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How to Visit Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe in Switzerland (+Insider Tips, Map & Ticket Info)

How to Visit Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe in Switzerland (+Insider Tips, Map & Ticket Info)

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe is one of the most iconic and most beautiful places in the Swiss Alps. But what exactly is there to see and do at Jungfraujoch and is it really worth the high price tag? Find out!

If you are traveling to Switzerland and wondering if Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe is worth a visit or you are looking for a Jungfraujoch tour and wondering what to expect, this article should answer all your questions.

In this guide, we share our experience with visiting Jungfraujoch Top of Europe, the best Jungfraujoch tours, and all the practical information you may want to know when planning a day trip to Jungfrau. We also included tips for cheaper tickets and the new fastest way to visit Jungfraujoch from Grindelwald. Find out!

Good to know: We have been to the Jungfrau Region multiple times, in summer and in winter. This article is based on our winter visit to Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe on one of the recent trips to the Jungfrau Region in winter. Since there’s always snow at Jungfraujoch, most of this information will apply to any visit and at any time of the year. In order to give you the most complete guide, we also included additional information in regard to summer-specific activities at Jungfraujoch. Read on!

Top of Europe, Jungfraujoch tour - unforgettable day trip in the Swiss Alps
 

With so many well-known mountain destinations in Switzerland, it might be difficult to choose where to go in the Swiss Alps. If you have time and money, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one place.

However, if you visit just one or two places in the Swiss mountains, then I really think that Jungfraujoch Top of Europe should be one of them. It will be the highlight of your trip to Switzerland. Find out!

What is Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch is a unique year-round mountain destination in Switzerland. It’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage site called Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.

Jungfraujoch also referred to as Top of Europe, is a place where the highest railway station in Europe (3,454 m) is located.

With an elevation of 3,466 m, this is the lowest pass between two four-thousander mountains – Jungfrau and Mönch. It is therefore called the Jungfrau saddle (literal translation of the word Jungfraujoch).

Some people also call Jungfraujoch the Top of the World in Switzerland. And when you stand there, high above the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps, it sure feels like you are at the top of the world!

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe - one of the best places to visit in the Swiss Alps
Inside the Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch
 

Jungfraujoch history

It’s hard to imagine that the idea to build a railway to a glacier at over 3,5km (over 11,600 ft) height dates from the 19th century. Even today, it would be a huge challenge!

A Swiss entrepreneur Adolf Guyer- Zeller came up with a crazy idea to build a tunnel and a railway line to the rocky summit of Sphinx (now an observation deck at Jungfraujoch). Construction started in 1896, took 16 years to complete, and due to various reasons stopped a bit lower. The man behind the project died before it was completed…

The Jungfrau railway line is a significant achievement and even now, more than 100 years later, it still holds the title of the highest railway station in Europe.

Jungfraujoch Alpine Sensation experience is not to be missed when visiting Top of Europe in Switzerland
Alpine Sensation experience at Jungfraujoch shows the history of this unique place
 

Where is Jungfraujoch, map & how to get there

It takes quite some time to reach Jungfraujoch. It’s a 2.5 hours train journey from Interlaken, 1.5 hours from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen, or 1 hour from Wengen.

The only way to get to Jungfraujoch is by train. The last place where you can leave your car is Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, from where you have to take a train to Kleine Scheidegg. You have to switch trains at Kleine Scheidegg, where you hop on the luxury Jungfraujoch Railway train for the last part of the journey.

You can visit Jungfraujoch on your own – just make sure to book a train ticket in advance, especially if visiting in the high season. Alternatively, you can join an organized excursion to Jungfrau from a variety of cities in Switzerland (see below).

Good to know: The Eiger Express tri-cable gondola from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station is the fastest way to get to Jungfraujoch. Once in Eiger, you have to take the train for the last section to Jungfraujoch. This journey takes less time but is also less scenis than the train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and from there to Jungfraujoch.

You can also opt to take the gondola up and the train back down via Kleine Scheidegg, so you can enjoy different scenery on your way up and down. Keep in mind that the gondola can get closed in case of very strong winds; for that, the train remains the best year-round option.

