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Golden Pass from Montreux to Lucerne vs. going from Montreux to Gruyeres before heading to Lucerne

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  • May 17, 2018 18:20
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Ah, that makes sense. The trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken do go through <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a>.<br /><br />There are some direct trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, which do make a stop in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez">Spiez</a> just before they get to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>. More frequently than those are connections from Zweisimmen to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> for which you would actually have to change trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a> along the way..
  • May 17, 2018 18:19
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The direct trains from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow">Interlaken to Lucerne</a> do not go through <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a>, including the specific departure you're referring to. <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a> is the other direction. I do not know why they would list <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a> as a connecting point between <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>..
  • May 17, 2018 18:17
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to If you decide to visit Gruyères but skip Broc, the connections from Gruyères to Lucerne take about 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Palezieux along the way. On the trains from Gruyères to Palezieux and Palezieux to Lucerne, reservations are not possible, so the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow">3 country Eurail Select Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board..
  • May 17, 2018 18:16
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The connections from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/montreux" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a> to Gruyères and Gruyères to Broc Fabrique would be as I described above. The <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow">3 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is valid on everything I mentioned above, including even the bus between Montbovon and Grandvillard.<br /><br />However, if your actual preference is to follow the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass route</a> to Lucerne, it would only take about 5 hours, not 8 hours. Since the construction ends on June 1st, the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> connection would involve a train from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/montreux" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/montreux">Montreux</a> to Zweisimmen, a train from Zweisimmen to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, and a train from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> connection, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Montreux to Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Montreux to Zweisimmen by searching that segment on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br />On the other segments of the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> route (Zweisimmen to Interlaken and <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow">Interlaken to Lucerne</a>), reservations are possible but not necessary. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage just to view schedules for the unreserved segments from Zweisimmen to Interlaken and <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759">Interlaken to Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />When you pull up the results of your search from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, just be sure to look for the direct trains. The options showing '1 connection' (in Spiez) do not actually follow the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> route..
  • May 17, 2018 18:11
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Mark,<br /><br />From May to June, the Chocolate Train operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. However, even on days that it operates, there is construction. As the construction goes on, the Chocolate Train itinerary would consist of a train from Montreux to Montbovon, shuttle bus from Montbovon to the Gruyères rail station, shuttle bus from the Gruyères rail station the actual village of Gruyères, shuttle bus from the Gruyères village to Broc Fabrique, shuttle bus from Broc Fabrique to Montbovon, and train from Montbovon back to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/montreux" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a>.<br /><br />If your plan is just to visit the cheese factory in Gruyères and then the chocolate factory in Broc, the connections would look different.<br /><br />From <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/montreux" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a> to Gruyères, the fastest options would involve taking a train from Montreux to Montbovon, bus from Montbovon to Grandvillard, and then a short train from Grandvillard to Gruyères. This would take about 1.5 to 2 hours.<br /><br />From Gruyères to Broc Fabrique, the connections would only take 23-32 minutes and involve changing trains once in Bulle along the way.<br /><br />From Broc Fabrique to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, the connections take about 2.5 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bulle and then once in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a>.<br /><br />Due to the short durations of these trips and frequency of departures, this should all be possible in a day.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would cover all of these segments. For the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934</a>.<br /><br />Otherwise, for 50% discounts locally, you can purchase the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>. For the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025</a>.<br /><br />If you just plan to purchase regular tickets, we would only be able to issue tickets for the segment from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/city/bern">Bern</a> to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>. Tickets from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/bern-lucerne" rel="nofollow">Bern to Lucerne</a> can be purchased by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>. If you'd like to inquire about schedules for all the other segments, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays..
  • April 17, 2018 17:13
    Jeff
    Changed description to So,we currently have a reservation on hold for the Golden Pass Train from Montreux to Lucerne on June 2nd (the day after construction is complete but I am starting to second guess this trip as it appears it is going to take 8 hours. We originally had wanted to do the Chocolate Train but it does not run on Saturdays that time of year.What I am wondering is the feasibility of going from Montreux to Gruyeres, visiting the cheese factory (and possibly going to the chocolate factory in Broc) and then getting a faster train to Lucerne. Or should we definitely do the Golden Pass Train Route?
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  • April 17, 2018 17:13
    Jeff
    Changed title to Golden Pass from Montreux to Lucerne vs. going from Montreux to Gruyeres before heading to Lucerne
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