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“Beware of expensive bus back to Grindelwald”
Review of Bussalp

Bussalp
Ranked #11 of 32 things to do in Grindelwald
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We hiked from First --> Bachalpsee --> Faulhorn --> Bussalp and unfortunatley due to weather saw little to nothing. Good excercise though! Be warned if you plan to bus back to Grindelwald its 22CHF per person if you don't have a discount card (50% off, available at trainstation). Otherwise its a 2 hr walk down.

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Extend the easy walk from First up the pass and over to Bussalp (with an optional detour to the Faulhorn or not). A little bit more 'up' but well woth it for the views. Check the bus times from Bussalp (back to Grindelwald) before you set off - though there is a small hostelry if you have to wait!

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

This is a short bus ride and from Grindelwald and there are several easy walks to pick up the Firstbahn or to go further.

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Well sign-posted from Grindlewald station, the trail takes you to the Bussalp Restaurant in 2 to 3 hours of hiking through fabulous scenery with great views of the surrounding mountains. The terrace of the restaurant overlooks the Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau. The perfect place for a drink and to soak up the views.

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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Go to Bussalp!
We're not big skiiers, and the sledding here makes the winter outdoor experience fun and exciting for everyone. The sledding is exhilarating, and you can stop anytime to enjoy the most beautiful views in the world.

The first time you go, the logistics can be a little confusing, so let me give a quick overview:

Buy a ticket at the Grindelwald bus station kiosk, or on the bus. If this is your first time, wait until you get to the top of Bussalp to rent a sled.

You can purchase a single use ticket, which is good for one ride up the mountain. If you prefer, you can go to the train station and purchase a multi-day, multi-mountain hiking and sledding pass, which give unlimited access, and use of all the trains in the area (except the Kleine Scheidigg to Jungfraujoch run). It is hard to say whether this is a better value vs. single tickets; it really depends on your usage.

The bus, which leaves hourly takes you up a very windy road to a facility at the top of Bussalp, about a 50 minute trip. Up there, rent a sled, which can be returned at the bus stops at the bottom of the run, or at the Grindlewald bus station.

Here's the confusing part: after the first couple minutes, you use the road the bus came up as your sledding run. This isn't unsafe -- the buses run infrequently, the drive very slowly, and they have these multi-tone horns in constant use to warm sledders when they are near.

Although there are different sledding trails listed, they really merge into just two: the family path and the city path. The family path involves some walking up slight inclines and flat areas, but you're rewarded with amazing views. It later merges into the city run.

There are a number of small bars and restaurants on the way down.

Depending on your speed and the path you choose, the run down the mountain to the Weidli Bar (the place most people stop at to catch the bus back up the hill) is about 15 - 45 minutes. You then wait for the hourly (if I recall correctly) bus back up the hill. You can purchase tickets on board, if you purchased a single ticket at the bus station (instead of the pass at the train station). Bring plenty of cash for this.

You can also opt to continue sledding down to Grindlewald. This is fun, but will require a good deal of walking if you want to get back to the bus station. There are a couple of intermediate stops on the Bussalp road/sled run where you can catch a bus back up, without going all the way to Grindlewald.

When you're ready to go back to the car or hotel, show your ticket to the bus driver; the one-trip ticket is good for the trip back to the bus station.

One additional tip: be sure to ask which bus is going up or down before loading your sled on it. They don't always park in the same place.

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