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Chocolate Train in Switzerland

The Chocolate Train on its way between Montreux and the chocolate factory in Broc.
© MOB

A journey to cheese and chocolate factories from Montreux

The Chocolate Train is a fully arranged day trip from Montreux, during which you’ll visit the lovely town of Gruyères and the nearby cheese and chocolate factories. You’ll be transported by train and bus.

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  • Attraction type: culinary tour, cheese;
    culture;
    culinary tour, chocolate;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Montreux (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

The Chocolate Train in short

The Chocolate Train is operated by the regional railway company MOB (Montreux-Oberland-Bernois) from May to October and makes for a fun day trip from Montreux. It includes some of Switzerland’s most popular culinary and cultural destinations. After a beautiful train ride, you’ll visit the cheese factory La Maison du Gruyère, the town of Gruyères and the chocolate factory Maison Cailler.

What to expect from the Chocolate Train day trip

The Chocolate Train leaves from the rail station of Montreux in the morning. After a beautiful 45-minute train ride along the Golden Pass route you’ll reach the town of Montbovon, where you’ll transfer to a bus. The bus takes you to your first culinary destination: the cheese factory and show dairy La Maison du Gruyère. You can spend an hour there, learning all about the cheese-making process and taking along souvenirs from the shop. You’ll then have a short ride by bus to the beautiful small town of Gruyères, where you’ll have a few hours to spend for yourself. You can have lunch, shop for cheese and chocolates or visit the medieval castle. In the afternoon, the bus continues to nearby Broc where you get to visit the chocolate factory Maison Cailler. You can join the interactive museum tour and end with some free chocolate tasting. The bus will bring you back to Montreux, where you’ll arrive in the late afternoon.

The Chocolate Train versus a self-arranged day trip

Gruyères and the cheese and chocolate factories can well be visited on your own, from Montreux or another base town within easy reach of this region. Still, the Chocolate Train offers some advantages:

  • it’s a fun trip for kids and families;
  • it’s a fully arranged tour, meaning you won’t have to worry about planning, transportation, waiting lines at the museums and opening hours;
  • you’ll be served chocolate bread and coffee during the morning train trip to Montbovon;
  • it’s an efficient way to visit some of Switzerland’s culinary and cultural highlights in one day;
  • there are passes that get you a discount on the normal fare.

These may be reasons to plan your own day trip instead:

  • the Chocolate Train trip has a fixed schedule, meaning you can’t travel at your own pace. If you’d rather take more time at any of the destinations, you may prefer arranging for your own trip;
  • you may want to visit only one or two of the Chocolate Train destinations, or combine one of them with other activities you’re more interested in;
  • it can be cheaper to plan your own trip. The Chocolate Train trip is more expensive than the costs of return train tickets from Montreux and the entrance tickets of both the cheese and the chocolate museum;
  • holders of a Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Travel Pass Flex can make a similar trip entirely for free: the train rides from Montreux to Gruyères and Broc-Fabrique, and the entrance to the cheese and chocolate factories, are all included;
  • if you’re not staying close to Montreux, you may look for alternative culinary tours closer to your base town.

Insider tips about the Centovalli Railway

  • the Chocolate Train leaves from Montreux before 09h00, so if you want to make this ride from another part of the country, you may want to get to Montreux the day before and book a hotel there;
  • the Chocolate Train operates from May to October, on selected days of the week. If the dates of operation don’t fit your plans, you can plan a similar trip yourself;
  • do you like to visit the medieval castle in Gruyères during your free time in the village? Access is free for some pass holders.
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