BLS Boat Cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

Map BLS boat cruises

A breath of “sea air”, a whiff of nostalgia – any cruise aboard one of the decorative steam or motor vessels on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz turns into a delightful experience.

The fleet of the BLS Navigation Company counts 14 vessels, two of which are paddle steamers. Whichever boat one chooses, the magnificent view remains as fascinating as ever: The legendary “big three” Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, numerous historic villages and castles, and the unique scenery of the Bernese Oberland are just a few among the many highlights of the cruises. Various themed and culinary cruises nicely round off the offer on the turquoise lakes.

  • Area: Length of Lake Brienz 14 km, length of Lake Thun 17.5 km
  • Duration: e.g. Interlaken West–Thun 2 h 10 min
  • Specials:
    • One-hour cruise (round trip) on Lake Brienz
    • Perfectly coordinated connections train/boat at all lake terminals (Thun, Interlaken West/Ost, Brienz); piers directly at the railway stations
    • During peak season, a historic paddle steamer operates on each lake
Food & Beverages
  • Diverse culinary offers on Lakes Thun and Brienz: Breakfast, freshly made dishes, and a large selection of beverages are available in onboard restaurants.
  • Themed buffets on special culinary cruises (Fondue, Chinoise, Fajita, Swiss BBQ etc.)
  • Lake Thun: year-round operation (peak season May to October with hourly departures, reduced timetable during off-peak season)
  • Lake Brienz: seasonal operation (April to October)

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Tickets & Reservation

This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) / GA travelcard

There are two classes on most boats: main deck = 2nd class, upper deck = 1st class


  • Reservation required for groups of 10 or more people (prior selection of one menu for all persons required for groups of 20 or more people in case consumption is intended)
  • For individual travellers, a table or seat reservation in the onboard restaurant can only be made with a binding commitment to consume