Travelling by train
From the train station you can either walk to the Centre following the blue KISC hiking signs (natural path) or the main road (20-30 minutes walk) or you can take the local bus which is free for scouts if you wear your neckerchief. For the village bus timetable can be downloaded for either Summer, Winter or the low seasons. Please note that the last bus departs at 18:44 from the train station in Kandersteg. The bus stops right outside the Centre and the stop is called Pfadizentrum which is Scout Center in german.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Train travel in Switzerland is world famous! Trains are clean, efficient, and on time making it a stress free way to travel up to Kandersteg. It is also the most eco friendly way to travel - most trains in Switzerland run on electricity and over 55% of electricity produced in Switzerland comes from renewable sources.
Kandersteg is on the BLS line from Bern to Brig at the entrance to the 14.6km Lötschberg tunnel. Trains run hourly in each direction - to Bern and to Brig. From Bern and Brig connecting trains run direct to Geneva and Zurich airports as well as international destinations such as Paris, Milan and Berlin.
For Swiss train timetables and prices visit www.sbb.ch/en. As well as giving you train times, the website also has an eco calculator so that you can compare the enviromental impact of your journey.
SCOUT TRANSFER TICKETS
Switzerland Travel Centre (STC) offer some special Scout Transfer Tickets to make train travel to and from Kandersteg more affordable for Scouts and Guides. STC is the Switzerland Travel Centre based in London, but visitors from all countries and nationalities can purchase the Scout Transfer Ticket.
These tickets are valid for a return journey to either Kandersteg or Adelboden from any Swiss Airport or border railway station. The tickets are valid if you leave the country from a different airport to the one at which you arrived.
For 2016, these cost just 85 CHF for adults (aged 16 or over) and 43 CHF for children (aged 6-15 years) which represents a saving of over 40% compared to the buying standard train tickets to or from Geneva, Zurich or Basel Airports. These tickets are available to Scouts from all Countries except Switzerland.
Please note that the tickets need to be ordered in advance so that they can be sent to you before you travel.
LONG DISTANCE TRAINS TO THE SWISS ALPS
For guests coming to KISC via the Netherlands or Germany in Winter and Spring, there is the possibility to book a trip by night train. Both night trains Pegasus (Netherlands and Ruhr Area) and Komet (Hamburg) go directly to Kandersteg from their various departure stations.
Both trains arrive in Kandersteg on Saturday mornings at 11:16 in the morning and leave Kandersteg on the same route in the evening on Saturdays as well at 17:32. For more information visit the City Nightline website.
In winter 2013, there is a special ski train going direct from London St Pancreas to Brig (30 minutes train ride from KISC). The train leaves every Saturday morning and is very competitive both in it's price and it's journey time when compared to the train. See the Ski train page on the STC website for details.
As well as the excellent Swiss Transfer Ticket, we also have some special Scout and Guide prices for the Berner Oberland Regional passes.
These tickets cover 3-4 days travel in the Berner Oberland region and would be perfect for groups using trains to explore the area around KISC. For information on these passes, please visit our Programme pages for local tickets.
INTERRAIL AND EURAIL
For inhabitants of Europe, another option is an InterRail ticket. This famous way of travelling is available at different price rates for different periods of time, and enables you to travel free around Europe by train during a period of validity chosen by you. This makes it perfect if you plan to travel a lot inside of Switzerland and even beyond its borders to see as much interesting places as possible during your stay. Most trains can just be boarded, other ones require a booking in advance where only a small booking fee applies. The cheapest option for any InterRail ticket is to buy it in your country of origin. Detailed infomation on InterRail can be found on their website.
If you're coming to KISC from outside of Europe, visiting Switzerland's neighbouring countries is highly recommended to get in as much of Europe as possible. For non-European residents, it's possible to buy a Eurail ticket which enables you to travel inside a selection of European countries for different time periods and price rates. It can also be used to just travel around Switzerland. More information is available on the Eurail website.