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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Overview

Ascend to one of Europe’s highest peaks on a full-day trip to the magnificent mountain region of Jungfrau from Zurich. With a knowledgeable guide, travel by luxury coach through the scenic splendor of the Bernese Oberland region to the charming village of Grindelwald. Board the gondola Eiger Express of the newly opened V-Cableway and ascend the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass. Absorb sweeping vistas of a sprawling Alpine wonderland from the vertiginous vantage point of the Sphinx Observatory. Explore the enchanting depths of an Ice Palace and capture fabulous photographs of the breath-taking landscape during your tour.
  • Travel through the Bernese Oberland and stop in the famous town of Interlaken
  • Ride the gondola Eiger Express of the newly opened V-Cableway from Grindelwald to Eiger Glacier Station, and then on by cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch, one of the highest points in Europe
  • Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland as you enjoy views from the Sphinx Observatory and explore the Ice Palace
  • Learn all about the region from your multilingual guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ascend to the “top of Europe,” and enjoy unparalleled views, when you take the train up to Jungfraujoch.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Cogwheel train ride
Aerial cable car Eiger Express
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Best of Switzerland Tours AG , Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Greet your guide in a central Zurich location and climb aboard a comfortable coach destined for Grindelwald. Receive a fascinating introduction to the Bernese Oberland region as you travel through the beautiful countryside and then refresh with a hot beverage (own expense) during a brief interlude in Interlaken.

Travel onward to Grindelwald to board the gondola Eiger Express of the newly opened V-Cableway for a ride to the Eiger Glacier station, where you change for the cogwheel train headed to one of Europe’s highest points. Marvel at dramatic mountain scenery during the ride up the UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass, and scour the horizon for the jagged peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.

On arrival at the 11,332-foot (3,454-meter) summit, gaze at mind blowing views of the Alpine wonderland below, and then ascend to the Sphinx Observatory for even more magnificent panoramas. Try to spot the craggy peak of the Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest glacier, and then explore the frozen tunnels of the Ice Palace during an enchanting guided tour.

Opt to enjoy a fulfilling meal at one of the many rustic restaurants at the summit (own expense) and then re-board the train for the journey to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach awaits. Relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Head to Sihlquai Bus Terminal near Zurich train station in the morning to meet your multilingual guide and board your comfortable coach. Then, relax on the scenic drive through the Bernese Oberland countryside.
Stop At:  
Interlaken
A scenic coach journey through splendid countryside takes you to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, a picturesque village nestled idyllically between Lakes Brienz and Thun, you continue to Grindelwald.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Grindelwald
In Grindelwald you board the gondola Eiger Express of the newly opened V-Cableway for a spectacular ride to the Eiger Glacier station, where you change to the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. Stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau accompany you on the way and the imposing Eiger North Face seems to be within one’s grasp.
Stop At:  
Jungfraujoch
Once on the top, immerse yourself in the fascinating high alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow and rock. Experience the discovery tour “Alpine Sensation” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway.
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau with the most breath-taking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, the neighbouring countries and the longest glacier of the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ice Palace - Jungfraujoch
Don't forget to stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace located in the heart of the glacier – a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lauterbrunnen
The descent by cogwheel train passes car-free holiday destination Wengen and takes you to Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits you for the return trip.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Zurich
The coach takes you back to Zurich, where your tour will end.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Warm clothing and sturdy shoes recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Routing and means of transport may have to be amended during maintenance work and depending on seasonal schedules without prior notice. A minimum stay of 2 hours on the top of Jungfraujoch is always guaranteed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "If you have young children, which may take longer for breakfast, and if you are not staying near the Bus Station area, it will be a rush getting there before 8am." See review
  • "This is an all day trip, so be prepared, but well worth it." See review

