Before you figure out whether or not you’re interested in buying the Jungfrau Travel Pass, you’ll need to first be well aware of what the Jungfrau Region is.
The Jungfrau Region is comprised a small area of the Bernese Highlands, the highest area of the canton of Bern. The gateway to the region is Interlaken, a town that you will have to go to if you want to visit this region. In addition, it includes the Grindelwald valley and the Lauterbrunnen valley, where the towns of Wengen and Mürren are also located.
Thousands of tourists visit this part of Switzerland every year thanks to its picturesque landscapes featuring mountains, green meadows, snow-capped peaks, beautiful lakes with turquoise waters, waterfalls, glaciers and charming villages. In fact, Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe), the highest station in Europe is located in this area. Later we will see if the Jungfrau Travel Pass includes entrance to Top of Europe.
This area of the country, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, is a very interesting destination both in winter and in summer. In the colder months, ski and snowboard lovers hit the snow slopes. On the other hand, during the summer, it is possible to go on the many hiking trails with unimaginable views and cool off in the rivers and lakes.
Many of the most beautiful places to see in the Jungfrau are accessible via cable cars and cog railways. In case you haven’t heard yet, Switzerland is a very expensive country and these means of transportation are no exception to the rule. Therefore, if you want to visit the region well, it will be worth buying this pass.
What is the Jungfrau Travel Pass?
The JTP is a travel pass, available for stays between 3 and 8 days, which allows you unlimited use of all means of transportation located in the Jungfrau Region. This means that after you purchase this card, you will no longer have to pay every time you take a bus, train, boat or cable car in Jungfrau.
Something that you should keep in mind before continuing to find out about whether or not to purchase this pass is that it is not available during the coldest months of the year. You can only buy it if your trip is between April and October (approximately).
This card is recommended for those people who are going to visit this part of Switzerland and who are planning to make different tours in the area in which it is necessary to take a cable car or rack railway. Although it also includes other means of transportation.
What does the Jungfrau Travel Pass include?
The Jungfrau Travel Pass includes the following journeys (unlimited):
- Interlaken West – Grindelwald / Interlaken West – Lauterbrunnen. You can take the train that connects Interlaken with each of these towns as many times as you want.
- Interlaken – Harder Kulm. It is one of the most spectacular viewpoints overlooking Interlaken.
- Wilderswil – Schynige Platte. Wilderswil is a small town located on the outskirts of Interlaken. From here you can get on a cog railway that takes you to Schynige Platte, a hill station where you can hike or just enjoy the views.
- Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald. Rack railway that connects the towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen with Kleine Scheidegg, where you take the train to Top of Europe. From Lauterbrunnen you can also travel to Wengen on this train.
- Grindelwald Terminal – Eigergletscher. Cable car that connects the town of Grindelwald with Eigergletscher (station on the Eiger Glacier). It is the first step to get to Top of Europe from Grindelwald.
- Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp – Winteregg – Murren. Cable car and railway which connects Lauterbrunnen and Mürren.
- Grindelwald-First. Cable car that connects the town of Grindewald with the mountain station of First. You will have to take it if you want to visit places like the First Cliff Walk and Bachalpsee Lake.
- Grindelwald Terminal – Männlichen / Wengen – Männlichen. Cable car that connects both towns of Jungfrau with Männlichen, a perfect hiking site.
- Interlaken Ost / Interlaken West – Brienz. Train that connects the two Interlaken stations with each other and with the Brienz station.
- Boat trips on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.
- Bus routes within the town of Grindelwald.
- Discount on the journey from Eigergletscher to Top of Europe.
Does it included the journey to Jungfrajoch, Top of Europe?
The Jungfrau Travel Pass includes visits to many of the great attractions of the region; however, it does not include the entire journey from Grindelwald or Laterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe).
As I discussed in my article on how to get to Jungfraujoch, it is possible to go up to this place from Lauterbrunnen and from Grindelwald.
If you go from Lauterbrunnen, the journey from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg and from Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher will be included. The ride from Eigergletscher to Top of Europe is not included. If you go from Grindelwald, it will include the route from Grindelwald Terminal to Eigergletscher. It will not include the journey from Eigergletscher to Top of Euope.
However, having the JTP allows you to purchase these tickets at a more affordable price. Simply, when you go to buy your travel pass, you will have to buy it by adding the supplement to visit Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe. I’ll explain in detail below.
How much does the Jungfrau Travel Pass cost?
