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Regional Pass Berner Oberland 2020: Info, Prices and Inclusions

November 20, 2019
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If you’re planning a visit to Switzerland that will include the mighty Jungfrau, Interlaken, Lake Thun or Grindelwald, among other population tourist destinations, you’ll be entering the Berner Oberland administrative district in the south of Bern canton. 

If this is the case, you might already have heard of the Berner Oberland Regional Pass, but what exactly is it, and is it something you should consider purchasing before your visit? 

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about the Regional Pass Berner Oberland.

Click here to buy your Berner Oberland Regional Pass

(Note: Although the official name of the pass is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland, in this guide we’ll also refer to it as the Berner Oberland Regional Pass.)

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What is the Regional Pass Berner Oberland?

The Regional Pass Berner Oberland is a tourist pass which offers visitors free travel on almost all public transport in the region. Fifteen different cable car routes are included, as well as almost all train, bus, mountain railway, cable car and boat routes that connect Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken and Brig. 

The pass also offers discounts for 40 different activities in the region.

Validity of Berner Oberland Regional-Pass

Passes can be purchased that last 3, 4, 6, 8, or 10 consecutive days. As a seasonal pass, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland can be used from 19 April until 25 October, 2020. 

Cost of Berner Oberland Regional Pass for 2020

Regular Price
2nd Class
Regular Price
1st Class
Reduced Fare*
2nd Class
Reduced Fare*
1st Class
3 DaysCHF 220CHF 264CHF 165CHF 198BUY NOW
4 DaysCHF 260CHF 312CHF 195CHF 235BUY NOW
6 DaysCHF 320CHF 384CHF 240CHF 290BUY NOW
8 DaysCHF 360CHF 430CHF 270CHF 325BUY NOW
10 DaysCHF 399CHF 479CHF 299CHF 359BUY NOW

Regional Pass Berner Oberland discounts

*Holders of the Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Half-Fare Card receive a discount on the price of the Regional Pass Berner Oberland.  Refer to the table above for discounted rates.

The Regional-Pass is available for children aged from 6 to 16 years for just CHF 30.  Children under six travel free of charge.

Where to buy the Berner Oberland Regional Pass

The pass can be purchased at major railway stations and tourist attractions in the region but in order to make use of your pass as soon as you arrive in the Berner Oberland region, the best bet is to order your pass online.  For convenience, passes can be delivered by email.

To download a map of the area of validity of Regional-Pass Berner Oberland, click here.

Activities and excursions included in the Berner Oberland Regional Pass

Below you’ll find details of just some of the excursions included in the Berner Oberland Regional Pass including the savings you can make as a pass-holder. For a full list of inclusions, click here.

Brienzer Rothorn Bahn

This 125-year-old steam-powered mountain railway not only harks back to an earlier time as it climbs from the town of Brienz to 2,351-metre high Brienzer Rothorn mountain, but also offers up what are often considered the best panoramic views in the entire Berner Oberland region through its large picture windows. 

As part of the landscape for so long, the train is all but ignored by the animal species that call the mountain home, including ibex and chamois goat, which can regularly be found feeding close to the tracks.

Operates: 6 June to 25 October, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 92 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 92Buy Now

Image courtesy Swiss Travel System

Schynige Platte

The only rack and pinion railway of its kind anywhere in Switzerland, let alone Berner Oberland, the Wilderswil-Schynige Platte railway uses original locomotives and carriages from the late 1800s. 

Taking around 50 minutes to complete the seven-kilometre route, the journey offers views of some of the most-important mountains in the Alps, including the Eiger and Jungfrau. 

The railway allows visits to travel to style, stay the night in the mountain hotel (click here to check prices), admire Switzerland’s only alpine garden, or enjoy a coffee at Breitlauenen middle station.

Operates: 30 May to 25 October, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 71.20 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 71.20Buy Now

Image courtesy Jungfrau Region

Niesen Bahn

Another mountain railway that is not to be missed, and free with the Berner Oberland Regional Pass, is the funicular railway that runs up the side of the pyramid-shaped Mount Niesen. 

Its lower station at Mülenen is easily accessible by bus or train, while the single-carriage funicular runs on a track with gradients up to 68%. 

At the summit, Niesendörfli, lying 2,362 metres above sea level, you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained, whether you’d prefer the many hiking trails, information path, or Berghaus restaurant.