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star-5
Excellent . Will advise...
SACHIN_C
, Jun 2022
Excellent . Will advise others also to take up this trip. Transportation was excellent . Kids to the tour organisers
star-5
So fun!
Natalia_F
, Jun 2022
Fantastic trip through the Swiss countryside and to the alps! Insane views and so much history explained by my amazing tour guide, Katherine! So worth the money and I cannot get over the views. This tour takes you through Interlaken, grindelwald and finally, jungfraujoch which is the mountain with the incredible views. I recommend this 100%. I went solo, felt safe, made friends and had a great time!
star-5
Great
dferguson12
, Jun 2022
We had a great guide the tour lived up to expectations. Very well organized the guide provided excellent information
star-5
Mesmerizing Jungfraujoch!
Jerry_K
, Jun 2022
The coach was on time, comfortable, and the trip was smooth. The local guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The itinerary was well structured with sufficient time allocated for each attraction.
star-5
Great way to explore Switzerland!
Renato_C
, Jun 2022
Great way to explore the hidden wonders of Switzerland for a day. Trip lasts 12 hours and there are plenty of opportunities to stop, eat, and use restrooms, too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must do trip!
MarcosGuzman
, Jun 2022
The trip to Jungfraujoch was worth every penny! The views from the mountain are spectacular and like nothing, you have ever seen before. There are multiple things to do on the mountain including viewing an ice palace, zip-lining (not included in the ticket but worth trying), and more!
star-5
Amazing experience
Adrian_V
, Jun 2022
A must see in Switzerland! The experience was worth every penny. You can't leave Switzerland without visiting Jungfraujoch Top of Europe.
star-5
Worth going and to stand at top of Europe
Grace_g
, Jun 2022
It was well done. I loved the trip. We did spend a bit of time on the bus but once you arrive at top of Europe. It is all worth it. A trip of a lifetime. The tour guide was great, Lars explained and gave lots of small details about Switzerland and it’s surrounding area. I learned a lot about Swiss culture and the land.
star-4
My experience
Sulaiman_A
, May 2022
Great experience...a must in a lifetime for those who haven't. Varying of activities of bus, cable car and train with excellent mountain views.
star-5
All in one experience to remember!
Weslie_G
, May 2022
Monica our tour guide was very professional and friendly. The package was definitely worth every penny. Snow and snow palace scenic mountain view train cable car bus ride. All complete package in one day! I like this package since you can come back to zurich the same day. Though This package is not advisable for seniors or kids due to the air altitude. I got dizzy for awhile and my lips became blue but i was able to manage the whole tour.
star-5
Jungfraujoch - Amazing mountain and glacier
James_Z
, May 2022
Rebecca our guide was amazing. She even took us in the elevator to the top (the Sphinx) first just in case weather arrived that would prevent a good view. From there all the walking was downhill which was important because at that altitude the air is very thin. Great work Rebecca! You made this tour all the more enjoyable.
star-5
Awesome Experience
John_D
, May 2022
On top of Europe at Jungfraujoch was a fantastic experience. From getting on the gondola for the ascent up to the train ride back down. The time there was fun and exciting. Rebecca was a great tour guide. She answered all our questions and was very informative. It takes several hours to get there but you stop in Interlachen and Lucerne briefly which gives you a panoramic feel for these areas. It actually helped us make the decision of where to go on a free day since we have visited these sites already. (Went to Bern-great!)
star-5
A Switzerland Must!
Marissa_J
, May 2022
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Our local guide, Pedro, was nothing short of fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic about sharing the love of his beautiful country. He’s such a star and really made our trip memorable. The itinerary was a perfect. We had a chance to see the Interlaken and plenty of time for us to walk around and enjoy Jungfrau. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Switzerland!
star-5
Standing on top of Europe
Marie_A
, May 2022
The ride up and the view from the top..did it 23 years ago...still as wonderful as it was then..a lot easier than ..huffing and puffing now!
star-5
Amazing experience
Karthik_N
, May 2022
Amazing experience and our guide, Fernando was so friendly and nice. This trip is a must do for anyone visiting Switzerland.
star-5
Must Do Day Excursion in Alps
Kevin_M
, May 2022
One of the most stunningly beautiful excursions I have done. Jungfraujoch is simply amazing and a must see. The amount of stuff there to see, us photo opportunities along the way is a must for anyone trying to capture this beauty. The bus was very nice. If you are like me, sit below. It gets hot on top and the AC can only do so much. Know that you cannot eat or drink on the bus, which is a bummer but understandable. They do sell water for 2 Francs. This trip is well worth the time and cost. You will be tired but amazed by the sights and various modes of transportation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Day trip to top of Alps
Jonah_D
, May 2022
Our hosts were friendly, multi-lingual, and prompt. The bus was hot and overcrowded stooping multiple times to pick up and drop off. The views and facilities at Summit are a must see but it was a long trip
star-5
Really awesome
Mathews_V
, Apr 2022
Worthwhile. Fantastic tour. We have really enjoyed the Alps mountains. Ice skating and other winter activities. Very good tour guide
star-5
Great trip!
AlexandraV_L
, Apr 2022
Great trip! Our tour guides were excellent. Bus was very comfortable too. I strongly recommend this tour.
star-4
Definitely worth it!
Mangalam_V
, Apr 2022
As with everything timely in Swizterland, the trip started off on dot at 8.00am. It was a long day, but a very well-timed tour. Eduardo and Sue, our guides for the day were very knowledgeable and constantly telling us about the history of the city and the many tunnels as we drove through them. At our first stop at Interlaken, we were informed well about what we could do in the hour's time that we had in Interlaken. From here, we drove through scenic views to our gondola point at Eiger. Our gondola ride was to last about 25 minutes, but due to some technical fault we got stuck mid-way for an hour(the first time in the history of the gondola since the start of its operation). Not the fault of the tour company. Sue, who accompanied us in our gondola was very patient and kept reassuring all of us in the gondola. Finally, the gondola moved after an hour and we reached the point to board the train. Here, Eduardo assured us that we would have enough time even though our arrival was later than expected. Meeting points after getting off the train upon reaching Jungfraujoch were clearly communicated. We had a fabulous time up on the mountain as well walking around the Ice Palace. Our drive back to Zurich was also very smooth. Due to the delay on the gondola, the company offered complimentary chocolates to every passenger on board. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience of a lifetime!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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