Travelling to KISC

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The Centre is located in Kandersteg, a small traditional Swiss village. Kandersteg is in the UNESCO World Heritage alpine region of Jungfrau-Aletsch.

Kandersteg is situated 65 kilometres from Bern, the capital of Switzerland and in the heart of Bernese Alps. The most spoken language in the area is German. But don’t worry, you will be able to also find your way with basic English, French or Italian. You can access the region by air, rail or road.

 

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Travelling to KISC

Know Kandersteg

Kandersteg is a small traditional Swiss village with a population of over 1’200 people.

Kandersteg has a developed infrastructure that includes hotels with restaurants, two grocery shops, a drug store, a doctor’s office, banks with cash machine, a Catholic and a Protestant church, souvenir shops, sports shops, a car service and other tourism and leisure facilities (e.g. swimming pool, wellness, indoor climbing centre, village and scout museum, ski jump / mountain tubing area, etc.). 

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Getting to KISC easy & fast

Bus coach from the airport
Duration
2 - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 2'000
Group size
16+

If you have a group of 16 or more people, KISC can arrange a private coach transfer for your group. They can meet you at any airport in Switzerland or at airports in Milan. The transfer will meet you at the flight arrival and take you directly to KISC. No recreation stops on the way. 

Below is a price list for our most common transfers. All prices are return journeys and include luggage transportation. Transfers which start before 06:00 or later then 21:00 will be charged CHF 100.00 extra.

  Group size
  16 - 19  20 - 35 36 - 50

Zurich Airport - KISC 
2 h 20 min - 3 h

CHF 2240 CHF 3060 CHF 3390
Geneva Airport - KISC 
2 h 40 min - 3 h 15 min
CHF 2590 CHF 3320 CHF 3675

Basel Airport - KISC 
2 h 20 min

CHF 2210 CHF 2920 CHF 3250

To book a coach transfer or for more information about pricing, please contact us with the details of your journey.

 

 

 

Duration
2 - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 2'000
Group size
16+

Driving by car
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To reach the Centre by road is very easy.  If you are travelling from the north, the European motorway network will bring you to Spiez - 30 minutes north from Kandersteg. From here follow signs for Kandersteg along route number 223. The roads are well marked and signposted.

If you are travelling from the south, travel to Brig and then to Goppenstein. From here, you will travel by car-train for a 15 minutes journey through the Lötschberg tunnel to Kandersteg. The car train runs from early each morning to late at night, with trains running every 30 minutes. Full details on the car train, such as time table and pricing, can be found on the BLS website.
 
Important: Motorways in Switzerland require a Vignette, which can be purchased at the border to Switzerland for approx. CHF 40. 
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Train travel in Switzerland

For Swiss train timetables and prices visit websites of the major railway companies covering the area around Kandersteg: SBB or BLS. The websites have also an eco calculator so that you can compare the environmental impact of your journey.

If you are arriving from your country to one of the Switzerland’s airports or Swiss border points and planning to mostly stay in one location, check out the Swiss Transfer Ticket. Maybe it’s something for you! Zurich main station, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Lugano also count as border or airport stations.

Walk
Duration
20 - 30 minutes
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From the Kandersteg train station you can either walk to the Centre following the blue KISC hiking signs (natural path - not suitable for suitcases with wheels) or the main road (20-30 minutes walk).  

Duration
20 - 30 minutes
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Zurich Airport to Kandersteg
Duration
2 - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 39 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest airport. The airport is directly connected with the train station. You can reach Kandersteg main station from Zurich Flughafen (Airport) train station in about 2 hours and 20 mins by train. Trains with connections from the airport to Kandersteg depart every 30 mins. For current train timetables and tickets visit websites of swiss railway companies SBB or BLS.

Duration
2 - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 39 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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Geneva Airport to Kandersteg
Duration
3 - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 39 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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Geneva Airport is also well connected to the Swiss rail network. Geneva Airport train station can be reached directly from the arrivals hall. Trains from Basel SBB to the direction of Kandersteg depart every 30 mins. For current train timetables and tickets visit websites of swiss railway companies SBB or BLS.

Duration
3 - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 39 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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Interrail
Valid for
European residents

For residents of Europe, another option is an InterRail Pass. The Interrail Pass is a train ticket that allows you to travel on almost all trains in Europe. With it, you get access to 37 railway and ferry companies in 30 countries. 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 information on InterRail can be found on Interrail website.