TIP: If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you can get a discount on Jungfraujoch tickets. Alternatively, for children from 6 and under 16, you can also get a Junior Travel Card at any major train station in Switzerland – it will save you a fortune when exploring the country.

Good to know: Because groups get big discounts, it might be cheaper to visit Jungfraujoch with a tour than on your own, especially if you are traveling here from one of the bigger cities and are not staying in the area. Here are the most popular options for organized Jungfraujoch tours:

For more helpful tips for your visit to Jungfraujoch, please check our practical information section at the end of the article.

Jungfrau Region map showing how to get to Jungfraujoch
Jungfrau region map. As you can see, you can only get to Jungfraujoch by train from Kleine Scheidegg (or Eiger Glacier). You can get to Kleine Scheidegg by train from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen or to Eiger Glacier by cable car from Grindelwald.
 

What to do at Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is so much more than the highest train station in Europe! In fact, it’s more than any other mountain destination we have visited so far. There is so much to see and do at Jungfraujoch that you can easily make a day trip of it, one of the best day trips in the Swiss Alps!

There is a wide range of activities at Jungfraujoch. Some activities like hiking or skiing and sledding at the Snow Fun park are seasonal (summer only), most others are available the whole year-round. Below is a short overview of everything that you can see and do at Jungfraujoch. Read on!

Things to do at Jungfraujoch:

1. Sphinx Observation Deck & Aletsch Glacier

The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory at Jungfraujoch, an international research station. Sphinx is one of the highest observatories in the world. It’s not accessible to the public, but you can visit the open viewing deck, called the Sphinx observation deck.

The view over the sea of snow of the Aletsch glacier from the Sphinx observatory is second to none. It is hard to imagine that this 22 km long glacier is almost a kilometer thick. Can you imagine that much ice?!

If you come here on a clear day (or if you find yourself above the clouds), seeing the Aletsch Glacier is one of the best experiences, a must do at Jungfraujoch.

To get to the Sphinx observation deck, you’ll need to take a really fast elevator. It ascends 108m in just 25 seconds.

Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observation Deck - view over Aletsch Glacier - Switzerland
Aletsch Glacier as seen from Sphinx observation deck

You wouldn’t believe it, but even at this height, there are some birds living at Jungfraujoch. Yes, even in winter when temperatures of -20°C (-4F) aren’t uncommon, you are likely to run into some birds here. Unbelievable!

Feeding birds at 3,5km height - Sphinx Terrace at Jungfraujoch in Switzerland
Birds at the Sphinx Terrace in winter
 

2. Ice Palace

If you want to get up close and personal with the glacier, then don’t miss the Ice Palace, probably the most impressive of all Jungfraujoch attractions.

Walking in an ice tunnel under a glacier is something that is always exciting. No matter how many times you’ve done it, it just takes your breath away.

Ice tunnel under the glacier at Jungfraujoch Ice Palace in Switzerland
Ice tunnel under the glacier at Jungfraujoch Ice Palace

There are all kinds of ice sculptures at the Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch. You never know what you’ll find, because they change exposition quite often. We saw eagles, bears, and the kids also found Scrat from Ice Age stuck inside the ice… They didn’t stop talking about it for days…

Scrat from Ice Age at the Jungfraujoch Ice Palace in Switzerland
Scrat – Ice Age squirrel at the Jungfraujoch Ice Palace
 

3. Alpine Sensation

Alpine Sensation is a 250m-long corridor that connects the Sphinx Hall with the Ice Palace. It’s a tribute to the miners who built the railway and the history of this unique place.

It’s a beautifully done, multimedia-staged trip back in time and a truly touching experience.

Our kids were fascinated by a giant snowball with a miniature world inside of it. They could have watched it for hours…

Alpine Sensation at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe - Switzerland
Alpine Sensation experience at Jungfraujoch
 

4. Jungfrau Panorama

Jungfrau Panorama film is a fascinating experience that shows you a 360° panorama of the surrounding area.