Operates: 18 April to 15 November, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 59 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 59Buy Now

Image courtesy Niesen.ch

Stockhorn

Running from Erlenbach in the Simmental to the summit of Stockhorn mountain, the Stockhorn railway provides the easiest means of capturing the mesmerising panoramic views that take in more than 200 peaks, including Mount Titlis, and can extend as far as the Alsace and Black Forest. 

The summit is just a few metres away from the upper station, and boasts a glass floor from where visitors can not only look out, but also down!

Operates: April to November, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 58 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 58Buy Now


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First (Mount Schwarzhorn)

Rising to a height of 2,166 metres, First is one of the smaller summits on Mount Schwarzhorn. However, don’t let this put you off, since it is also the site of the upper cable car station that starts in Grindelwald and also stops at the intermediate stations of Bort and Schreckfeld. 

The six-seat gondolas make the full-length journey in 25 minutes. What’s more, First is making a name for itself as a destination for the adventurous, with the First Flyer zipline, mountain carts, scooter rides and Cliff Walk by Tissot just some of the activities available. (Most activities incur additional costs.)

Operates: Until 27 October, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 60 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 60Buy Now

Grindelwald First
Image courtesy Jungfrau Region

Männlichen 

This delightful alpine peak can be reached by way of the Wengen-Männlichen cable car, whose spacious gondolas not only incorporate floor to ceiling windows all the way round but also an external viewing platform that rests on the top of the gondola and is accessed via an internal staircase. 

You’ll understand why the external platform is so popular when you see your first glimpses of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. 

Then, when you reach the upper station at 2,222 metres, there’s the chance to follow the recently-completed Royal Walk, which leads to the mountain’s summit, a further 150 metres away.

Operates: 9 May to 25 October, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 48 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 48Buy Now

Image courtesy maennlichen.ch

Harder Kulm 

Interlaken’s own mountain, Mt. Harder, makes a great half-day excursion.  The Harder bahn (funicular) station is a five minute walk from the Interlaken Ost railway station and in just ten minutes you reach the summit.

The highlight of any visit is the panoramic view of the surrounding Alps and lakes Thun and Brienz from the Two Lakes Bridge.

A restaurant, walking trails and children’s playground can also be found at Harder Kulm.

Operates: Mid-April to early December, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 38 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 38Buy Now

Oeschinensee 

The incredible blue hues of Oeschinen Lake, part of the UNESCO-listed Jungfrau-Aletsch site, can be admired by taking the Kandersteg-Oeschinen cable car. 

With a depth of up to 56 metres, the lake is home to Arctic char, as well as lake and rainbow trout, with ice fishing and ice skating popular activities during the months of December to May when the lake’s surface is frozen over. 

Rowing boats can be hired for pleasure journeys across the lake, and there’s also a year-round toboggan-run suitable for all ages.

Operates: Year round except for annual maintenance (see closure dates here)

Regular ticket price: CHF 30 | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: CHF 30Buy Now

Blausee

The Blausee, or Blue Lake, has even more startling colours than the Oeschinensee. 

Located in the Blausee National Park, after admiring the beautiful colours of the lake, you can enjoy a glass-bottom boat trip, let the kids run riot in the children’s playground, or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in the hotel, overlooking the lake. 

The lake can be reached by bus from either Frutigen or Kandersteg.

Open: Year round

Regular ticket price: CHF 8 to CHF 10 | Cost with pass: CHF 4 or CHF 5 | You save: CHF 4 or CHF 5Buy Now

Bern

The capital of Switzerland has a population of just 140,000, making it feel much more like a pleasantly-sized, and very attractive, town rather than a large major city. 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, the old town dates back to the medieval period, with its most famous sight from this time perhaps being the Zytglogge clock. 

Also not to be missed are the fifteenth-century cathedral and town hall, while children will have a great time watching the bears after which the city is named at the Dählhölzli Zoo.

Regular ticket price: Varies depending on starting point | Cost with pass: FREE travel within the area of validity – Buy Now

Bern Switzerland

Gstaad

With the Berner Oberland Regional Pass you can connect easily between Gstaad and destinations including Turbach and the Lauenensee. 

If you’re visiting Gstaad in winter you won’t want to miss the town’s major ski resort, which has welcomed everyone from Princess Diana to Madonna, while in the summer months the cross-country slopes become marked hiking trails suitable for all levels of ability.

Regular ticket price: Varies depending on starting point | Cost with pass: FREE travel within the area of validity – Buy Now


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Lucerne

There are a variety of ways of reaching Lucerne (Luzern) as part of the Berner Oberland Regional Pass. The most direct is probably the Luzern-Interlaken Express train, one leg of the popular GoldenPass Line.

