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How to Get to Interlaken

How to Get to Interlaken by Air

There is no airport at Interlaken and the closest one which is located at Bern is 45 minutes away.

How to Get to Interlaken by Rail

Interlaken has two railway stations, Interlaken Ost (Interlaken East) and Interlaken West, both of which are well connected by regular trains from across the country. Most mainline trains terminate at Interlaken Ost, but those coming in from Bern first pass through Interlaken West. Interlaken West is conveniently located in the heart of town. Most branch lines coming in from the mountains around Interlaken arrive at Interlaken Ost as well, making it the main railway station for the town.

How to Get to Interlaken by Bus

Interlaken is linked by regular buses to the rest of Switzerland, with daily buses arriving from a number of cities and towns. You can drive to Interlaken on the highway from Thun and Bern. If you’re driving in from the south, you’ll need to pass through the Lötschbergtunnel on a car-carrying train, which will bring you to Kandersteg. This is connected to the main Thun-Interlaken highway by a secondary road.

By Boat

You can also get to Interlaken by boat. Both Lake Brienze and Lake Thun have boats plying across them from shore to shore. Most boats dock behind either Interlaken Ost or Interlaken West stations.

Getting Around Interlaken

Interlaken is so small that you can cover the town on foot. But it is convenient to hire a car from one of the car rental agencies in town, for visiting the nearby villages. In addition, mountain bikes, cycles and motorbikes can be rented from various agencies in town, including the railway station. You can also travel for free around Interlaken if you have the guest card from your hotel.

Public transport is convenient and economical. Local trains and buses cover most of the area in and around Interlaken. You can hire taxis and romantic horse-drawn carriages that generally operate up and down Höheweg.

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