At the moment it seems that buying this travel pass is a good idea but I still need to review one of the most important points, the price. Below you will see how much it costs:
|Validity||Adults||Adults with discount*||Children (ages 6-15)|
|3 days||190 CHF||145 CHF||30 CHF|
|4 days||215 CHF||160 CHF||30 CHF|
|5 days||250 CHF||190 CHF||30 CHF|
|6 days||270 CHF||205 CHF||30 CHF|
|7 days||290 CHF||220 CHF||30 CHF|
|8 days||310 CHF||235 CHF||30 CHF|
* The discount is applied if you have one of the following cards: Swiss Half Fare Card, GA, Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex.
As I mentioned, it is necessary to pay if you want to visit Jungfraujoch as well (highly recommended). In this case, the extra fee will set you back CHF 63 (low season) and CHF 75 (high season).
Where to purchase the Jungfrau Travel Pass
You can purchase the Junfrau pass from two different places:
1. From the JUNGFRAU OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
– Advantages. It lets you choose different day ranges and allows you to buy it with the Half Fare Card.
– Cons. You cannot buy the ticket directly with the supplemental fee to go to Top of Europe.
2. THROUGH CIVITATIS:
– Pros. It is possible to buy the ticket with the Top of Europe supplemental fee included. It is 100% reliable.
– Cons. It is a bit more expensive (a few more bucks) and only 3, 5 and 7 day passes are available.
One way or another, you will receive an email with voucher. Once you arrive in Jungfrau (Switzerland) you will only have to exchange this voucher for the original pass at one of the train stations in Interlaken, Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen.
Is it worth buying?
Determining whether the Jungfrau Travel Pass is worth buying is easy, you just have to do a few calculations. I recommend you carry out the following steps:
1. First of all, you will have to take into account the time you are going to spend in Jungfrau. As I mentioned prior, this travel pass is available for stays between 3 and 8 days. It has a different price depending on the number of days you choose.
2. Once you know how many days you are going to spend in the region, I recommend planning the route and seeing which places you are going to visit and if you have to take any means of transportation to get to each of those places.
3. After this step, you have to look up how much the tickets cost to visit those sites. Below I leave the prices of the main activities to do in Jungfrau:
|One way||Round trip|
|Grindelwald – First||32 CFH||64 CHF|
|Wilderswil – Schynige Platte||32 CFH||64 CHF|
|Interlaken – Harder Kulm||17 CHF||34 CHF|
|Grindelwald Terminal – Eigergletscher||32 CFH||64 CHF|
|Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg||32,80 CHF||65,60 CHF|
|Grindelwald Grund- Kleine Scheidegg||30 CHF||60 CHF|
|Lauterbrunnen – Mürren||11,20 CHF||22,40 CHF|
|Grindelwald Terminal – Jungfraujoch||95 CHF||190 CHF|
|Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch||97,80 CHF||195,60 CHF|
4. Add up the prices of all the routes you plan on taking during your trip and compare the total with the price of the Jungfrau Travel Pass.
For example, imagine that you are going to be in Jungfrau for 3 days and you want to visit Grindelwald-First, Schynige Platte and Top of Europe.
The cost of the Grindelwald-First cable car is CHF 64 round trip. The train to go to Schynige Platte is 64 CHF round trip. Finally, the cost of the cable car that goes from Grindelwald Terminal to Eigergletscher is 190 CHF. The total cost of these trips is 318 CHF.
On the other hand, visiting all the places mentioned in the previous paragraph with the Jungfrau Travel Pass would cost 190 CHF + 75 CHF (extra fee to visit Top of Europe). The total cost would be 265 CHF.
In this scenario, purchasing the Jungfrau travel pass would totally be worth it.
5. Something else to consider is whether or not you are going to have your own vehicle. If you do not have a car, you will have to take the train that connects Interlaken with Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen on several occasions. Each one-way trip costs around 15 CHF.
6. Finally, you must also take into account if you are going to have another card that gives you discounts on trips and the Jungfrau Travel Pass: the Swiss Half Fare Card, GA, the Swiss Travel Pass or the Swiss Travel Pass Flex.
Are you going to travel to more parts of the country? Be sure to visit my Switzerland travel guide.
I hope this article about the Jungfrau Travel Pass has been helped you plan your trip to this spectacular area of Switzerland. If you have any anything to add or any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me. Enjoy your trip to Jungfrau!