So even if you visit Jungfraujoch on a less beautiful day, when mountains are covered in clouds, this unique virtual experience lets you admire the magnificent panorama.

It takes just a few minutes and is included with any Jungfraujoch ticket.

Jungfrau Panorama 360° cinema experience at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
Jungfrau Panorama 360° cinema experience
 

5. Glacier Plateau

Glacier Plateau is an extremely popular photo stop at Jungfraujoch.

Not only do you have guaranteed snow and ice 365 days a year, but it also offers an amazing view over the nearby Jungfrau and Silberhorn mountain peaks.

Even if you visit Jungfraujoch in the summer, you’ll find snow here. So if you want to get outside and walk around on the snow, this is the place to be.

View over Jungfrau mountain from the Glacier Plateau at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe in Switzerland
View over Jungfrau Mountain from the Glacier Plateau
 

6. Snow Fun Park

Snow Fun Park at Jungfraujoch is only open outside the ski season (mid-May to mid-October). If you come to Jungfrau in winter, there are plenty of ski slopes and sledding runs in the area. But if you visit this beautiful region in summer, you can experience the snow at the Snow Fun Park at Jungfraujoch.

Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow tubing are available. More adventurous can also try the Flying Fox. Ziplining above the glacier – how (literally) cool is that?!

Keep in mind that Snow Park requires a separate ticket and – unlike most other experiences at Jungfraujoch – is not included with the railway ticket.

Single tickets are quite expensive, so I recommend getting a day ticket that includes all activities and the hire of the necessary equipment (more info here). Make sure to come early and you can spend the whole fun day at Jungfraujoch!

Winter toboggan in Switzerland
Snow tubing is always so much fun! PS This picture is not from Jungfraujoch. We visited Jungfrau in winter and Snow Fun Park is only open in summer.
 

7. Mönchsjochhütte

If you visit Jungfraujoch in summer, in addition to all of the above, you can also hike to Switzerland’s highest serviced mountain hut, Mönchsjochhütte (Mönchsjoch Hut). 

It is accessible from the Jungfraujoch on a marked footpath through the glacier and takes about 45 minutes one way.

Make sure you wear good hiking boots if you plan to go hiking here. Oh, and make sure to always stay on the marked paths. Wandering onto a glacier without an experienced local guide is very dangerous!

Usually, Mönchsjochhütte is open from +- mid-March to mid-October.

View over Aletsch Glacier from Jungfraujoch Sphinx observation platform, Switzerland
View over Aletsch Glacier from Sphinx observation platform
 

8. Lindt Swiss chocolate experience

You can’t visit any place in Switzerland and not try some Swiss chocolate. Jungfraujoch is no exception.

Lindt Chocolate Heaven is much more than just a chocolate shop. Combining the old-fashioned chocolate-making process with interactive displays, it’s a really fun place to see when visiting Top of Europe.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious Lindt chocolate – it melts in your mouth!

Lindt chocolate experience is just one of the many things to do at Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe
Lindt chocolate experience
 

9. Restaurants and shops

Since you will probably spend the whole day at Jungfraujoch, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of nice restaurants and shops on top. You can find everything from Swiss chocolate to traditional souvenirs, Swiss knives, and even clothes at one of the Jungfraujoch shops.

There is a self-service restaurant and also an a-la-carte restaurant with amazing glacier views. We had lunch at the Crystal Restaurant and found that the food was actually very reasonably priced for Swiss standards (and the portions were huge).

Dining high above the clouds and with a view like that is an unforgettable experience!

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe restaurant with views over Aletsch Glacier - Switzerland
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe restaurant with a view over Aletsch Glacier
 

How expensive are Jungfraujoch tickets?

Jungfraujoch tickets are very expensive and prices depend on the season and on the train station from/to where you are traveling. In the high season, a regular ticket from a train station nearby will cost you around 230 CHF (about 240 EUR or 260 USD).

If you want to find out the exact price for your journey, you can check the price brochure here. Alternatively, you can easily see the most up-to-date prices in your own currency and book your tickets here.

