Apr 16, 2018 - 7:18 PM
in reply to Khoimai
I just rode the Golden Pass Line last week and was going to post a trip report but this is perfect. We had booked a first class Saver Day Pass (plus the Companion Ticket, which is only available for travel until May 6th) for our travel days. I suspect there are a limited number of Panoramic coaches, and as we only had the golden-colored Panoramic coach (with the VIP seats) available for half of our trip.
From Montreux to Montbovon, we were in a "regular" train car, which still had huge windows with great views, at least in first class. The train itself only had 3 cars. It was still marked GoldenPass/MOB in smaller print but was not the golden-colored train car with the extra windows along the ceiling or the "VIP" section). The GoldenPass train we saw going in the other direction did have a Panoramic lead car, so my guess is that they're alternating "regular" and Panoramic cars
The transition from train to bus to train was fairly seamless with lots of staff to help with the transfer. It's about a 3-5 minute walk in Montbovon and less in Chateau d'Oex. There's a slight uphill section in Montbovon, and the staff were great about helping a few people who had issues dragging their luggage. When we got back to the train in Chateau d'Oex, the first compartment was a Panoramic GoldenPass compartment. There were only a handful of people in first class and we made a bee-line for the VIP section to grab the first row seats. There was a small barrier that said VIP seats with surcharge at the entrance to the "VIP" section, but this had been held open and covered, so I assumed it was first-come-first-served, and none of the staff ever questioned us sitting there. The view from that front row was amazing, and definitely the highlight of the day. I had read that only the front row VIP seats are worth it, and maybe that's true if you're paying 15 CHF, but I thought the view from the second row would have been incredible as well. We stayed in the VIP section the whole time, but other people who were seated elsewhere in first class came in and out to check out the view at various times. I was a little worried about keeping luggage at the opposite end of the train car, but there were only a handful of people in the car and always a staff member or three there too, so it wasn't an issue
Hope that helps!