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

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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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2018 16:17
    Hi Mark,

    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 Montreux.

    If your plan is just to visit the cheese factory in Gruyères and then the chocolate factory in Broc, the connections would look different.

    From Montreux 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.

    From Gruyères to Broc Fabrique, the connections would only take 23-32 minutes and involve changing trains once in Bulle along the way.

    From Broc Fabrique to Lucerne, the connections take about 2.5 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bulle and then once in Bern.

    Due to the short durations of these trips and frequency of departures, this should all be possible in a day.

    The Swiss Travel Pass would cover all of these segments. For the Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934.

    Otherwise, for 50% discounts locally, you can purchase the Swiss Half Fare Card. For the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025.

    If you just plan to purchase regular tickets, we would only be able to issue tickets for the segment from Bern to Lucerne. Tickets from Bern to Lucerne can be purchased by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. 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.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for the information! We would be looking at doing this on June 2 so I know that the actual Chocolate Train won't be running but will there still be construction? From what I have heard the Golden Pass construction ends on June 1.

    We will have a 3 country Select Eurail pass so I assume traveling on these trains won't be an issue - correct?

    Thanks!

    Mark
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