Chocolate Train route question and Swiss Pass

Chocolate Train route question and Swiss Pass

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aoshi0514
aoshi0514
5 posts
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Jul 9, 2014 - 3:36 PM
I am considering doing the chocolate train tour on our own. Does this
mean taking the train to Gruyeres to visit the cheese factory, bus to
Gruyere Castle, then back on the train to Broc to visit the Chocolate
Factory, then back to Montreux? Would you suggest any rail passes like
Swiss Pass or Swiss Half Fare pass for this itinerary?

I understand that there's a free Montreux Riviera card that we can
use around Montreux. Considering that we will travel from Chamonix, then
Montreux, Gruyere, Broc, back to Montreux, then finally Geneva in 3
days, I am thinking of getting a rail pass if that will be a cheaper
option than buying individual tickets. I believe I can get the Swiss
Pass at the airport in Geneva (no shipping cost).
Arno
Arno
7718 posts
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Jul 9, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Hi aoshi0514, welcome to our website!

You pretty much summed up the excursion like it's done if you book the official Chocolate Train day trip. If you go on your own, you can indeed do it like that, or in any other order. Also you can replace the 3 minute bus transfer by a 10 to 15 minute walk.

You will get a Montreux Riviera Card if you book a hotel in Montreux. However, it won't include most of your plans. A link to more details can be found on the hotel page for Montreux. Either a Swiss Half Fare Card or a Swiss Pass is better.

A Swiss Half Fare Card is the cheapest one to buy. It will get you 50% off all traveling within Switzerland. A Swiss Pass includes much more though: you will get you free traveling (so you don't need to get tickets for each trip). And, validity starts in Chamonix (France) already. Also it will get you free entrance to many museums, including the cheese and chocolate factories. Urban transport like buses and trams, e.g. in Geneva, is free too. See here for how to calculate which option is best for you.

You'd better not wait with your Swiss Pass purchase until you arrive at Geneva airport. There are several promotions if you buy online which will save you money. See the Swiss Pass page for details. Shipping costs aren't really making a difference, as in many cases shipping is free, or free from a certain order amount. It's the total amount that matters, and currently it's cheaper to buy online.

I hope this was useful.

Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:55 PM by Arno
aoshi0514
aoshi0514
5 posts
new member
Jul 9, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Thank you Arno.

I was reading about the other pass options, Swiss Half Fare and Swiss Saver Flexi Pass. Not sure what the difference is between the Swiss Saver and Swiss Saver Flexi Pass. I did calculations and our train travel cost may not balance out the Swiss Saver cost $279 USD) but the pass will give us flexibility to take unlmited travel on trains, buses and museum passes.

This is our travel itinerary: Chamonix-Montreux, Montreux-Gruyere-Broc-Montreux, then Montreux-Geneva, the pass will also cover Chateau du Chillon, Gruyere Castle (?), Gruyere Cheese Factory but not Callier Chocolatier

Any thoughts??

Arno
Arno
7718 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 9, 2014 - 6:53 PM

You're welcome! The Swiss Saver Pass includes consecutive days, the Swiss Saver Flexi Pass is for consecutive or non-consecutive days, so you can spread the free travel days over a maximum of one month. See the links for further details.

Personally, I like the freedom of just hopping on and off trains, boats, etc. and not buying tickets all the time. And with the extra discount, it's a more attractive option. But it's a personal decision. Money-wise, the only way to decide is to do the math as explained here.

The castle of Gruyères and Château de Chillon are also free with a Swiss Pass, so I think it's a good deal, and certainly the most convenient one.

Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM by Arno

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