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