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Transportation from Chamonix to Murren

I have signed up for the My Way Alps tour this September but it spends less time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley than I would like. The tour ends in Chamonix, so I am interested in going back to Murren for 3-4 nights on my own before going home. Does anyone have any suggestions for transportation from Chamonix to Murren? I am having a hard time figuring out if there are manageable train connections between the two destinations. Is there a bus? What makes the most sense transportation wise to get from one place to the other? Thank you for any advise you can pass on.

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Go to www.sbb.ch (Swiss Federal Railways website), type in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Mürren BLM and a date and time, and your question will be answered. Takes about 5 hours with lots of changes (mostly because of small local trains at the beginning and end).
Plan B is to get a shuttle bus to Geneva airport (which is not listed on the SBB site, then a train from Geneva airport to Mürren. But that would take longer.

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Hi Chris,
This is very helpful! Thank you. It appears there are 8 changes and takes a little over 5 hours. The modes of transportation listed are TER, R, IR, ICE, LB and goes via Vallorcine, Martigny, Visp, Spiez, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen and Grutschalp. My question is: at each of the transfer points is the next connection already at the same location or do I need to go to a different station to get the next connection? I am assuming that they are all at the same location unless it tells you to Walk. Is that correct? Hahaha. This will be a challenge to make 8 connections correctly and not end up in the wrong spot! Thanks again.

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I hope I'm not being offensive by jumping in - The changes on this route are very easy and the five hours goes by in a flash as there is some spectacular scenery on the way ( the Chamonix - Martigny stretch , in particular ) . Each of the changes only requires a track ( voie or gleis ) change , no station change . One exception - when you disembark the BOB ( berner oberland bahn ) at Lauterbrunnen , you need to walk a short distance across the road to the lift , the blue sign says " Bergbahn - Lauterbrunnen - Murren " . When you depart the lift , the train that will take you to Murren is right there . As I remember , the lift stops operation at 8 PM , so if you get there late , you will find yourself in an awkward situation .

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ragliione,

An easier route that you might consider would be to take one of the Shuttle services from Chamonix to Geneva. Travel time will be about an hour. Have a look at the websites for.....

  • Chamonix Valley Transfers
  • ChamExpress
  • AlpyBus

From Geneve main station, the trip to Mürren will be as short at ~3H:46M (4 changes but the last few are exceptionally easy). For example, there's a departure from Geneva at 10:12 or 11:12, that will get you to Mürren by 13:58 or 14:58 (there are many other departures). When you buy tickets, specify the Mürren BLM route as that's the one that uses the Cable Car to Grütschalp, and then the small BLM mountain railway direct to Mürren.

Using the Shuttle via Geneva would be an easier trip than travel by rail to the Berner Oberland. The shortest travel time by rail on that route is comparable at ~4H:34M, but there will be a minimum of 7 changes, so my choice would be the Shuttle via Geneva.

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Ken and Steven, Thank so much for this great info! The easy transfer information was what I was hoping for and I will definitely look into the Geneva shuttle. I appreciate you both taking time to respond!

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Most of the connections will be easy once you're actually there. Some possible points of confusion (pertaining to the section I know, from Interlaken to Mürren):

At Interlaken, you get off at Interlaken Ost, not Interlaken West.

At Interlaken Ost, you take the section of the train going to Lauterbrunnen. The train splits and the other section goes to Grindelwald. The appropriate sections are clearly marked - as long as you know to look, you won't make a mistake.

At Lauterbrunnen, as mentioned by Steven above, you do have to cross the road for the lift to Grütschalp, which in turn takes you right to the train to Mürren.

As long as you're moving at a normal pace, all of these connections are coordinated, so you don't have to run, yet you won't wait long for each departure. However, if you do miss a departure (because you move more slowly, or because you stopped to use the bathroom or get some food), there will be another train or lift in 20-30 minutes for each segment. Tickets on these trains are not train-specific, so you can get on any one.

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Wow! So helpful. Thank you. Since I am a female traveling solo this gives me a lot of confidence that I can figure it all out and get to Murren in one piece! hahaha Thank you!

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Once you arrive in the Berner Oberland, you'll discover just how easy it is to use the excellent Swiss transit systems.