This is the most popular ticket. It includes the train from Interlaken all the way to Jungfraujoch. During the booking process, you can choose whether you travel to the top via Lauterbrunnen or via Grindelwald.

Good to know. Kids under 6 and with Junior Travel Card travel free of charge and children under 16 pay half the price. As already mentioned, you also get discounts with the Swiss Pass.

TIP: Once you buy your ticket, for a small additional fee, you can also reserve a seat on the specific train to Jungfraujoch (for the last part of the journey from Kleine Scheidegg or Eiger Glacier to the top). This is not absolutely necessary, but in the high season, it’s highly recommended as it guarantees a spot at a desired time. You can make seat reservations on the official website.

 

Is Jungfraujoch worth the money?

Just like many people, you are probably also wondering if it’s worth the money to visit Jungfraujoch? Also because there are so many places to include in your Swiss trip itinerary and limited time to see everything you want… I was asking myself the same thing before we visited.

Visiting Jungfraujoch is expensive, very expensive, but you probably already know that nothing is cheap in Switzerland. Also, all the activities I mentioned above (except for Snow Fun Park) are included in the ticket price. Just try to imagine how much it costs to build and run a place like this…

We have visited many places in Switzerland over the years and to us, Jungfraujoch is one of the most unique places and experiences in the Swiss Alps. So my answer is YES – if you can afford it and have time, Jungfraujoch is absolutely worth the money.

If, however, you still have a long list of places to visit in Switzerland, or have a tighter budget, there are also so many other beautiful destinations to visit that don’t cost half as much. So it really depends on what you compare it to.

If you only have a day in the region and your budget is tight, head to Grindelwald-First instead. Other nice options are Schynige Platte, Mürren. Also Mount Titlis or Mt Pilatus near Lucerne are nice alternatives. All these are much cheaper than Jungfraujoch.

Visiting Jungfrau Top Of Europe in Switzerland
Jungfraujoch tickets are expensive, but it’s a very unique place too
 

How to visit Jungfraujoch cheaper

Here are some ways to visit Jungfraujoch cheaper:

1. Get a regional pass. If you are staying in the area for a longer time and get the Jungfrau Region Winter Sportpass pass or Jungfrau Travel Pass (only available in summer) for at least 3 days, you can get a ticket to Jungfraujoch at a seriously reduced rate (about 1/3rd of the price). In addition, this pass also gives you a 10% discount at the shops at Jungfraujoch.

We visited Jungfraujoch when we were skiing in Wengen. Because we had a ski pass for the area, we only had to get an extra ticket for the last part of the journey – from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch, which was about 1/3rd the price of the regular ticket.

2. Go early in the morning. The ‘Good Morning’ ticket is quite a lot cheaper, but you have to take a train at 6.30-7.30 am and – more importantly – be back down by 1.17 pm (at the moment of the last update). This ticket is not ideal for people who want to spend more time in the area and enjoy some hiking at e.g. Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg, etc. Or you would have to book a regular ticket to Kleine Scheidegg and the morning ticket only for the last part of the journey.

3. Go in a lower season. It is about 25 CHF cheaper to visit Jungfraujoch in the winter or in the shoulder season compared to summer. The peak season is from June to August.

4. Get a Swiss Pass. If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, you can travel for free to Grindelwald or Wengen and get a 25% discount for the journey from there to Jungfraujoch.

5. Go with a group of friends. If you travel with a group of 10 people, you can get a group discount which is about 30%.

6. Go with a tour. If you book an organized tour to Jungfraujoch from bigger cities, it’s often cheaper than going on your own. This is because they take advantage of group rates.

Jungfraujoch day trip with kids - amazing experience in Switzerland
Our kids loved visiting Jungfraujoch as well – so much to see and do!
 

