Day trip from Interlaken to Chocolate train?

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Kanika
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Aug 25, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Hi

I am planning to visit Switzerland in mid-September. Can I catch the chocolate train if I leave early morning from Interlaken for Montreux? If yes which train and time would suit me? And the station for the chocolate train is same where I will get down while coming from Interlaken? Are there any delays in train usually?

Also once I will complete my Chocolate train and come back in Montreux around 6 pm, Can I take a golden pass route and take a panoramic train back to Interlaken? Is it possible? If yes, kindly guide. If not please advise other feasible options.

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Kanika

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Aug 26, 2017 - 1:54 AM in reply to Kanika

Hi Kanika, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

>> I am planning to visit Switzerland in mid-September. Can I catch the chocolate train if I leave early morning from Interlaken for Montreux? If yes which train and time would suit me?

In September, the Chocolate Train departs Montreux on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:57. In order to get there in time from Interlaken, you would need to leave at 6:00 and take the fastest route via Spiez and Visp. You wouldn't be able to get there on time using the Golden Pass route via Zweisimmen.

>> And the station for the chocolate train is same where I will get down while coming from Interlaken?

Yes.

>> Are there any delays in train usually?

Not usually.

>> Also once I will complete my Chocolate train and come back in Montreux around 6 pm, Can I take a golden pass route and take a panoramic train back to Interlaken? Is it possible?

Yes, it's possible, but would take at least 4 hours. Sunset will be around 19:40, so a lot of your trip would be in the dark, and you would of course miss the scenery.

>> If not please advise other feasible options.

The fastest way back from Montreux to Interlaken via Visp and Spiez takes around 2.25 to 2.5 hours.

If you just want to go to the chocolate factory without travelling on the Chocolate Train, you can get there on local trains via Bern and Bulle in just under 2.5 hours. The stop you need is Broc-Fabrique. Going via part of the Golden Pass route would take at least 3.25 hours (Interlaken Ost - Zweisimmen - Montbovon - Broc-Fabrique)

You can use the Swiss Timetable to plan your trips:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Alpenrose

Last modified on Aug 26, 2017 - 6:23 AM by Arno
Kanika
Kanika
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Aug 26, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Dear Alpenrose

Thank you very much for your reply. I will better follow the other route on Friday as I have other plans on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Kindly suggest further, Will I be able to visit Chillon castle and lake Geneva on the same day? And whether Chaplin's Museum is covered in the Swiss pass?

Arno
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Aug 26, 2017 - 6:17 PM in reply to Kanika

Hi Kanika,

I assume you plan to visit the cheese factory, the medieval town of Gruyères and the chocolate factory as that's what the Chocolate Train excursion includes besides the train ride. As a day trip from Interlaken that is a full day with no time left for anything else I'd say. You can check the timetable that Alpenrose mentioned to see how long all trips take.

Chaplin's World is not included in the Swiss Travel Pass.

Enjoy your day trip!

Last modified on Aug 26, 2017 - 6:18 PM by Arno
Kanika
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Aug 26, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Dear Arno

Thanks for the reply. you assumed correctly. I do intend to visit Gruyeres and Broc. thanks for all the information. I hope to make the best of it!

Thanks

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