Interlaken West railway station
|Location||Bahnhofstrasse 28, Interlaken, Bern|
|Owned by||BLS AG|
|Line(s)||Thunersee line (BLS AG)|
Interlaken West is a railway station in the resort town of Interlaken, in the Swiss canton of Bern. It is on the Thunersee line of the BLS AG, and is one of two stations in the town, the other being Interlaken Ost. In addition to trains operated directly by the BLS, the station is also reached by passenger trains of the Swiss Federal Railways, Deutsche Bahn and TGV Lyria.
The lines through the station are standard gauge and are electrified at 15 kV AC. There are two tracks, narrowing to a single track at either end of the station, and each track is served by a side platform. The station building is situated on the eastern platform.
The station also provides an interchange with the local bus network provided by PostBus Switzerland and the regional bus line to Thun provided by Verkehrsbetriebe STI. Ships of the BLS-owned fleet on Lake Thun serve a quay at Interlaken West, which they access via the 2.75-kilometre (1.71 mi) long Interlaken ship canal.
Originally known simply as Interlaken, Interlaken West was the first station to be opened in the town, when the Bödelibahn railway reached it from Därligen, on Lake Thun in 1872. Two years later the railway was extended to Bönigen, on Lake Brienz, via Interlaken Zollhaus station.
Over time, Zollhaus station became the more important station, being also served by the Brünig railway and the Bernese Oberland railway. As a result, Interlaken station was renamed Interlaken West, and Interlaken Zollhaus was renamed Interlaken Ost.
The following services currently call at Interlaken West:
|SBB||InterCity||Basel SBB - Olten - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost||1 per hour|
|BLS||InterRegio||Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost|
|BLS||Regio||Spiez - Faulensee - Leissigen - Därligen - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost||1 per hour|
|BLS||RegioExpress||Zweisimmen - Boltigen - Erlenbach im Simmental - Oey-Diemtigen - Wimmis - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost||3 per day||Golden Pass Panorama train|
|Deutsche Bahn||ICE||Berlin Hbf - Kassel - Frankfurt Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf - Basel SBB - Liestal - Olten - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost||4 per day|
|TGV Lyria||TGV||Paris-Gare de Lyon - Dijon - Frasne - Pontarlier - Neuchâtel - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost||1 per day|
- Media related to Interlaken West at Wikimedia Commons
- Interlaken West station on Swiss Federal Railway's web site
|Preceding station||SNCF||Following station|
|Preceding station||Deutsche Bahn||Following station|
towards Berlin Ostbahnhof
|Preceding station||SBB-CFF-FFS||Following station|
toward Basel SBB
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