Aug 20, 2017 - 4:48 AM
Arno is correct about this being a busy day, but it is definitely can be done. Get off to an early start as soon as you can in Interlaken. The Golden Pass train will set you down in Montreux. From there you can walk to the Château de Chillon (as Arno has suggested) or you might be able to catch the next train going in that direction (towards Villeneuve). Just make sure you get on one that is stopping at the second station, which is called Veytaux-Chillon. I suggest you ask a CFF employee there to make sure you get on the right train. I think it will be on platform 3 but, like I said, check to be sure. From the Veytaux-Chillon station (which is very small) you will see signs indicating the way to the Château, it is only about 450 metres which (according to Google Maps) translates to about a 6 minute walk. You will also see it as you walk along. (See first attached image of this segment). In the unlikely event that there is no local train leaving Montreux that will stop at Veytaux-Chillon for a while and you don't want to wait, you could get lucky on a boat heading that way or you can do the walk. The walk, if you don't dilly-dally along the way, will take you about 45 minutes (as Arno states above) according to Google Maps. Personally, I would wait for the next local train to come along or take the bus. I just googled "CFF Montreux à Veytaux" and it appears there is a train going from Montreux to Veytaux every hour at two minutes after the hour, i.e. 10h02, 11h02, 12h02 etc. The other alternative is to take the Bus 201, which you catch at the bottom of the "Escaliers de la Gare" (Stairway to the train station). It takes 5 minutes to walk down to the bus stop and the bus ride lasts for 8 minutes. I am not sure if your train pass covers this so please check. If not be sure to buy your ticket before boarding the bus, as there will be nobody on board selling tickets (honour system).
After your visit at the Château, if you continue along another 180 metres (about 2 minutes walking) you will get to the dock (débarcadère) where the CGN boats pull in. See second attached image. Time your arrival to catch the next boat that is heading towards Lausanne. If it is a nice day, you may feel like staying on the boat as it works its way towards Lausanne, with stops at places with names such as Territet, Montreux, Clarens, Vevey, Rivaz, Cully, Lutry, and Ouchy (Lausanne) where you can disembark. By the way, all those names sound so much nicer when pronounced in French ! Here is the website of the CGN (Compagnie Générale de Navigation), in English, where you can learn more about all the boats that ply the lake and their schedules. www.cgn.ch/en
Once you are back on terra firma you can either walk up to the train station (Gare CFF) or alternatively ride up on the M2 Métro line which links Ouchy to the train station (ticket is CHF 3). Then you can hop on the next train to Berne and from there the next one to Interlaken.
Bon voyage !
Last modified on Aug 20, 2017 - 5:49 AM by Peterli
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