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. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Interlaken has to offer.

When to visit Interlaken

Interlaken in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Interlaken in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Interlaken in July, when the average temperature is 62.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 73.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 24.8 °F, with an average temperature of 30.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 5.7″. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Interlaken, with an average rainfall of 3″.

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How to Get to Interlaken


Although Interlaken doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Basel All airports (EAP), which is located 62 miles from Interlaken. Zurich Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from SWISS, Delta, United Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest flight to Interlaken from the United States departs from New York and takes around 7h 35m.


SBB is the most popular train carrier serving Interlaken, followed by Deutsche Bahn. The train journey from Interlaken to Basel takes 0h 58m and costs around $17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Munich, expect to pay about $22 for a 3h 35m trip. Located 0.4 miles from the city center, Interlaken Ost is the busiest station in Interlaken. Another popular train station is Interlaken West, located 0.6 miles from the center.


Another option to get to Interlaken is to pick up a car rental from Zurich, which is about 57 miles from Interlaken. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Hertz, among others, in Zurich.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Interlaken, including FlixBus, Regiojet and Bus. From Stuttgart, the bus ride to Interlaken takes 190 miles and will cost you around $33. From Munich, the ticket costs about $22 for a journey of 220 miles.

Airports near Interlaken

Airlines serving Interlaken

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Brussels Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Interlaken

From 5-star hotels such as the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage to great affordable options like the Brienzersee, Interlaken offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $195 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $368 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

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Excellent (8.9, 872 reviews)
Hotel-Restaurant Burgseeli
Excellent (8.8, 340 reviews)
Hotel Interlaken
Excellent (8.6, 1640 reviews)
Gasthof Schoenegg B&B
Excellent (8.5, 971 reviews)
Stella Swiss Quality Hotel
Excellent (8.5, 607 reviews)
Hotel Du Nord
Excellent (8.4, 1081 reviews)
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Renting a car in Interlaken

Renting a car in Interlaken costs $134 per day, on average, or $269 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 43% more expensive than at Zurich.

Expect to pay $8.03 per gallon in Interlaken (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $96.30 and $128.40.