Practical information and tips for visiting Jungfraujoch

  • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe can be visited the whole year round. It’s open 365 days a year.
  • Count one full day for your visit to Jungfraujoch. If you have some time left, you can hop off the train in Wengen and visit this picturesque mountain village. Also Kleine Scheidegg is a beautiful place for a short walk.
  • Leave your car in Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen and take the train from there.
  • Book your Jungfraujoch railway tickets in advance. It’s a must if traveling in summer, but also in other seasons, it will save you lots of hassle. You can buy Jungfraujoch tickets here and reserve your seats here.
  • Even in summer, you need warm clothes when visiting Jungfraujoch. Expect to find snow at the top.
  • Don’t stress about the weather – there’s plenty to see and do at Jungfraujoch in any type of weather. Sometimes it can be cloudy in the valley, but once you get there, you’ll find yourself above the clouds. And sometimes you just have to wait 10 minutes and the weather changes.

READ ALSO: Jungfrau Region in Winter

Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch starts at Kleine Scheidegg in Switzerland
Jungfrau Railway at Kleine Scheidegg
 

Where to stay near Jungfraujoch

You can visit Jungfraujoch as a day trip from many major cities in Switzerland, so you don’t absolutely have to stay nearby. However, there is so much more to see and do in this region, that it’s definitely worth planning a few days here.

The closest hotel to Jungfraujoch is  Hotel Bellevue des Alpes at Kleine Scheidegg. However, it’s located high on the mountain, is very expensive, and there’s not that much that you can do there…

We always stay in Wengen, which is a car-free village with direct train connections to Kleine Scheidegg, from where you take the train to Jungfraujoch. Alternatively, there are lots of accommodations in Grindelwald, just on the other side of the mountains, and also with a direct train connection to Kleine Scheidegg and cable car to Eiger Glacier.

Most international tourists who come to the region for Jungfraujoch and the Grindelwald-First area, stay in Grindelwald. Here are a few hotel recommendations in Grindelwald town center for different budgets:

$$$$$ Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort
$$$$ Eiger Selfness Hotel
$$$ Sunstar Hotel & SPA
$$ Eiger Lodge Chic

TIP: Using the map below, you can compare hotels, B&Bs, and short-term rental accommodations in Grindelwald. Simply insert your travel dates and group size, and you’ll see what’s available for your stay. Check it out!

   

Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, is such a special place that I really think it deserves to be included in any Swiss itinerary. It’s not just the highlight of the Jungfrau Region, but also one of the most unique places you can visit in Switzerland.

As for us, we have been to the Jungfrau Region many times and have just booked another trip for the summer. It’s a place you’ll want to return to as well!

TIP: If you like places like Jungfraujoch, you’ll also love Mount Titlis. It’s another wonderful day-trip destination in central Switzerland.

READ ALSO: Mt Titlis or Jungfraujoch – Which Is Better & Why

Jungfraujoch FAQ

What is the difference between Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch?

Jungfrau is a mountain (4,158 m) whereas Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest train station (3,454 m). Jungfraujoch means the “Jungfrau saddle”, which is basically the connecting point between the peaks of Mt Jungfrau and Mt Mönch. You can easily visit Jungfraujoch from where you can admire – among others – the view of Jungfrau.

Is Jungfraujoch worth it?

Visiting Jungfraujoch is very expensive and many people wonder if it’s worth going there. Jungfraujoch offers one of the most unique experiences in the Swiss Alps, so yes, if you can afford it, it is absolutely worth a visit. If, however, you are on a tight budget, there are many cheaper destinations like Grindelwald-First, Schynige Platte, or Mount Titlis (to name just a few) that are worth your time just as much.

Why is Jungfraujoch so expensive?

Jungfraujoch is the highest train station in Europe. Building and maintaining a railway this high in the mountains (where there is always snow) is very costly. Furthermore, there are just that many trains that can drive to Jungfraujoch in a day, which limits the number of visitors. All this makes it a more expensive destination.

When can you visit Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch is a year-round destination and it’s open every day.

What is the best time to visit Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch has something unique to offer in all seasons and since many attractions are inside, so you can visit at any time. There is always snow here, but if you visit in summer, you can hike to Mönchshütte or go snow tubing on the glacier. In addition, there are nice hiking possibilities in the area. So there’s more to see and do in Jungfraujoch in summer than in winter.

Is the Jungfrau Travel Pass worth it?

