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Lucerne to Jungfraujoch

We are going on the Best of Switzerland tour early August. We arrive three days early into Lucerne
Is it possible to take a day trip to Jungfraujoch from Lucerne or is it to far to do in a day?

Or could we do it the one day we have as a free day in Murren? We did the GAS tour 3 years ago and saw the Schilthorn.. we loved Switzerland so much we decided to do Best of..we arrive in Lucerne on a Friday July 28th.. my sister suggested I look into what is open on Sundays. She was in Zurich years ago on a Sunday and most things were closed..

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Yes, a day trip to the Jungfraujoch is certainly possible from Lucerne, although it's going to be a long day. This is the route you'd follow....

  • Take a direct train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost (1H:50M)
  • At Interlaken Ost, transfer to the small Berner Oberlandbahn for the ~20 minute trip to Lauterbrunnen
  • At Lauterbrunnen, transfer to the Wengernalp Bahn cog railway for the trip to Kleine Scheidegg (~43M).
  • At Kleine Scheidegg, transfer to the Jungfraubahn for the short trip to the top (~35M).

The entire trip from Lucerne to the Jungfraujoch will take ~4 hours. For the return trip, just reverse the order.

It would be a good idea to check the weather report before making that trip, as if it's cloudy at the top, you won't see much and may not be able to venture outside.

One other point to mention is that the Jungfraujoch is at an elevations of over 12,000 feet. If you have any altitude issues, be sure to keep that in mind. Things like climbing stairs will probably be considerably more effort (that's what I found).

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It is the thick edge of 3 hours from Luzern to Lauterbrunnen, then the long trip up the mountain. Since you want good weather for the visit, checking 3 hours before you arrive is old news.

If you can decide locally that is much better.

Oh, and 3 hours back to Luzern too, from Lauterbrunnen.

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If you want to visit the Jungfrau then stay in that region. You'll be in Lucerne so a wise use of your precious vacation hours is to visit either Rigi, Mt. Pilatus, Titlis for a mountain top experience. Much much closer to Lucerne than the Jungfrau.

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As you mentioned, your tour does spend two nights in Muerren, so that's the convenient time to ride to Jungfraujoch, two hours each way, with various walking options also available at the connection points.

Some of the smaller museums that Rick's book covers in Lucerne are closed Monday, not Sunday. The Transport Museum is open daily, but you'll see that on your tour.

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Thank you to everyone.
I think we will try to go while in Murren on our free day. I wish this tour stayed 3 nights in Murren.. we just love Murren and the area.
Sounds like from Lucerne would be way too long of day..

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It's just that it's a "long"'s a "long" block of wasted useless time sitting on a train when you could be doing/seeing more of the interesting and beautiful sights of Switzerland.