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Swiss train codes on Lauterbrunnen - Grindewald route

I am travelling first time by train in Switzerland and am confused by the train codes used. For the Lauterbrunnen - Grindewald route the train codes are 140-Y (from Lauterbrunnen to Zweilutschinen) whereas on SBB mobile its Regio 249.
Should I be paying attention to these train codes or simply watch the train destinations?

Also will these train codes be displayed. Frankly whats been displayed on platforms of approaching trains? Waht should I be looking out for?

thanks very much

Posted by
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The train from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald splits at Zweiluetschenen, with half the train going to Grindelwald and the other half going to Lauterbrunnen. Going the other way, they join together at Zweiluetschenen and go as one train to Interlaken Ost. So just pay attention to the destination of the carriage you board at Interlaken Ost. There are no other trains on these routes.

Posted by
8889 posts

No need to pay attention to the train codes. The train company (BOB=Berner-Oberland-Bahn) only has the one line, and it is just one type of train service on that route, it runs every 30 minutes and stops at all stations. Just check destinations.

You say Lauterbrunnen - Grindewald, that isn't one train. The train starts from Interlaken, then splits in two at Zweilütschinen, half the train going to Grindelwald, and the other half to Lauterbrunnen ("Y" shaped route). This is how you will get into the area.

If you want to go Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald, you need first to go back to Zweilütschinen (on a train heading to Interlaken), where tha valley splist, then a second train to Grindelwald.

Posted by
23337 posts

I'm a bit confused by your need. Is this trip the only concern?

Is this question only about going from Lauterbrunnen to Grindlewald? How will you be getting to Lauterbrunnen?

The display at Lauterbrunnen will read Interlaken Ost. It will show Zweilütschinen as a stop on the way.

The display at Interlaken Ost will show both Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. Half the train goes one place and the other half the other. It is clearly written on the train which is which. It goes at the same times each hour and only follows the same route and always splits at Zweilütschinen.

If you are at Lauterbrunnen and you want to do this journey by train you board the train to Interlaken Ost and get off at Zweilütschinen. Wait for the next train to come up the hill from Interlaken and board the bit that says it is going to Grindelwald.

Pretty easy really. Don't worry about the train numbers, look at the destinations.

I have never heard of a train in Switzerland with a name like 140-Y. Where did you see that?

Many people going from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald will take the train to Wengen from Lauterbrunnen, then the gondola up to the ridge, enjoy the view, then take the cable car down into Grindelwald. Slower, but fabulous scenery.

EDIT: It looks like Chris F and I were typing at the same time, with much the same advice.

Posted by
1181 posts

Don't worry about it. Everything is clearly marked since they get lots of visitors. Nigh impossible to get lost.