The Jungfrau Travel Pass is only worth it if you are staying in the Jungfrau Region for at least 3 days and are planning to take trains/ gondolas every day. In that case, it’s absolutely worth it! Not only will it save you money for transportation, but it also gives you complete flexibility – you can easily change your travel plans during the day because all the trains and gondolas in the region are included.

READ ALSO: Swiss Travel Pass: Complete Guide

 
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Robyn

Monday 22nd of July 2024

Hi Jurga, I love your travel blogs and always look for them. One thing you might want to add to this Jungfrau page for another way to save money is purchasing the Good Morning Pass. There are restrictions...like you have to leave on the first three trains up in the morning and you have to be down by 13:00 ( I believe), but it saves you a lot of money. I haven't researched it completely (I'm doing that next) so I haven't given you exact details, but it might be looking into and adding to you blog. I think we're going to do that for our family of 5 since we'l be paying full price with no discount passes. Thanks again for all your work!

Jurga

Tuesday 23rd of July 2024

Hi Robyn, thanks for letting me know. This is new indeed and the price looks very good. However, whether it's worth it, I'm not so sure. Taking the train at 6.30-7.30am to get there is one thing, but having to finish the entire journey by 1.17pm including all train connections e.g. to Grindelwald or Interlaken (if I understand it correctly) means that you wouldn't be able to explore the area deeper. So while it's a good option for someone who just wants to quickly visit Jungfraujoch, it would mean that you would miss all the other amazing places/hikes that you could do at Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wengen, etc. Another option would be to book a regular ticket to Kleine Scheidegg and the 'Good Morning' ticket from there to Jungfraujoch. I'm not sure how much money that option would save, but it would in any case give you much more flexibility to enjoy the rest of the day in that area without having to rush. But yes, if you are traveling with a big family and Jungfraujoch is your main goal for that day, this morning ticket can save you guys a lot of money. Switzerland isn't cheap and Jungfraujoch is right at the top of the list of the most expensive mountain destinations in the country.

Geoff

Monday 20th of May 2024

Hello, I'm going to be staying in Wengen for 4 nights in late June, and I think I'm going to be getting the local Jungfrau pass so that I can travel around with ease and get discounts to the top and elsewhere. But I'm a little confused about how the pass works in practice... I pick the days and buy it, and then when I get on a train, I have something to show on my phone when I try to use it, right? Well I've heard from multiple places that you should book tickets in advance to Jungfrau, and also have reserved seats in advance to that (and on other journeys in the area too, possibly?) I've heard it is super busy in the summer. Do you buy the pass, and then you go and buy your specific tickets to Jungfrau with reserved seats after that (so you are now locked into a specific journey)? (I assume that when you buy the pass, you get a Pass # or something that you then can enter on the other website to get the Jungfrau discount?) Do you think I can do the rest of my travels around the valley without advance seat reservations, and just showing my pass when I want to get on a train? I guess that would allow for the flexibility that I keep reading you get with that pass.

I wouldn't want to buy a pass, and then show up for the 4 days and be told all the trains are full all day and I can't get on them because all the seats are "reserved," and have people ask me what was I thinking. Thanks!

Jurga

Saturday 25th of May 2024

Hi Geoff, when you buy the pass, you get the instructions on how it works. Normally, you'll have to pick up a scannable card first, but it also depends on the pass you get. And no, you cannot pre-book any of the trains or gondolas, you just arrive and get on the next available train/gondola. With gondolas, it's sometimes quite busy and you may have to wait a bit (up to maybe 5 minutes, maybe a bit more at peak times). With trains, you can usually just take the next train, but you may have to wait a bit longer if it's exceptionally busy on lines with limited options, like e.g. to Schynige Platte). The only one train journey that has to be booked in advance is the trip to Jungfraujoch, more precisely the last section of the journey by train to the very top. If you have a regional pass, you'll be able to indicate this when buying the ticket and you'll get a discount. You may be asked to show your regional pass together with the ticket once you get on the train to Jungfraujoch. Hope this helps. Have a great trip!

