Luzern Interlaken Express

The journey is its own reward: the ride on the Luzern–Interlaken Express connects two world-famous destinations and draws to its close more quickly than one would like – thanks to mountain panorama, turquoise lakes and countless waterfalls that adorn the scenery.

Lucerne and Interlaken are without a doubt two of the most popular Swiss tourist destinations. However, a delightful experience to rival the beauty of the cities is the route that connects them: stepping on board in Central Switzerland, sitting back and relaxing, and arriving in the Jungfrau region duly impressed by breathtaking scenic splendour – all in just under two hours. That’s the Luzern–Interlaken Express. During 365 days every 60 minutes.

Along the way, the premium panoramic train passes five crystal clear mountain lakes as well as several waterfalls and rivers. Shortly after Giswil, the train switches to cog drivetrain technology and winds its way up to the Brünig Pass. After the descent it soon arrives at Brienz, a popular starting point for boat cruises on the lake with the same name. Also well worth a visit: the open-air museum Ballenberg.

Lucern Interlaken Express

Highlights along the route

Five lakes in just under two hours


Few other lines pass these many lakes: shortly after leaving Lucerne, Lake Lucerne and Lake Alpnach come into view on the left-hand side, followed by Lake Sarnen and the idyllic Lake Lungern. For the last half hour, the route leads along Lake Brienz, shimmering in beautiful turquoise. The journey ends at Interlaken, situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.

Bistro: the rolling à-la-carte restaurant

Whether breakfast offers, regularly changing lunch menus or themed culinary specialities: the bistro team provides whatever the hungry traveller’s heart desires.

Foxtrail “Hermes” – out and about with Zentralbahn

Foxtrail is an entertaining recreational adventure for friends and families keen on exploring new things. The “fox” roams around and through the train, leaves its tracks in the beautiful landscapes and lets its trackers rediscover the countryside as well as the railway world. Those who want to stay hard on the heels – or paws – of the cunning beast have to use their brains, creativity, and power of observation. The ingenious group adventure makes for a perfect
day trip for all participants

Facts & Figures

Year-round operation

■ Panoramic windows in 1st as well as 2nd class
■ Six wheelchair spaces and one wheelchair-accessible toilet available

À la carte restaurant “Bistro”

■ No surcharges required in addition to a valid ticket
■ Seat reservation recommended but not required; reservation fee
  per person and direction:
  01 Jan–14 May 2022             CHF 10
  15 May–30 Oct 2022             CHF 14
  31 Oct–31 Dec 2022               CHF 10

Interlaken Ost–Luzern:
Every hour from 07.04–20.04 h

Luzern–Interlaken Ost
Every hour from 06.06–21.06 h