Savings rail passes and discount deals make traveling cheaper on cogwheel trains to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station above Interlaken in the Alps of Switzerland.
The cogwheel mountain train ride to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station in the Swiss Alps is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Switzerland but unfortunately not cheap. However, several discount deals reduce ticket prices while most Swiss railway passes, including the Swiss Card, Swiss Pass, Half-Fare Card, and Junior Card, as well as Eurail passes may also be used on the Jungfraubahnen railway system.
Train Fares for the Jungfraubahnen in Switzerland
The Jungfraubahnen (trains, buses, and cable cars in the Jungfrau region) provide public transportation in one of the most beautiful regions of Switzerland. Unfortunately, cogwheel mountain trains are relatively expensive to build and operate and these costs are reflected in the high prices of tickets.
A standard return fare for the three trains necessary for traveling from Interlaken Ost via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungraujoch-Top of Europe station is a pricy CHF211 (CHF226 first class). The final section of the journey from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station is mostly carved through the rock of the Mönch and Eiger peaks and the return fare for this section alone is around CHF130.
Fortunately, several discount deals are available and most railway passes are valid to reduce the costs of traveling to the splendid views available from the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station. Return tickets are slightly cheaper than two one-way tickets on some journeys but further discount offers cannot be combined – only one offer can be used per journey.
Savings Passes for the Train to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
Most Swiss railways savings passes are valid for travel on the trains of the Jungfraubahnen. Discounts are given for most cable cars too but the Grindelwald-Pfingstegg cable car is often excluded from special deals.
Standard Swiss rail passes are valid in the Jungfrau region:
- Holders of a SBB Halbtaxabo (Half Fare) or a Swiss Card receive fifty percent discount on all the railway fares of the Jungfraubahnen.
- Bearers of a Generalabonnement SBB or a Swiss Travel Pass may travel for free as high as Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald but pay half price for further trains. Swiss Travel Pass holders receive only 25% discounts on the railway sections Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch-Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald.
- Eurail Pass and Interrail pass bearers receive 25% discount on all trains past Interlaken.
- Children with a Junior Card aged 6 to 15 travel for free with their parents, or pay 50% of the regular adult fare. (The Junior Card is a fantastic deal for travel on almost all forms of Swiss public transportation. It cost only CHF30 per year and can be bought from any Swiss train station.)
Save with the Jungfraubahnen Transportation Pass in Switzerland
Tourists spending a week in summer in the Jungfrauregion should consider the Jungfraubahnen Pass. The Jungfraubahnen Pass allow for unlimited travel on three to six consecutive days on all trains, buses, and cable cars in the region – the only exception is on the stretch Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station where only a 50% discount is given.
The Jungfraubahnen Pass ranges from CHF180 for three days to CHF255 for six days (or CHF550 for the full summer season). Bearers of other railway passes and half-fare cards get around CHF50 discount. Children without a Junior Card may buy a pass for CHF30.
In winter, a wide variety of other passes is available for skiers and other winter sport activities.
Discount Tickets on the Train to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
Two discount options that are useful for day trippers are the Good Morning and Good Afternoon tickets. These return tickets are CHF145 for travel from Interlaken Ost to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station and are only on sale on the day of travel from the main stations on the Jungfraubahnen network, or online from Jungfraubahnen (but not from other outlets, including Swiss Railways). This saving price cannot be combined with other offers so bearers of rail passes receive bigger discounts off the standard fare.
The Good Morning fare is valid in summer (May to October) for the first train departing from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station at 8 am (leave Interlaken Ost at 06:35 am). Good Morning ticket holders must leave Jungfraujoch at the latest on the 12:00 (noon) train. In winter, the Good Morning ticket is also valid on the 8:30 am train from Kleine Scheidegg (07:05 from Interlaken Ost) and the 13:13 train is the last train that may be taken from Top of Europe.
The Good Afternoon ticket is available from April to late October for the second last train of the day leaving for Jungfrauoch from Kleine Scheidegg at 3:30 pm, or leave Interlaken Ost at 2:05 pm. The train arrives at Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 4:22 pm with the last train leaving the mountain at 5:45 pm.
It is also sometimes possible to save when using a group tour, especially if transportation from other cities are added.
Special deals are often available for this journey – ask friends and family living in Switzerland to keep an eye out for Jungfraujoch deals that are often only advertised in the local press.
Taking the train to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe from Interlaken-Ost is one of the quintessential elements of many a Swiss vacation trip. Despite the costs, traveling to this most beautiful region of Switzerland is very popular with tourists from all over the world.