Visiting Jungfraujoch

Top of Mountain in Switzerland
Bernese Alps

Is this Swiss mountain experience worth going to for the price?

The Jungfraujoch mountain peak is located in Bern, Switzerland and is apart of the Bernese Alps. This awe-awe-inspiring peak has been accessible for tourists since 1912 using the Jungfrau line, though is it worth the price and the time it takes to get there?

Below we break down the pricing, time and experience so you can better decide if visiting it works for your budget and travel schedule.

Getting There:

Jungfrau is located in the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, which is easily assessable by train. Most people will arrive in this region via train stop in Interlaken and then can continue to take a local train closer to towns such as Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. From either of these towns you are able to take the Jungfrau Railway, thus taking you all the way to the top of the mountain. Below are the step by step instructions depending on which town you start in:

Grindelwald

  1. Take the Jungfrau railway train to Kleine Scheidegg
  2. Transfer trains in Kleine Scheidegg to the one heading up the mountain (you’ll have about 10 minutes to transfer and there are several staff members around to help you with this process)

Lauterbrunnen

  1. Take the Jungfrau railway train to Kleine Scheidegg
  2. Transfer trains in Kleine Scheidegg to the one heading up the mountain (you’ll have about 10 minutes to transfer and there are several staff members around to help you with this process)
  • Note that both the Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen trains meet in Kleine Scheidegg, so we recommend taking the train from one town on the way up and taking the train back to the other town, so you can experience both! 

Time:

While getting there is relatively easy, keep in mind that the whole trip will take at least half a day out of your travel schedule. From Grindelwald the train will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes and from Lauterbrunnen it will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the top. Keep in mind that it will take roughly the same time coming. back down so travel time alone is about 3 hours roundtrip. Once you reach the top it will really depend on you for how long you stay, most averaging about 2 hours or so up there.

Price:

Pricing for visiting the top of the mountain will vary, depending on what time of year you visit, though it’s roughly going to cost around $185-235 per person, roundtrip. Once at the top there are a couple dining options that are additional, so plan to bring some extra money for warm drinks or lunch once you arrive.

Wrap Up:

Overall this is an amazing view of Switzerland, though it comes with a heavy price tag, especially when comparing it to visiting other mountain spots throughout Switzerland. Keep in mind that due to the altitude, the weather can change rather quickly and it is not worth going if it’s a cloudy or snowy day (you literally won’t see anything but clouds).

same area but once the weather rolled in the views were completely obstructed

If your visiting in Summer then your views should be mostly uninterrupted but watch your weather app if visiting in Fall or Winter. If your planning to travel to Switzerland and love the view from the top of a mountain then this is certainly something you should plan for, but otherwise, the trains through Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen give you some great shots of the mountains and the highlands below, without having to go all the way up. Remember that if you do go that it is still the top of a mountain. The weather can be very cold at times and it will take a little while to get adjusted to the altitude and breathing up there!

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