On December 5, 2020, Jungfrau Railways will be inaugurating the brand new Eiger Express tricable gondola which will take travellers from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes. The launch of the new tricable gondola, will reduce the transportation time to Jungfraujoch by 47 minutes from popular destinations including Interlaken Bern and Zurich. With 44 gondolas and 26 seats each, the Eiger Express breaks the world record as the heaviest tricable gondola. With the new lift project, visitors can travel by public transport much faster than before from several of Switzerland’s major cities to the Jungfraujoch and Eigergletscher slopes.
The Eiger Express can transport 2,200 passengers every hour which will minimize the queues and waiting time for travellers going to the mountain top. Each cabin will have heated windows, which guarantees a great view regardless of the weather, as well as Wi-Fi and heated seats. All the power will be generated by the cables pulling the lifts.
Urs Kessler, Director, Jungfrau Railways, said, “In these difficult times, we want to send a positive signal for tourism in the Jungfrau Region and the Canton of Bern. The worldwide renown of this project will help us to emerge from the crisis stronger.”
Ritu Sharma, Deputy Director and Marketing Head- India, Switzerland Tourism, said, “Jungfrau is one of the most popular mountain peaks amongst Indian travellers! With the launch of the brand new Eiger Express gondola, we are positive that it’s popularity will only increase, with an easier mode of transportation and a reduced travel time from major tourist destinations like Zurich, Interlaken and Bern. This will allow the travellers to plan their day trips to the mountains with ease.”
The long awaited Eiger Express is the second part of the impressive project V-Cableway that consists of two gondola lifts from Grindelwald to the mountains Männlichen and Eigergletscher. The first stage (to Männlichen) was inaugurated last year.