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Interlaken, Switzerland

How much does it cost to travel to Interlaken?

You should plan to spend around $239 (Sfr211) per day on your vacation in Interlaken. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $66 (Sfr59) on meals
  • $13 (Sfr12) on local transportation
  • $275 (Sfr243) on hotels

A one week trip to Interlaken for two people costs, on average, $3,343 (Sfr2,961). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Interlaken cost?

A one week trip to Interlaken usually costs around $1,671 (Sfr1,480) for one person and $3,343 (Sfr2,961) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Interlaken on average costs around $3,343 (Sfr2,961) for one person and $6,685 (Sfr5,922) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Interlaken will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Interlaken on average costs around $7,163 (Sfr6,345) for one person and $14,326 (Sfr12,689) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Interlaken has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Interlaken expensive to visit?

Prices in Interlaken are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Interlaken is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Bellagio or Basel.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Interlaken Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Interlaken?

The average Interlaken trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Interlaken travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) Sfr243 ($275)
Local Transportation 1 Sfr12 ($13)
Food 2 Sfr59 ($66)
Entertainment 1 Sfr95 ($107)
Alcohol 2 Sfr8 - 23 ($9 - 26)
Accommodation Budget in Interlaken
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Interlaken is $137 (Sfr122). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Interlaken is $275 (Sfr243). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Interlaken

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Interlaken based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $147. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Interlaken
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Interlaken is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 (Sfr12) per person, per day, on local transportation in Interlaken.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Interlaken?

Typical prices for Transportation in Interlaken are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Interlaken, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Cable Cars (for 2)

Food Budget in Interlaken
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Interlaken can vary, the average cost of food in Interlaken is $66 (Sfr59) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Interlaken should cost around $26 (Sfr23) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Interlaken is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Interlaken?

Typical prices for Food in Interlaken are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Interlaken, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Tea at Interlaken

Entertainment Budget in Interlaken
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Interlaken typically cost an average of $107 (Sfr95) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Interlaken
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  • The average person spends about $18 (Sfr16) on alcoholic beverages in Interlaken per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Interlaken
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.41 (Sfr1.25) on bottled water in Interlaken per day. The public water in Interlaken is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Interlaken On a Budget
Interlaken Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken is a small city that is located in the Bernese Highlands Region of central Switzerland. It sits pleasantly between two Alpine Lakes, Brienzersee and Thunersee. This scenic setting and its easy accessibility make it a popular base camp for travel into the Bernese Oberland Alps. It has become a top tourist destination in Switzerland and it is also a hub for outdoor sports enthusiasts with plenty of hiking, skiing, paragliding, and other activities in the region.. Interlaken is a great hoping off point to explore many of the nearby mountains, lakes, and valleys, too. It offers easy transportation to most major Swiss cities by train or car.
Most people head out of Interlaken to see the surrounding areas, but there are several interesting places to explore in the city itself as well. The Hoheweg is the main shopping street in town and it runs between Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost Railway stations. You'll likely find yourself on the street frequently. It has a good number of souvenir shops and a view of the famous Jungfrau mountain. Also wander into the "Japanese Garden" which is a 150 year old Victorian Jungfrau Grand Hotel. Make sure you head out to Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site above Interlaken in the Bernese Alps. Unterseen is also worth visiting. It's a small town near the Interlaken West station. It has some nice shops and bakeries and is pleasant to walk around. For even more ideas, check out this terrific article about things to do in Interlaken, Switzerland which covers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities.
Interlaken is located between two large lakes and is near many popular mountain resorts, many of which are connected by cable car or funicular railways. The town center has the highest concentration of shopping. The main shopping area is along the street of Hoheweg.

Popular activities in Interlaken include shopping, biking, hiking and adventure sports.

This city is also a great place to use a base on a winter ski trip in Switzerland because it's fairly central and has good connections to nearby mountain regions. As you're in the heart of the Alps, snow skiing and snowboarding are quite popular!

It's also fun to take a trip on the mountain railways. Jungfraujoch is the most well known and popular (ticket prices here). Another great option is the Brienzer Rothorn train ride, which provides some very scenic views from an old steam train.
Food and Dining
Many traditional Swiss dishes are available in Interlaken. There are some touristy restaurants that have reliable and good food, and there are some hidden gems if you're willing to seek out places that are more off the beaten path. One popular favorite for tourists is Bebbis Restaurant. They serve traditional food including fondue and raclette. It's located conveniently near the Interlaken West train station. Another popular favorite among out-of-towners and locals alike is Grand Cafe Restaurant Schuh, which is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. It has a chocolate show and a great view of the city, making it a favorite for tourists. You can choose between three types of fondue as well as raclette.

International food is also readily available in Interlaken. Kang Chon Central, near Interlaken West station, has Korean food that is reasonably priced. My Little Thai is decent Thai food for those on a budget. Dinner reservations are recommended. El Azteca is a Mexican restaurant that is located in the Hotel Blume. It is good and authentic but can be expensive, particularly for those who are used to Mexican food prices in the United States.

If you're on a particularly tight budget, there are plenty of supermarkets where you can buy supplies and prepare your own meals. Coop Supermarket has the makings for sandwiches and is affordable and convenient. ALDI is a German supermarket chain that is cheap and perhaps your best option if you're looking to save money on food. They have the supplies to make good sandwiches, a microwave oven you can use, and entrees that are ready made. They are inconveniently located though, outside of the town center.

Most people choose to walk or bike around Interlaken. It is a small city and most of the points of interest are accessible on foot. Taxis are also available and can usually be found at either the train station or at larger hotels.

There are two railway stations in Interlaken. These are Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West. They are both served by the BLS AG's Thunerseee line that connects Spiez, Thun, Bern and other cities throughout Switzerland. The ost station is also where you will find the Berner Oberland railway. This is the first step for many routes into the Jungfrau region, including Europe's highest station at the Jungfraujoch.

Boat service is available for those traveling across Lake Brienze to Brienz, as well as across Lake Thun to Spiez and Thun. These boats are run by BLS AG. You can catch the boats on Lake Thun at a quay that is next to the West station. The boats on Lake Brienz can be caught at a quay on the Aar river near Ost station.

There are two funicular railways that take visitors up to enjoy view of the surrounding area. These are the Harderbahn and the Heimwehfluhbahn.

Additionally, there are local and regional buses that are run by PostBus Switzerland. The regional bus service to Thun is run by Verkehrsbetriebe STI.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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