and why I’ll never get sick of going back!!
Thank you so much. What a lovely compliment!
Hi Miriam! I wanne be you! HAHA! Love your blog! And I am glad I reached this page! I need help. I am joining this tour with Expat Explore and we have one free day in the Swiss Alps on 20th of September 2016. I am so torn between going to the Jungfraujoch vs skydiving over snow-covered mountains (my ultimate dream!). I am wondering if you know how possible I can hit two birds with one stone. Any advice?
I am aiming to do the skydiving first which is at 8am and could last up to 3 hours. So probably after 11am, I can try to catch the train to Jungfraujoch (this time it will be more expensive compared to the good morning ticket </3). Also, I read your blog about Grindelwald. You think it's the next best thing to Jungfraujoch? Just in case I need an alternative. Or do you strongly suggest I do Jungfraujoch?
Hoping for your response!! 🙂
Thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂
I would say it’s possible to do both. I think the last train leaves Jungfraujoch at 6.30 in the evening (but check this!) so if you catch a train right after your skydive, you should be able to do both. If you decide not to visit Jungfraujoch, I highly recommend Lauterbrunnen. Grindelwald is nice too, but Lauterbrunnen is special with all its waterwalls (72 in total).
Happy skydiving 😉
Hey Miriam! Wow, the photos from Jungfraujoch and Kleine Scheidegg are really nice!
Can I just check with you, as I will be staying over at Lauterbrunnen and will be exploring Jungfraujoch, you mentioned that there are train stops at Kleine Scheidegg, are our train tickets valid for the alighting of train and boarding the next one? As I would like explore abit of Kleine Scheidegg. Also, does the train only stop at Kleine Scheidegg? What about maybe Wengen?
Do you spend quite a bit of time at Jungfraujoch? As I am actually projecting about 6 hours at the top… It sounds a bit too much right? Haha, so I actually told of exploring Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg a little.
Yes, you can get off at Kleine Scheidegg and take the next train. I’m not sure exactly how long the ticket is valid, but I know that you can get off and take a later train, because that’s what I did 🙂
From Jungfraujoch, there are two routes down – one is through Lauterbrunnen and the other through Grindelwald. I seem to remember that the route to Lauterbrunnen stops in Wengen, but you better check at the train station.
If the weather is good and sky is clear, you can easily spend 5-6 hours at the top (4-5 is probably more realistic). There are lots of things to do, but in the end it all comes down to the weather.
Have fun! And remember the sun classes!
Thank you so much for your info. Love it 🙂
I will be going there in early April.
Is it more advisable to get a ticket on top or should I pre buy them?
Will the tickets ever run out at the counter?
Hi Michelle, I would pre-buy the tickets. In high season, they’re in high demand and tickets do run out. Although you’re visiting in shoulder season, I would still advice you to get them in advance.
Have fun 🙂
We have booked trip in May, 3 days in Montreux and 3 days in Grindelwald , I have old parents with me
Any suggestions on things to see
I don’t know about Montreux, but in Grindelwald you can go to First for the views or to the nearby villages like Lauterbrunnen and Wengen. I wrote a post about Grindelwald, which granted is about activities, but maybe you can find some inspiration: https://adventurousmiriam.com/things-to-do-in-grindelwald/
Thank you for such wonderful blog.
I am from india and will be travelling in mid June with my husband and a 2 year baby.Will this journey will be comfortable for my baby, Is it too dark in the train and do we have motion sickness since it’s so steep.
Can you explain a bit more about the tickets? I am confused looking at all of the info on the various websites. Is it $204 USD for the entire train ride or just the leg from Lauterbrunnen to the top? I am staying in Interlaken so I would need to take the train from Interlaken West to Lauterbrunnen first…which would be another $10 each way?
These are beautiful pictures btw – you’ve made me even more excited for our upcoming trip!!!
Thanks so much!
It costs around $212 US for a return ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch. So you’ll need to purchase a return ticket from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen also (I don’t know the price). If you go from May to August, I recommend you book a seat, just to be sure there’s one available.
Have a great trip. Jungfraujoch is beautiful!
Great article with all the details .Am visiting Jungfrau in the first week of June and would like to know if it would be ok to wear a knee length boot to the top .
