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Jun 23, 2022 - 6:18 PM

Our group of 3 is staying in Zermatt in September and would like to take a day trip to a Gruyère cheese factory and the Cailler Chocolate Factory. We think that doing it ourselves would be more economical than a tour. I’d appreciate input on what trains and busses we’d need to take. Many thanks!

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Jun 23, 2022 - 7:12 PM in reply to Brnyrdsue

Hi Brnyrdsue,

Zermatt and Gruyères aren't close to eachother. According to the SBB timetable it takes around 4 hrs to get there. This is the route: Zermatt - Visp - Montreux - Montbovon - Gruyères . You have to change at least 3 times. The Montbovon - Gruyères part is by bus, the others are by train. If you would like to visit Broc it is an other 33 mins by bus from Gruyeres. Use 'Broc-Fabrique' station in the timetable.

In case you are not familiar with the SBB timetable, please start here: www.myswissalps.com/timetable.

You can learn more about the factories here:

In brief, visiting from Zermatt is not impossible but it's quite a trip. If you are staying in Montreux or Bern it would be closer. Where else (other than Zermatt) are you staying in Switzerland?

I hope this helps,


Last modified on Jun 26, 2022 - 1:07 PM by Arno
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Jun 23, 2022 - 10:32 PM

Thank you for the info. I hadn’t realized it would be so involved to get there.

We are flying into Zurich and will stay 3 nights in Wengen, 3 nights in Zermatt and 1 night in Lucerne on our way back to Zurich. Our time in Wengen is packed, but not so much in Zermatt. Do you think it would be a good idea to only spend 2 nights in Zermatt and move on to Montreux for a night to possibly take The Chocolate Train to the factory tours the next day before leaving for Lucerne from Montreux? Or maybe spend 2 nights in Montreux, sKip Lucerne and head directly to Zurichi on our last day? Is there a train from Montreux to Zurich that we could take on our departure day and make it to Zurich for an 11am departure?

We don’t need to stay in Montreux if there’s a closer and easier place to get to Gruyère and Broc. thank you so much!

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Jun 23, 2022 - 11:43 PM in reply to Brnyrdsue

Your best bet would be to move on to Fribourg for one or two nights. Fribourg is a nice small historic city close to the language border. Gruyeres and Broc come under the Fribourg region so the transport from Fribourg to the cheese and chocolate factories is fast and better than coming from other directions.

Fribourg is much under-mentioned on this website, but is well worth a visit: www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/destinations/fribourg-freiburg/

Fribourg is also on the trunk east-west railway route so it is only 1 hour 47 mins from Fribourg to Zurich Airport on an route IC1 inter-city train, thus an early start from Fribourg could get you to Zurich in time

You could go:

Zermatt - Broc - Gruyeres - Fribourg (o/n) - Zurich


Zermatt - Fribourg (o/n) - Gruyeres/Broc - Fribourg (o/n) - Zurich

Last modified on Jun 23, 2022 - 11:53 PM by 1960man
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Jun 26, 2022 - 10:55 AM in reply to 1960man

I can almost hear how the late lamented Slowpoke would have answered, except that he would have put it better.

With so much to see and do in Switzerland, why <removed by moderator> do you want to visit a couple of factories where, basically, all they want to do is sell you chocolate or cheese?

My personal choice with your itinerary would be to cut a night out of Zermatt and add it to either Wengen or Luzern.



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