Interlaken travel guide

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You're Going to Love Interlaken

With a population of 5,067, Interlaken is a must-see destination in Bern, Switzerland. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Interlaken deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

When to visit Interlaken

Interlaken in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 219
1 night at 3-star hotel
Interlaken in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 219
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Interlaken in July, when the average temperature is 17 °C, and the highest can go up to 23 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -4 °C, with an average temperature of -1 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 145 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Interlaken, with an average rainfall of 75 mm.

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How to Get to Interlaken

Plane

Although Interlaken doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Basel All airports (EAP), which is located 99 km from Interlaken. The shortest flight to Interlaken from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 7h 55m.

Train

SNCF is the most popular train carrier serving Interlaken, followed by ÖBB. The train journey from Interlaken to Basel takes 0h 53m and costs around C$ 27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Geneva, expect to pay about C$ 76 for a 2h 41m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Interlaken Ost is the busiest station in Interlaken. Another popular train station is Interlaken Interlaken West, located 1.0 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Interlaken is to pick up a car rental from Zurich, which is about 92 km from Interlaken. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Europcar, among others, in Zurich.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Interlaken, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and Regiojet. From Friedrichshafen, the bus ride to Interlaken takes 225 km and will cost you around C$ 21. From Kornwestheim, the ticket costs about C$ 23 for a journey of 338 km.

Plane

Although Interlaken doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Basel All airports (EAP), which is located 99 km from Interlaken. The shortest flight to Interlaken from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 7h 55m.

Train

SNCF is the most popular train carrier serving Interlaken, followed by ÖBB. The train journey from Interlaken to Basel takes 0h 53m and costs around C$ 27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Geneva, expect to pay about C$ 76 for a 2h 41m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Interlaken Ost is the busiest station in Interlaken. Another popular train station is Interlaken Interlaken West, located 1.0 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Interlaken is to pick up a car rental from Zurich, which is about 92 km from Interlaken. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Europcar, among others, in Zurich.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Interlaken, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and Regiojet. From Friedrichshafen, the bus ride to Interlaken takes 225 km and will cost you around C$ 21. From Kornwestheim, the ticket costs about C$ 23 for a journey of 338 km.

Airports near Interlaken

Airlines serving Interlaken

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,651 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,569 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (486 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,104 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,416 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,024 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (855 reviews)
LOT
Good (678 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (802 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,173 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (840 reviews)
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Where to stay in Interlaken

Average rates range from around C$ 340 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 732 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Interlaken Youth Hostel and Post Hardermannli.

Where to stay in popular areas of Interlaken

Most booked hotels in Interlaken

Hotel Interlaken
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 368+
Interlaken Youth Hostel
1 star
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 100+
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 434+
Hotel Berghof Amaranth
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 232+
Hotel Weisses Kreuz
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 261+
The Hey Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 307+

Renting a car in Interlaken

Renting a car in Interlaken costs C$ 162 per day, on average, or C$ 324 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 41% more expensive than at Zurich.

Expect to pay C$ 2.90 per litre in Interlaken (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 34.76 and C$ 46.35. The most frequently booked car type in Interlaken is Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Fiat 500 or similar) are, on average, 59% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Interlaken costs C$ 162 per day, on average, or C$ 324 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 41% more expensive than at Zurich.

Expect to pay C$ 2.90 per litre in Interlaken (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 34.76 and C$ 46.35. The most frequently booked car type in Interlaken is Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Fiat 500 or similar) are, on average, 59% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.