How To Get To Engelberg

How To Get To Engelberg

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Where is Engelberg Switzerland?

Engelberg is in an enclave of the canton Obwalden in central Switzerland. Enclave sounds mysterious but isn't - it is just a line on a map!

The village & ski resort of Engelberg is just 35km south of the beautiful city of Lucerne (Luzern). Zurich is the main international gateway airport, a paltry 85km north. There are no travel excuses to not get to Engelberg. A beautiful train line ends right in town a short stroll or ski bus ride from the Titlis ski lifts.

Flights to Engelberg

The gateway international airport for Engelberg is Zurich. There are regular rail connections to Engelberg with a journey time of around 2hr. Alternatively, numerous car rental options exist but be wary of hefty security deposits if hiring a car in Switzerland.

Other airports that can be linked to Engelberg without too much effort include Geneva (GVA) & Basel (BSL)(for UK & European origins only).

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Airport & Hotel Transfers

Due to the ease of public transport to Engelberg, we recommend booking a private transfer only if in a large group or of seriously afraid of the train! Private transfers are available from all airports & major cities to Engelberg.

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Train to Engelberg

A sure way to POW (Protect Our Winters) is by taking the train to Engelberg. The Engelberg ski resort is connected to Lucerne, Zurich, and the rest of Switzerland by the wonderful Swiss railway system.

Trains to Engelberg from Lucerne take only 45min & leave every hour. From Zurich airport there are regular rail connections to Engelberg, with two changes required, one at Zurich central & Lucerne (Luzern).

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From Geneva airport trains take less than 4hr to Engelberg via Olten & Luzern. From Bern, trains take 2½ to 3hr depending on route & can involve 2 or 3 changes.

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Driving to Engelberg

Engelberg is a major Swiss holiday destination, partly because of its proximity & ease of access. From Zurich Airport, the drive to Engelberg is around 100km & takes between 1-1½hr in winter. Compared to most ski resorts, the road to Engelberg is easy to drive in most conditions. Follow the A4, A14 & A2 via Luzern before turning off near the town of Stans for the last 20km to Engelberg.

Unlike much of Europe, Switzerland does not have ‘pay as you go’ road tolls on its highways. A one-off annual fee of approximately 40CHF (2020 price) covers all the country. if you are coming from another part of Europe, it can be purchased at major border crossings or ask your car rental provider if already in Switzerland (or just don’t pay & see what happens!!).

Car Rental & Hire

All the major airports & cities have car hire available. The closest rental location to Engelberg is Luzern (Lucerne), but by far the best deals & widest range of vehicles are at the highly competitive airport at Zurich.

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If renting a car in Switzerland, read the fine print carefully because some locations & companies charge exorbitant security deposits of up to CHF6000.

Getting Around Engelberg

On arrival one will note that the ski lifts are not near the town centre of Engelberg. Nothing is much more than a kilometre from the heart of town, so walking is the simple option. Those too soft to walk, fear not. Engelberg has a regular & comprehensive free local ski bus service covering seven different routes.

See the free ski bus route map.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Engelberg is close to the fun ‘local‘ ski hill of Klewenalp & not too far from the superb Andermatt Sedrun & amazing Jungfrau Ski Region. Both of the later are reachable by train from Lucerne, but a car is quicker.