Full steam ahead to the Rothorn Kulm

Climb the mountain without breaking a sweat: chugging along alpine meadows and through lush forests on the rack railway built in 1892, you approach a breathtaking panorama under your own steam. On a clear day, the Rothorn offers you a magnificent view of no fewer than 693 peaks. And if the view or a brisk hike has made you hungry, the Mountain Hotel Rothorn Kulm team is ready to treat you to some hearty delicacies.

Planalp spring from 7 May to 3 June 2022

Brienz departures

Brienz BRB10.0011.4514.0015.45

Planalp departures

Brienz BRB11.1513.3015.2017.00

Regular service from 4 June to 23 October 2022

Brienz departures

Brienz BRB07.36*08.3609.4010.4511.4512.5813.5814.5816.36

Rothorn Kulm departures

Brienz BRB10.10*10.3812.2013.3014.3215.3216.3217.3218.40

*These trains run every Saturday and Sunday in July, August and September.

Masks are mandatory during the whole trip (no certificate required).

Our fares at a glance


Price per person in CHF1/21/1Children 6-15yJunior Travelcard
Brienz → Rothorn47.0094.0010.000.00
Hiking Ticket39.5075.0010.000.00
Brienz → Rothorn → Sörenberg63.50127.0028.500.00
Brienz → Planalp31.0062.0010.000.00
0836 ticket Brienz → Rothorn37.5075.0010.000.00
Price per person in CHF1/21/1Children 6-15yJunior Travelcard
Brienz → Rothorn30.5061.005.000.00
Brienz → Rothorn → Sörenberg41.0082.0028.500.00
Brienz → Planalp20.0040.005.000.00
0836 ticket Brienz → Rothorn24.5049.005.000.00

1/2 = Fares with half fare card, Swiss (Travel) Pass or Day Cards

Avoid waiting times at the ticket counter by buying your ticket online for your desired departure time:

If you take the first train in the morning leaving Brienz at 08.36 a.m., you will benefit from the special fare discount over the entire season – from fares as low as CHF 24.50. The special-fare tickets are limited (100 pcs).

You travel by train for three sections, and hike the fourth. Example: Brienz → Planalp → Rothorn train ride / Rothorn → Planalp hike / Planalp → Brienz train ride. You can choose which section you’d like to hike; this won’t affect the validity of your ticket.

Unlimited rides throughout the whole season: the BRB season ticket is available for adults at CHF 270.00 and for children at CHF 30.00. The season ticket is valid on all timetable trains (except for special trips / evening trips).

All children below the age of 6 years ride for free. Please note that the steam train causes noise and steam and this can cause stress for small children. A seat a bit further from the locomotive is recommended.

One dog per person rides for free, each additional dog costs CHF 10.00. Please note that the steam train causes noise and steam and this can cause stress for your dog. A seat a bit further from the locomotive is recommended.

Reserved groups of 10 or more adults benefit from a 30 % discount on the regular fare. No free rides, not cumulative with the Guest Card from Brienz (or other destinations). For reservations (no later than two days prior to arrival), write to info(at)brb.ch or call 033 952 22 22.

Ask us for our special package for Swiss Schools (1st to 9th Primary level year).

  • Brienz Guest Card: according to seperate terms. Not valid for packages (train and restaurants) or tickets which include cable cars. Not cumulative with group discounts.
  • Regional-Pass Berner Oberland: according to separate terms
  • Tellpass: according to seperate terms
  • Attractive Railaway packages available at railaway.ch

«A trip up to Rothorn is a must with multiple pleasures!»

Markus Geisseler

«A delicious Rothorn rösti on the terrace with a wonderful view over the lake. Simply satisfied.»

Daniel Schädeli
Head of infrastructure

«The desserts at the mountain hotel - mhhh they are delicious.»

Bruno Zurbuchen
Head of roll material

«With our train to the most beautiful hiking area.»

Ruedi Gautschi

«Let others work and ride the steam train! Have a good trip, a beautiful day, with the best view.»

Irène Wernli
Counter Brienz

«The mighty mountain range, the rich nature and the unique Lake Brienz - you can see it all at the Brienz Rothorn Railway.»

Vivienne Niedermann
Counter Brienz

«The view from Rothorn over lake Brienz is just magical every time»

Jeff Kneubühler

«Always checking the pressure carefully - otherwise it can be critical and we will have an unplanned stop»

Ueli Fischer
Train driver

«My job is out of the ordinary. Visit me and I'll show you!»

Roland Wenger
Station Rothorn Kulm

«Wether sun, rain or snow: there is always something exciting to see»

Marco Mäder
Track maintenance

«A wonderful trainride from the bottom to the top.»

Heri Heimann

«Even after 100 rides- you always discover something new.»

Rosmarie Neiger

«A ride with our steam train is an experience of technical and scenic delights.»

Martin Biber
Guest care

«We take care of our tracks.»

Peter Thomann
Track maintenance

«The BRB never gives up.»

Beat Leuenberger

«Every ride is unique- I enjoy it every time!»

Andreas von Allmen

«Steam and smoke do not only bring my heart lough!»

Stefanie Aebersold

«The railway, the mountains, the people and the animals - all this guarantees an unforgettable experience.»

Rahel Furrer

«With diesel, fuel oil or coal - we drive for the guest's well-being.»

Lieni Pitschi

«With the steam train as 125 years ago on top of the Brienzer Rothorn - up there almost whole Switzerland lays down to your feet»

Peter Flück
Board of Directors

«Every ride on the Brienzer Rothorn is unique, impressive and different. Pure pleasure - soul gasoline.»

Katrin Nägeli-Lüthi
Board of Directors

«With tradition in the future.»

Ueli Zimmermann
Head of operation

«Nature, History, Technology and "the fireplace always up front"»

Kurt Amacher

«Since 1892 only income in the summer season. A big challenge but very exciting!»

Pascal Suter
Head of Management Services

«I love my job!»

Thomas Trachsel

«After the trip to the Rothorn, the beautiful view over the turquoise blue Lake Brienz awaits me - simply brilliant

Thomas Germann

«A shovel at Kobi Peters' house lasts until the first kilometer.»

Chrigel Flück

«I have the most beautiful job when the weather is nice and the guests are in a good mood.»

Thomas Brunner

Good to know:

  • Buy your ticket with a seat guarantee directy in our ticketshop
  • Buying a SBB ticket does not guarantee you a seat on the train you wish to take. You need a seat guarantee, which you can buy online or get at the counter.
  • If you want to be sure to catch your train, we recommend that you arrive at the station at least 30 minutes early.
  • Reservations for groups of 10 adults or more must be made no later than two days in advance.
  • On peak days, waiting times are expected. To avoid these, we recommend buying the ticket including seat guarantee in advance.
  • Train services may be cancelled in bad weather and/or at slack periods.
  • Prams / baby carriages / strollers are welcome on board, but only if folded up.
  • A maximum of two hand wheelchairs can be carried per train on advance booking.
  • Diesel locomotives may be used to expand services at busy times or when a steam locomotive breaks down.
  • We do not transport bicycles.
  • Extra charge for ticket purchase during the ride.

Ticket Shop

(1 – 9 People)

Group registration

(at least 10 adults)