Valid for
European residents

Local Bus
Duration
5 minutes
Price
Free with scout necker

Another option to get directly to the Centre is by taking the local bus which is free if you wear a scout neckerchief or with a tourist pass. These passes can be picked up at Reception. In busy summer and winter weeks, the bus departs from the train station every hour. Check the local bus schedule here. The bus stops right outside the Centre. The stop is called Pfadizentrum which is German for Scout Center.

 
Duration
5 minutes
Price
Free with scout necker

Traffic regulations

If you are travelling on Swiss motorways, you must have a vignette sticker. You can buy a vignette at post offices, train stations and petrol stations, as well as from automobile clubs at the border of Switzerland. It must be stuck to the inside of your windscreen and be clearly visible. The vignette is valid from 1 December of the previous year to 31 January of the next year. It costs about CHF 40.

It is a requirement to drive with headlights on even during daylight hours on Swiss roads. Unless stated otherwise, the maximum speed limit on Swiss motorways is 120 km/h. The speed limit outside built-up areas is 80 km/h; within built-up areas, it is 50 km/h.

 

Basel EuroAirport to Kandersteg
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 35 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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EuroAirport is located near the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany. EuroAirport is not linked directly to the railway system, but there are connections by public transport to the railway stations in Basel (approximately 20 minutes bus/tram ride)Kandersteg can be reached via Basel SBB train station in around 2 hours 40 mins. Trains from Basel SBB to the direction of Kandersteg depart every 60 mins. For current train timetables and tickets visit websites of swiss railway companies SBB or BLS.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours
Price
from CHF 35 (one way)
Train changes
2 - 3
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Car ride in winter

In winter, the road is usually kept relatively clear of snow up to the edge of Kandersteg village. However, snow is possible anytime between November and April, and the road through Kandersteg village to KISC is usually snow covered in the winter time. Therefore, we recommend that all cars should be equipped for snow conditions! Therefore we recommend snow tyres and snow chains, as well as a shovel in your car during these times.

Eurail
Valid for
non-European residents

If you're non-European resident, you can travel to Switzerland and to other european destination using Eurail Pass. A Eurail Pass is an all-in-one train ticket giving you flexible access to most trains across Europe. Some trains do ask you to make a reservation, but most trains can be boarded as easily as flashing your Pass. It can also be used to just travel around Switzerland. More information is available on the Eurail website.

Valid for
non-European residents

Luggage transport
Price
CHF 30 per one run

To make your journey easier, we can also provide a pick-up or drop-off of your luggage to and from the train station in Kandersteg. This service can be requested year around. This service operates during office hours (08:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 18:00). The luggage transport costs CHF 30.00 per run and needs to be booked in advance. We can transport your luggage and one member of your group to help us load and unload the luggage. Any additional people need to either walk or take the bus. Request luggage transport by contacting us.

Price
CHF 30 per one run

Orio al Serio International Airport to Kandersteg
Duration
4 - 5 hours
Price
from CHF 50 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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Orio al Serio International Airport, also called by several airlines as Milan Bergamo Airport, is 45 km north-east of Milan. Although this Airport does not have a direct rail link, the train station in Bergamo is within easy reach of the airport and only takes 10 - 15 minutes on the Bergamo bus. From Bergamo station continue your train ride via Milano Centrale Railway station. Trains towards Kandersteg depart from Milano Centrale almost every 60 min.

Duration
4 - 5 hours
Price
from CHF 50 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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Parking
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We have some car parking available, but very limited parking for coaches and busses. Parking space can not be reserved in advance and in case there are no more free spaces left on KISC property on your arrival, we will direct you to a local parking area that may not be free of charge. All vehicles need to be registered in Reception upon arrival.

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Milano Malpensa Airport to Kandersteg
Duration
3 hours 15 minutes - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 46 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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Malpensa Airport is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. From Malpensa Airport you can either take a bus to Domodossola and then train to Kandersteg, or you can choose to go directly by train to Milano Centrale train station and from there continue your train journey to Kandersteg.

Duration
3 hours 15 minutes - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 46 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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Milan Linate to Kandersteg
Duration
3 - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 69 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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Milano Linate Airport is located in suburbs of East Milan, 8 km from the Milan City centre.  One of the most convenient journey is to take a bus from the Airport to Milano Centrale station. Bus departs from the arrival area every 30 minutes and in 30 minutes you will reach the Milano Centrale Railway station. Trains towards Kandersteg depart from Milano Centrale almost every 60 min.

Duration
3 - 4 hours
Price
from CHF 69 (one way)
Train changes
1 - 2
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