Thanks, Shaila! Sure you can wear a long boot to the top, but I would probably bring a pair of sneakers, too. There’s no knowing how the weather will be, and chances are that you’ll have both snow and sunshine (and possibly warm temperatures).
Totally using your blog as our guideline for our trip up the mountain so thank you! I was just wonder how far in advance you think we need to get our tickets. We will be in Interlaken June 26th-28th and I’m not sure if I should buy the tickets now, a week before, or a couple of days before. I want to try and ensure the best weather we can but also don’t want to not be able to go at all. :o) Any advice you might have would be awesome. Thanks!
Thanks so much, Sarah!
Well, I would buy the tickets now. I get that you want to wait as long as possible to ensure the best weather, but the weather can change from day to day. Worst case is that you wait too long and tickets are sold out. You always take a chance when it concerns the weather, but remember – it might be snowy and overcast in the morning and then suddenly change to sunshine after an hour.
Hi Miriam, I read your blog on Jungfrau and was very helpful.. .. I just have one question the 204 CHF includes the indoor and outdoor activities? If not what all is activities are included. I will be leaving for Europe on 26th June and will be in Bern Switzerland from 2nd July to 6th July along with 8 friends of mine. We haven’t taken anypass. We plan to do Jungfrau on our own.
Thanks for stopping by. The 204 CHF include the indoor activities, but I’m not sure about the outdoors. You can ask the Jungfrau Railways or at the train station, they should know 🙂
Have a great trip!
Hi Miriam, amazing photos as always 🙂 I’ll be going to Interlaken on 10th September for 3 days before heading to Lucerne for 2 days. I plan to visit Jungfraujoch via Lauterbrunnen on the 11th. Do you know how the weather is like around that time? Should I be wearing winter clothes with a winter jacket?
Thank you so much, Priscilla 🙂 For Jungfraujoch definitely bring a winter jacket since there’s always snow at the top and it might even be snowing or storming. I would also bring gloves and a scarf. The trick is to dress in layers so wear a t-shirt underneath in case it’s sunny. I think September is a great month to visit – I hope the sky will be clear.
Hi Priscilla, I am going this september in a few days – I am wondering how was the weather and crowd for your experience?
Hii I’m sadaf from India. ..planning to go to this place in December for my honeymoon…what would you advice me for this winter months…
Hi Sadaf, could you specify what you need advice on specifically? That way I can better help.
planning a trip in august.your crisp pointwise tips & description are so noteworthy.
Thank you so much, I’m really glad to hear that! Have an amazing trip to Jungfraujoch in August.
Great post. I’m going to Jungfraujoch in June. A few questions. Can I use my Eurail pass to get all the way up. Or is there tickets I need to buy in Interlocken? We don’t get into Interlocken till noon but only had one day to get all the way up there. Any suggestions?
Unfortunately, you can’t. You have to buy a separate ticket for Jungfraujoch and it’s quite pricey (although worth it). You can buy it online: https://www.jungfrau.ch/shop/en/tickets/bergbahn/angebote/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe/jungfraujoch-rundfahrt
That’s a wonderful blog. I felt I just traveled with you and saw the place myself! I am planning for my trip to Switzerland next year and I was looking for some details and your blog is just so informational! Thank you, keep blogging 🙂
I’m so glad to hear that, Priya! Have a wonderful trip to Switzerland 🙂
We are planning our trip to Switzerland next year and one of our must do things is the Jungfraujoch. You said about your retunr to Interlaken… “After exploring everything Jungfraujoch had to offer, I began my descend back to Interlaken. I had the choice to either go via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. Since I had already been to the latter the day before and I really wanted to see more of Lauterbrunnen, I took the train there.”
2 questions… Do you have to have a ticket for one of those specific destinations? Where / When on the journey do you have to decide? Can you get off at Lauterbrunnen and get back on the train whenever? Do you by tickets for each leg? We were thinking of getting off and maybe doing a bit of hiking and then getting back on. how would that work?
Hi Patrick, the only specific destinations on your ticket is the start and end station (Interlaken and Jungfraujoch). On the way up, you have to choose the route from the start – in Interlaken (it’s been a few years for me, but I’m pretty sure this is correct). On the way down, you shift trains in Kleine Scheidegg, and this is where you choose.
Depending on the season, there are regular trains, like every 30-60 minutes, so you just hop on the train you want. That also goes for Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. You can just get off and then get back on after you’re done hiking.
