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Regional Pass Berner Oberland 2020: Your guide to this all-inclusive Swiss travel pass

15 November, 2019 (Last Updated: 1 July, 2020)
by Carolyn
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If your Switzerland vacation includes three or more days in the Bernese Oberland region, which includes Interlaken, it is worth considering purchasing a Regional Pass Berner Oberland.

The Bernese Oberland (Switzerland) region is famous for its huge array of mountain excursions but they can get expensive if you plan on enjoying a few of them. 

That’s where an all-inclusive Bernese Oberland pass can offer huge benefits.  Not only does it mean you’re not always dipping into your pocket or purse to pay for excursions, it also saves you money.

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In this guide to the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, I cover everything you need to know about the Pass including what it includes, what it costs, where to purchase it, and much more.

Note: the official name of the pass is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland but in this guide we’ll also refer to it by its more commonly known name, the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.

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What is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

Regional Pass Berner Oberland validityRegional Pass Berner Oberland area of validity.

The Bernese Oberland regional pass is a single travel pass that includes free train and bus transportation, ships and over 15 free cable car rides, and discounts on more than 40 other services in the region. 

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What does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland include?

Brienz Rothorn Bahn Bernese OberlandThe Brienz Rothorn Bahn steam train ride is included in the Regional Pass Berner Oberland. Image courtesy: Swiss Travel System

The Bernese Oberland Travel Pass includes free travel on more than 15 cable cars, train rides and cruises including:

  • Brienz Rothorn bahn steam train
  • Grindelwald to First cable way
  • Grindelwald to Mannlichen cable car
  • Grindelwald to Pfingstegg cable car
  • Grindelwald/Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg
  • Harder Kulm funicular
  • Luzern Interlaken Express 
  • Lake cruise on Lake Thun and/or Lake Brienz
  • Stechelberg to Murren cable car
  • Schynige Platte cog wheel train
  • Niesen funicular
  • Stockhorn
  • Niederhorn
  • Mountain railways Meiringen-Hasliberg
  • Murren – Allmendhubel funicular
  • Lake Oeschinen cable way (Kandersteg)

How long is the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass valid?

The Pass can be purchased for durations of 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 consecutive days and can be used between 19 April and 31 October, 2020. (Some mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars close around 25 October.)


How does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland differ from the Jungfrau Travel Pass?

JungfraubahnRegional Pass Berner Oberland pass holders receive a special reduced price on the Jungfraujoch excursion. Photo courtesy Swiss Travel System.

Whilst both Passes include free travel on the Harder Kulm funicular, Schynige Platte cogwheel railway and the Grindelwald-First cable way, as well as discounted travel on the Jungfraujoch train, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland also includes additional bonuses.

Free travel on the Stechelberg to Murren cableway, Brienz Rothorn steam train and the Pfingstegg cable car is included, as are free cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz (only available on 5 to 8-day Jungfrau Travel Passes).

You can compare the value of the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, Jungfrau Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass to see which is the best value for your itinerary by clicking here.

In addition to the bonuses mentioned above, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland offers free travel on almost all railways and bus routes throughout the whole region which stretches as far as Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Gstaad and Brig.

This means that you can travel between Lucerne and Interlaken on the Luzern-Interlaken Express absolutely free.  Travel from Interlaken as far as Saanen (near Gstaad) on the GoldenPass Line is also included, with a 50% discount offered on the final leg from Saanen to Montreux.

A number of cable cars in Lenk, Adelboden and Kandersteg are also heavily discounted for Regional Pass holders.

More than 40 travel partners also offer discounts to Pass holders.  These discounts apply to entry fees and activities in the region.

Where the Jungfrau Travel Pass includes transport and mountain excursions in the Jungfrau Region only, the Berner Oberland Travel Pass extends its reach to areas further afield.

To see the area of validity of the Pass, click here.


What other bonuses apply to the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

Bonus offers available to Pass holders include:

  • Single or return fares on Gelmberbahn for just CHF 3
  • Free travel on the Stechelberg to Murren cableway
  • Half price travel on the Murren to Schilthorn cableway
  • 10% discount on a number of adventure activities from Outdoor Interlaken including Canyon Swing, bungy jumping, family river rafting, Rope Park Interlaken, and more
  • 50% off travel on the GoldenPass Line between Montreux and Saanen
  • Special rate of CHF 99 for the Jungfraujoch excursion
  • 50% discount on entry to Blausee lake
  • 50% off Glacier 3000 cable car
  • 50% off Engelberg to Titlis cable car
  • and many more

What does the Regional Pass Berner Oberland cost?

The Pass is, in my opinion, very reasonably priced.  A 3-day Regional Pass Berner Oberland (2nd class travel) costs just CHF 220 with a 10-day pass costing CHF 399 per adult.  Child passes can be purchased for just CHF 30 for the same duration as the accompanying adult’s pass.

See the table below for Pass costs for the available durations for both 2nd and 1st class travel. 

Note: First class travel only applies to regular trains and lake cruises, not mountain trains or cable cars. 

