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Feb 11th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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Does anyone know how late the trains run from Interlaken to Wengen?

The last train most days leaves Interlaken-Ost station at 22:02, arriving Wengen 22:44 but there is a bus-train link leaving Interlaken-Ost at 23:04, arriving Wengen 23:44 - with a train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen.

Check schedules at www.bahn.de - the easiest site for me to use for any European train ride (for a good link to the English schedule page of www.bahn.de go to the home page of www.budgeteuropetravel.com and click on the lin 'Best On-Line European Train Schedule" (or some such wording) and this brings you to the English schedule page where you simply put in Interlaken-Ost in the From box and Wengen in the To: box - I mention this home page link because they also give you several good tips on using the www.bahn.de site that may not be apparent to first-time users - for all your day trips you can get the train times, etc. You can also use the www.sbb.ch or Swiss Federal Railways site for schedules but to me it is not as quick or easy but then I have not used it all that much.
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Feb 12th, 2013, 10:50 AM
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Note about taking the train from Interlaken-Ost to Wengen - Interlaken-Ost is the East station - the last stop on mainline trains coming from Spiez and the west and the jumping off place to hop on the usually waiting on the opposite platform trains to Lauterbrunnen (change their for Wengen) and Grindelwald.

But note that the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald trains are joined into one train at Interlaken-Ost and this train splits half-way en route to either - be SURE you board a train car marked Lauterbrunnen - every time I take this train there are always flummoxed tourists who have boarded the wrong half of the train and are told by the conductor to get off at Zweilutschenen (sp?) and get on the other half of the train - as these trains are often IME packed to the gills you may have trouble getting a seat if you have to transfer here.

So at Interlaken-ost be sure to board the correct half of the train!
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Feb 12th, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Most of our days in Wengen were spent hiking and lunches were picked up at COOP-sandwiches, fruit, water, yogurt,etc Take some plastic spoons for the yogurt-buying a pack of them would be an extra expense. There is a place in Wengen for doing laundry and the detergent was pricey at COOP. We made the best decision ever to take half board at Hotel Alpenrose. The owner is a chef and the meals are great. Don't know if you will spend time in Zurich but IMO it rivals Tokyo and London as being a very expensive city.
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Feb 12th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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Sure Switzerland can be expensive but 300CHF per day for one person for a train ticket, eating, and walking around money is plenty!

Sandwiches from bakeries are great and easy to find. Prepared foods from the grocery store (like quiche, pate, etc.) Lunches at the 'workmens' type mom & pop cafes (look for the daily special written on a chalkboard) are very good value. Drink 'house' wine by the carafe, don't order bottled. Like that. You'll be fine.
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Feb 13th, 2013, 09:09 AM
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The 300CHF will be for just food, sightseeing, and shopping. The train ticket will already be purchased. Thinking about doing the half fare card and buying point to point tickets. From what I am finding online with supersaver fares, these ticket prices are better than the Swiss Pass. For 8 days in 2nd class, the cost is 441CHF for the pass. Using the supersaver fare for point to point tickets, the cost is 397CHF. Either way, that money is not included in the 300CHF per day.

THANK YOU PalenQ about the train information. I would have definitely been one of those crazy tourists on the wrong train.
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Feb 13th, 2013, 10:29 AM
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Your budget is fine. I'm no expert on train travel or Wengen, but I've been to Switzerland 5 times (friends live vevey/montreux area) and while I agree it is generally "expensive" you have budgeted plenty for what you want to see & do.
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Feb 13th, 2013, 03:07 PM
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300 CHF per day is plenty.

Agree that you should seriously consider the Half Fare Card, although I've not heard of the supersaver fare (?)

We used to buy the Swiss Saver Pass, but used the Half Fare Card on our latest visit and saved a wee bit of money.

It depends on what you want to do though...if you plan to hop a train for a long trip every day the Swiss Pass is a good idea, but if you just plan to take short jaunts around Wengen/Lauterbrunnen/Murren/Grindelwald, the Half Fare Card makes sense, as the actual point-to-point tickets are fairly reasonable on short journeys.

Do the math on what trips you plan to take (fares available online) and go from there.

Enjoy Switzerland!
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