I hope this helps.
Have a great trip!
Hi, I need a help to decide either to stay in Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald; we’ll be going to Switz for our family holidays, 6 adults, with kids ( 6y, 5y, 2+, 1.7y & 6 month baby) in 2nd week of december. can we bring the children up to jungfraujoch? what other activites can we do for the kids as we’re only going to be there for 4 full days only. we are from malaysia by the way. Thanks!
Personally I liked Lauterbrunnen more, but that’s just a matter of taste. I’m a sucker for waterfalls.
Sure you can bring the children to Jungfraujoch. And there are fun things to do both in Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. You can go to Grindelwald First, do some skiing (kids 2+ years), build snowmen, go sledging, visit the nearby villages. It should be great fun.
Hi miriam! Loved reading your blog May i know which place i better to stay overnight for the Jungfraujoch day trip? Bern? Or lake interlaken? Or elsewhere ? Thanks!
Hi Jo, the easiest and best place would be Lauterbrunnen, which is also the most beautiful place in Switzerland. From there you can take the train up to Jungfraujoch.
Hi Miriam, Loved reading your blog about top of the Europe, jI am wondering if I can I travel with my kids ages 5 & almost 2 y/o in March? Please advice.
Yes, absolutely! Your kids will love it at the top. Just make sure to pack appropriately – it’s cold up there.
Hi Miriam, Love from india ☺
Im planning Jungfrau on my own in June with my 65 yr young mum. Have a few queries if ur kind to help.
1) Any swiss discount/ saver passes for tourists u recommend for all public travels (incl Jungfrau & titlis) for 4 days. Please do share links if u have
2) Which is a good base location for Jungfrau – zurich/lucerne/ interlaken
3) Hope therea not much of walking as my mum hates much of that
4) Is it more cheaper & convenient to book group day trips on websites like tripadvisor viator etc or is it better to do stuff on your own..
Thats all!! Thanks in advance..
How nice 🙂
1) Sorry, I don’t know.
2) Interlaken is the best base for sure.
3) You won’t have to walk a lot.
4) It’s better to book on your own. I think it might be cheaper as well, and you don’t need a guide up there.
next time you have to do a helicopter flight to the Jungfraujoch 😉
I will! 🙂
Thanks so much for your informative blog, I’m getting so excited about our trip this summer. We will be staying in Wengen at the beginning of July. We are thinking that we want to go up to Jungfraujoch, can we get there from Wengen? You shared that seat reservations are a must, is that something we should buy now? Trying to be best prepared. Thanks so much for any advice.
Yes, I recommend that you book the tickets now. And you can take the train from Wengen 🙂
Have a wonderful trip!
Hi Miriam, Thanks for the post. Very helpful. THe Lucerne tourist office asked to book tickets after checking the weather one day in advance. But looks like i must book now for my mid July trip…Kindly suggest. Thanks…
Yeah, I wouldn’t do that. Definitely book them in advance in the height of summer!
I hope to go up there in next august so I am wondering if I’d have some problem by buying the ticket to Jungfraujoch at Interlaken West one day before? Because, I will buy the Regional Pass Oberland Berner so that I can catch a discount but if I buy the ticket in advance I think no discount could be used. What do you recommend me for buying it at interlaken stations and next day go up?
It really depends on if you like to gamble 🙂
August is high season so there’s a good chance tickets are sold out. If you ask me, I wouldn’t risk it. But if you feel okay with waiting, then go for it.
I am planning to go to Jungfrau between 31st july to 3rd Aug
So you think I should book tickets now or 1-2 days in advance can be alright
Hi Nisha, you should buy them now to be on the safe side.
Really a nice Blog 🙂 Helping us to plan our travel to Jungfrau.
I am planning to go to Jungfrau around 12/13 th October. Kindly guide me if I buy return ticket in advance from Interlaken Ost to Jungfrau, can I choose different routes as suggested by you? like while going up If I follow the route InterrlakenOst – Lauterbrunen- Klien Scheidegg- Jungfrau, and while coming back if I follow Jungfrau-Klien Scheidegg-Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost. Can I do that without purchasing any extra ticket? or i will need to specify my route when I book my train from Interlaken Ost? Kindly help.