Recommended retail prices are:

 Full price   Reduced price* 
 Duration2nd class1st class  2nd class1st class 
 3 DaysCHF 220CHF 264CHF 165CHF 198 
 4 DaysCHF 260 CHF 312CHF 195CHF 235
 6 DaysCHF 320 CHF 384CHF 240CHF 290
 8 DaysCHF 360CHF 430CHF 270CHF 325
 10 DaysCHF 399CHF 479CHF 299CHF 359
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*Holders of a Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card receive discounted rates on the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.  See the table above for the applicable prices. 

No discounts apply to the purchase price of the Pass for Eurail Pass holders.

Children aged 6 to 16 years can purchase a Regional Pass for CHF 30.  The Junior Travel Card and Children’s Co-travelcard are not valid.


Where do you buy the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

Schilthorn cablewayPass holders receive a 50% discount on the Schilthorn cableway. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.

The Pass is available to purchase online – CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS – or at most railway stations and Tourist Offices in the Bernese Oberland, as well as at Zurich, Geneva and Basel Airports.


How do I use my Regional Pass?

When travelling aboard trains and buses, simply show your valid Pass to the conductor or driver onboard.

For other modes of transport – cableway, funicular, ship – present your Pass at the ticket office in exchange for a ticket. 


Sightseeing in the Bernese Alps: What to do in Berner Oberland

Below you’ll find details on the top five activities to do in the Berner Oberland region.

– Jungfraujoch excursion

It’s great to enjoy some Bernese Alps travel and say you’ve been to the “Top of Europe.” While there are higher elevations in the Alps, Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres. 

When you step off you’ll find an alpine resort complete with everything from restaurants to a viewing platform at 3,571 metres, to a Snow Fun Park (where you can enjoy some fun winter sports activities during the summer!). 

Tour the Ice Palace with it’s amazing ice sculptures of animals or learn about the history of Lindt chocolate at a free exhibition on the mountaintop. You can even take an hour-long hike over a glacier to Mönchsjoch hut, no ropes or special equipment needed! 

>> Cost with Berner Oberland Regional Pass: CHF99  – Buy your pass here

– Schilthorn excursion

To get spectacular 360-degree views of the Alps, you’ll want to visit Schilthorn mountain and sit down for lunch in the revolving restaurant! Have you ever watched the 007 Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”?

This was the location for the film, so you won’t want to miss the Bond exhibition some 2,677 meters above sea level. (The restaurant also serves Bond-themed meals and drinks!). 

Not afraid of heights? You can walk out on the grated-floor Skyline observation deck or even take the “Thrill Walk” – a 200 metre pathway which clings to the cliff face and includes a rope bridge and involves crawling through a clear tube! 

And in winter, you can visit an Igloo village complete with famous Swiss fondue. 

>> Cost with Berner Oberland Regional Pass: CHF42.80  – Buy your pass here

– GoldenPass Line train 

Take three different trains from Lucerne to Montreux on a panoramic journey called the The GoldenPass Line. You’ll chug through three different mountain passes including the famous 4000-metre Alpine peaks, as well as go past eight stunning lakes.  

From start to finish, the journey will take you around 5.5 hours. During the third leg you’ll have a choice of riding either The Classic or Panoramic train. The first has an old historical luxurious feel to it, and the second is more modern.

>> Cost with Berner Oberland Regional Pass: Free except for Saanen to Montreux sector which is discounted by 50%  – Buy your pass here

– Harder Kulm excursion 

Harder Kulm is Interlaken’s resident mountain which can be reached by a quick funicular ride. At the top you’ll find a wonderful restaurant, breathtaking views, and even a playground for kids. 

After your meal, walk over to the Two Lakes Bridge where you can gaze down at Lake Thun and Lake Brienz through the glass floor and take in the stunning alpine views. 

Harder Kulm also hosts seasonal Folklore Shows complete with traditional Swiss music and costumes! 

>> Cost with Berner Oberland Regional Pass: Free – Buy your pass here

– Grindelwald-First excursion

Take a gondola ride to the top of First, and then get your adrenaline pumping. The First Glider straps four people to a mechanical eagle that zips down a zipline 800-metres-long at up to 83 km/h! 

If the eagle seems too tame, you can always take the First Flyer instead and simply sit alone in a harness suspended over the valley below. 

Not interested in an adrenaline rush? The mountain karts that you can ride down the mountain are much less terrifying but still tons of fun! 

>> Cost with Berner Oberland Regional Pass: Free (cable car from Grindelwald to First – activities are additional) – Buy your pass here


Do I need to make reservations for any of the trains?

Most trains and mountain excursions do not require advance reservations.  I do recommend you make seat reservations for the Jungfraujoch excursion (CHF 10 per person, payable at any train station ticket office in the region) and if you plan to travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and/or the GoldenPass Line.


How much money can I save with the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

Glacier3000 PeaksWalkUse your Pass for discounted travel by cable car to Glacier 3000 and experience the Peaks Walk. Photo courtesy Swiss Travel System.

To show you how much you can save by purchasing the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, I have created two itineraries which include a range of train rides and mountain excursions.   