Allison Martinez

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

Hello! Love this page! I have seen where you can go up to the top of Europe but then hike back down from the Eiger Trail. Is this possible? We will be there in September. I am also wondering if this would be a different ticket because I am only seeing round trip? Have you done this?

Jurga

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

Hi Allison, yes, if you start your day early, you could do the Eiger hike after visiting Jungfraujoch. It should be ok in September, but it's not uncommon to get snow at higher elevations toward the end of the month. Normally, it should be fine. Most people walk from the Eiger Glacier Station to Alpiglen and then take a train down to Grindelwald (or up to Kleine Scheidegg if you have other plans that same day). In that case, it's likely not worth the trouble getting any special ticket since you will still need the train. If you decide to hike all the way down to Grindelwald, then it might be worth looking into one-way tickets, but the most expensive part is going up to Jungfraujoch from Kleine Scheidegg, so I don't think you would save much. Just a note on Eiger Trail. It's a downhill walk, but not a walk in the park and you need at least 2.5 hours to do it. It took us about 3 hours including a short picnic and some photo stops. The signs say it takes 2 hours, but the official website says 2h50 and that is much closer to reality. As for tickets, we usually stay in the area longer and get a multi-day regional card, Jungfrau Travel Pass. But it's only available from 3 days and more. Otherwise, if you are not staying in the Jungfrau Region that long but are staying in Berner Oberland longer (the bigger region that includes Jungfrau), then it's worth looking into Berner Oberland Pass. Please note that none of the passes include the last train journey to Jungfraujoch so if you want to go all the way up, you will have to pay extra for that last part (you get a 50% discount with passes). If you only go to Eiger Glacier Station, it's included. Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!

J Jones

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi Jurga

I will be staying in Lauterbrunnen at the end of May. Is it possible to buy a ticket which gives you a choice of how to get up and down the Jungfraujoch i.e Eiger Express/train for the ascent and just the train for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg and then on to Wengen so that I can walk back to Lauterbrunnen?

Is there also a gondola from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald?

Jurga

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi, a few things: Lauterbrunnen doesn't have any gondolas to that side of the mountain, only toward Mürren. If you want to go to Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen, you'll have to take a train to Kleine Scheidegg and from there switch to another train to the Top of Europe. If you want to go to Grindelwald from Lauterbrunnen, the fastest way is by train via Zweilütschinen. Otherwise, via Kleine Scheidegg which is more scenic but also a lot more expensive. Eiger Gondola runs from Grindelwald, so if you want to take it either way, you will have to travel via Grindelwald at least one way. Just to be clear - if you just want to visit Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen, the easiest way is to simply take a train via Kleine Scheidegg and forget Grindelwald altogether. Unless you absolutely want to see the scenery there. Or you can simply visit Grindelwald separately, on another day if you are in the area longer. You can find all ticket options on the website of the Jungfrau Region but I can imagine that it can be very overwhelming. If you want to take many different trains in this area in a short time, it's often better to get a (multi-)day pass. If you just want a very specific ticket excluding some parts of the journey, simply ask at the ticket desk, but often, skipping one short part of the journey and doing it on foot will not be cheaper than paying for a round-trip ticket. You can still hike as much as you like though ;). Hope this helps a bit. In reality, it's not as complicated as it looks, but you need to decide which way you travel - the shortest route which is just up and down the same way, or the 'see everything' route which is basically a round trip via Grindelwald, going up to the mountain one way and coming back via the other side. Have a great trip!

Julia Su

Thursday 25th of January 2024

We plan to stay at Grindelwald for three nights. Of course, we want to visit Jungfraujoch. Is the Berner Oberland Pass or Jungfrau Travel Pass better in price? We'll be there in the end of May.

Jurga

Monday 29th of January 2024

Hi Julia, which pass or ticket is best for you depends on your travel plans - which trains/gondolas/boats you take, which mountain destinations you visit, etc. So I really can't compare it for you. Keep in mind that the last part of the journey to the top of Jungfraujoch (from Schynige Platte or Eiger gondola) is normally not included in any of the passes, but some passes give you a discount on it.

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