Since you’re travelling in October, which is off-season and has more unpredictable weather, I would wait. Check the weather forecast before booking.
You get a ticket with a departure and end station, so how you get up there (via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald) is totally up to you. You don’t need to decide or tell anyone in advance. It’s an open ticket.
Have a great trip 🙂
I am planning to visit to Jungfraujoch this November. I will reach zermatt via geneva. As it will be weekend hotels are very expensive there so i am planning to leave for Interlaken or Grindelwald from there so that i can find an accommodation at a reasonable price there. However i will be having my entire laguage with me. Is there any place in zermatt where i can keep my laguage?
Hi Abhijeet, that’s a good questions. I don’t have the answer, but my best bet would be to email the Zermatt train station. Sometimes they have lockers where you can store your luggage.
Another – and easier solution – is that you bring your luggage with you to Grindelwald/ Interlaken (or where you decide to spend the night), and then leave your bags at the hotel, while you go to Jungfraujoch? That seems to be the easiest choice.
We’re planning on travelling to Jungfrau this December and your blog just basically handed over all of the questions I have! And great tip about taking different routes on the way up and back.
I have a question though about what train to take. I originally looked for train tickets at sbb.ch website and for you it’s from jungfrau.ch. sbb is waaay cheaper but I am keen to know if jungfrau.ch is just an express service or is it the only way up?
I’m glad to hear that.
That’s a very good question you’re asking. It’s the first I’m hearing of sbb.ch, and I just checked it out – you’re right, it’s way cheaper. Way I see it, jungfrau.ch owns the railway, whereas sbb.ch is more like a search machine, like Skyscanner for flights. If I were you, I would send sbb a message. If they don’t respond to emails, then try Facebook. Ask them what’s included in this price, and maybe also why they’re able to offer it so much cheaper. That’s what I would do.
All the best, and I/we would love to hear what you find out.
Have a great trip!
Iam Amit from India planning to visit switzerland in June.Kindly guide me for 8days stay at there moving with wife & 2kids
hii , nilpa here , from INDIA.
got helpul info from ur blog.Thanks.
i m visiting jongfrau in 2nd week of feb.
i wanted to know if boots and ski pants/dress or water resistant dresses are available on rent over there.
or i hv to purchase from here .
waiting for ur response.
Hi Nilpa, I don’t know if you can rent it on ground, but if you can, it’s going to be expensive. I recommend that you buy or rent it from home. That’s the cheapest.
Very informative article.Will be visiting Switzerland March 25- April 3. After 2 nights in Geneva we go to Bern for 3 nights- planning to see Zermatt, Bernese Oberland area and of course the city. Is it better to visit B.Oberland from here or from Lucerne. We like to take the train in between the cities.Also need help with the train usage , what pass to buy ,what site to buy ( on line or station)half fare tickets etc. From Bern, we go to Lucerne for 2 nights ( see city and Mt.Pilatus) then lastly to Zurich for 2 more nights then fly out from there back to the USA. With the high altitude in Jungfraujoch, is it advisable for us seniors..we are fit but just cautious. Your input to this itinerary is appreciated. Thanks.
Hi, Miriam, thank you so much for your informative article. We will be in Switzerland in October and would love to go up to the Jungfraujoch. My throat is already closing up, just thinking about that height and the tunnel. Any more tips on how to make it easier.?
It’s not bad, really. You won’t even think about it at the top. Everything is top notch, both the train ride and once you reach Jungfraujoch. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time.
We’ve just arrived in Grindelwald and I’ve done a fair bit of online research – but this blog is the only one time I’ve found almost everything I’ve been looking for – thanks!!! We’re looking forward to taking your advice!!
I’m so glad to hear that, Allan. Comments like yours is what makes this all worth it 🙂
Hi Miriam, I planned to go to Switzeland in Jun ’23 on Saturday. How earlier I need to buy the ticket for Jungfrau? Some suggested earlier. But, some suggested to check the weather before going up. Any suggestions? Thank you.
I am planning to visit Jungfrau in May (20 may,2023) & I sm staying in Grindelwald and i have 2 questions
1. If I book my train duration for 2.5 hours & going on top I decided to stay longer & catch later train, then is it doable?
2. I want to catch gondola or train from Grindelwald & return back to luaterbrunnen then can i do that or its not possible & I need to anyway return to Grindelwald?