It offers its passengers panoramic picture windows from which to enjoy the sights around the Brünig Pass (where the train makes a stop), waterfalls, alpine scenery and five lakes. 

Alternatively, you could take the Lucerne-Engelberg Express (with tickets discounted 50% for pass holders). While there are many activities to enjoy once in Lucerne, no trip is complete without a gentle stroll around the cobbled streets of its Altstadt (Old Town).

Regular ticket price: Varies depending on starting point | Cost with pass: FREE travel within the area of validity – Buy Now

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Activities and excursions discounted with the Berner Oberland Regional Pass

Pass holders also receive discounts from 40 additional partners.  Discounts include:

Schilthorn Piz Gloria

Schilthorn mountain sits above the village of Mürren, however the chain of cable cars that take visitors to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant at its very top begin at Stechelberg, running to Mürren via Gimmelwald. 

This part of the journey is free with the Berner Oberland Regional Pass, while the next cable car from Mürren to Birg and then Schilthorn itself offers discounts of 50% with the pass. 

You’ll want to make the journey to the peak not only because of the spectacular scenery that can be observed from its 2,970-metre height, but also because Piz Gloria played such a central role in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where it doubled as the lair for Bond’s enemy, Blofeld.

Operates: Year round except for annual maintenance (see closure dates here)

Regular ticket price: CHF 108 (from Stechelberg) | Cost with pass: CHF 42.80 | You save: CHF 65.20Buy Now

Schilthorn cableway in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland.

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Connecting the peaks of the Jungfrau and Mönch, Jungfraujoch is itself almost 3,500-metres above sea level. The mountain railway that leads towards Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, took 16 years to complete because of the difficult terrain. 

Now running for more than a century, the journey takes two hours and 15 minutes from Interlaken and is one of Switzerland’s most popular day trips.

Whilst the journey to the Top of Europe is a highlight in itself, at the summit there are plenty of activities, shops and restaurants to keep you entertained.

Our tip: Allow at least six hours for your excursion

Operates: Year round

Regular ticket price: CHF 234.80 (from Interlaken) | Cost with pass: CHF 99 | You save: CHF 135.80Buy Now

Switzerland in Summer

Gelmer Bahn

This incredible funicular ride started life as a freight line transporting building material up the steep sides of the mountain. Today it is dedicated to transporting passengers to its upper station at over 1,800 metres. 

With a maximum incline of 106%, it is not only an engineering marvel, but also the steepest open funicular in Europe – there are no windows to spoil the view! 

Operates: Weekends from 23 May, 2020; daily from 6 June to 19 October, 2020

Regular ticket price: CHF 32 | Cost with pass: CHF 29 | You save: CHF 3Buy Now

Image courtesy Jungfrau Region

Cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

Cruises on Lakes Thun (the largest lake in the Berner Oberland region) and Brienz are a wonderfully-relaxing way in which to take in much of what the region has to offer. 

The elegant fleet of vessels, which include special journeys by the one-hundred-year-old steamship Blümlisalp on Lake Thun during the summer and Christmas periods, ply the waters of both lakes throughout the day.

Operates: April to October, 2020

Regular ticket price: from CHF 54 return (Interlaken to Brienz) | Cost with pass: FREE | You save: from CHF 54Buy Now

Cruise on Lake Thun, Switzerland

Here are just some of the other discounts holders of the Regional Pass Berner Oberland are entitled to:

  • Jungfrau Park Interlaken – 50% off 1 day entry
  • Glacier 3000 – 50% off cable car fare
  • Engelberg to Titlis cable car – 50% off
  • Aare Gorge – 30% discount
  • Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum – 25% discount
  • Mini Golf Spiez – 20% discount
  • Bodelibahn Tourist Train (Interlaken) – 20% discount
  • Canoeing Lake Thun – 20% discount
  • Scenic helicopter flights from Lauterbrunnen or Gstaad – 10% discount
  • Outdoor Interlaken – 10% off the price of numerous activities
  • Thun, Spiez and Oberhofen Castles – reduced entry
  • St. Beatus Caves – reduced entry

Not all discounted activities are shown above.


As you can see from the above examples, the Regional Pass Berner Oberland is great value and can save you a lot of money.  If you plan on spending two or more days in the area and intend to take a couple of mountain excursions, I highly recommend you purchase the pass.

Still not convinced? You can compare the price of the Regional Pass Berner Oberland with other Swiss rail passes and individual ticket prices by downloading a copy of my Interlaken region rail pass comparison sheet. Grab your copy here!


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