The first itinerary includes train travel between Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Gstaad, Bern and back to Zurich, as well as numerous mountain excursions and a lake cruise.  One trip on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and two trips on the GoldenPass Line are included.


8 day itinerary : Zurich – Lucerne – Interlaken – Gstaad – Bern – Zurich | Pass cost CHF 360*

Day 1 – Zurich to Lucerne

Travel by intercity train – cost with Pass CHF 25.00 / regular price CHF 25.00

Day 2 – Lucerne | Mt Titlis excursion

Train Lucerne to Hergiswil (return) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 8.20

Hergiswil to Engelberg to Mt Titlis (return) – cost with Pass CHF 62.40 / regular price CHF 124.80

Day 3 – Lucerne to Interlaken | Lake Cruise and Harder Kulm excursion

Lucerne to Interlaken on Luzern Interlaken Express – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 33.00

Lake Thun cruise – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 70.00 (1 day, 2 lakes ticket)

Harder Kulm funicular – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 32.00 

Day 4 – Interlaken | Jungfraujoch excursions

Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken – cost with Pass CHF 99.00 / regular price CHF 210.80

Day 5 – Interlaken | Grindelwald with First and Pfingstegg excursions

Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald (return) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 22.40

Grindelwald-First cable car – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 66.00

Grindelwald Pfingstegg cable car – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 28.00

GoldenPass train near GstaadThe GoldenPass Line train between Interlaken and Saanen is included in the Regional Pass Berner Oberland. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.

Day 6 – Interlaken to Gstaad by GoldenPass Line and Glacier 3000 excursion

Interlaken to Zweisimmen – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 27.00

Zweisimmen to Gstaad on GoldenPass Line – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 11.20

Glacier 3000 Excursion from Gstaad – cost with Pass CHF 51.20  / regular price CHF 101.40

Day 7 – Gstaad to Bern by GoldenPass Line and Bern Old Town walk

Gstaad to Zweisimmen on GoldenPass Line – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 11.20

Zweisimmen to Bern – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 35.00

Bern Old Town stroll with audio guide – cost with Pass CHF 12.50 / regular price CHF 25.00 

Day 8 – Bern to Zurich

Bern to Lucerne – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 35.00

Lucerne to Zurich – cost with Pass CHF 25.00 / regular price CHF 25.00

Total cost of the above itinerary with Regional Pass – CHF 572.70

Total cost of the above itinerary without Regional Pass – CHF 891.00

You save – CHF 318.30   CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS

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Harderbahn InterlakenCatch the Harderbahn (included with your Pass) to visit Harder Kulm and the Two Lakes Bridge above Interlaken. Photo courtesy Swiss Transport System.

The second itinerary is for an extended stay in Interlaken, allowing more time to experience the attractions in the Jungfrau region.  This itinerary includes numerous mountain excursions, a lake cruise and castle visit and a visit to the Swiss Open Air Museum. 

As you will see from this itinerary, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland is still good value even if you are driving to the region and don’t need to use the train from Lucerne or Bern to get to Interlaken.

6 day Interlaken Itinerary | Pass cost CHF 320*

Day 1 – Visit to Ballenberg and Harder Kulm funicular

Train and bus from Interlaken to Ballenberg (return)  – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 23.60

Swiss Open Air Museum Ballenberg – cost with Pass CHF 21.00 / regular price CHF 28.00

Harder Kulm funicular – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 32.00

Day 2 – Jungfraujoch excursion

Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken – cost with Pass CHF 99.00 / regular price CHF 210.80

Day 3 – Grindelwald with First and Pfingstegg excursions

Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald (return) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 22.40

Grindelwald-First cable car (return trip) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 66.00

Grindelwald Pfingstegg cable car (return trip) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 28.00

(each Pass holder is also entitled to one free ride on the toboggan run)

Day 4 – Lake Thun cruise and visit

Lake Thun cruise (one way) – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 45.00

Visit Thun Castle – cost with Pass CHF 8.00 / regular price CHF 10.00

Train from Thun to Interlaken – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 17.40

Day 5 – Schilthorn excursion

Schilthorn excursion from Interlaken – cost with Pass CHF 54.00 / regular price CHF 130.40

Day 6 – Schynige Platte excursion

Schynige Platte excursion from Interlaken – cost with Pass FOC / regular price CHF 71.20

Total cost of the above itinerary with Regional Pass – CHF 502.00

Total cost of the above itinerary without Regional Pass – CHF 643.80

You save – CHF 182.80   CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASS

Subject to modifications

Note: All prices are for 2nd class travel without Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card discounts. 

Some regular train fares may be reduced if Super Saver fares are available on the day of purchase.

cruise on Lake ThunCruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are included with the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.

As you can see, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland offers incredible value as well as the freedom to travel around the region on the extensive public transport network. 

With the all-inclusive Pass, you can hop on and off trains, buses, cableways, funiculars and boats as you please by simply presenting your Pass.

Compare all regional travel passes for the Bernese Oberland by clicking here!

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