Traveling from Chamonix to Berber Oberland. We are looking to get to Murren using public transportation (trains, buses, lifts etc...). We are open to stopping at other towns first that might be more accessible To Murren ( Zermatt, Gimmelwald). We heard that public transportation in Switzerland is great but haven’t an easy way to get to Murren. Then we would be off to Fussen Germany via public transportation. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
4 1/2 hours, 7 train changes is all it takes.
What Sam said. It is an easy transition, you just walk from one train to the next, and the last three are train-cable car- train to Muerren. You can see the route and the transfers on SBB.ch or Bahn.de.
It looks difficult with the high number of transfers, but it actually isn't:
1. Chamonix to Vallorcine: extremely tiny station, very short walk
2. Vallorcine to Martigny: just a short walk through an underpass in Martigny
3. Martigny to Visp: another small station, cross-platform transfer likely
4. Visp to Spiez: similar to Visp, you might need the underpass there
5. Spiez to Interlaken: Interlaken is the largest station on your route
6. Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen: once in Lauterbrunnen you're basically there, and have a choice of two routes to Mürren (bus + cable car or cable car + train), the best one depends on your accomodation location in Mürren
Use the SBB app to have information on the platforms you need to head to at each transfer point.
And if you miss a train, you can take the next one (unless you buy a restricted "supersaver" ticket...which I don't think is available on that route).
There are shuttle services from Chamonix to Geneva Airport that cut out some of the transfers. Very efficient, about a one hour ride in a van. From the airport, you can arrive in Lauterbrunnen with 2 or 3 train changes, about 3.5 hours.
Is it worth stopping at Zermatt since it is closer. Looks like a beautiful stop en-route to Murren. We have a few days and would like to make the most of the Lauterbrunnen valley trip before going on to Fussen Germany.
Zermatt is not en route to anywhere, it is over one hour up the valley from Visp. You would need an overnight stop there, and even then it's risky because Zermatt has little interest when the weather is bad, or even just cloudy.
Thank you for your help. From Murren Switzerland, I think we will go to Lucerne for two nights rather than Fussen Germany. Then go to Lake Como and the Dolomites for a week.