Golden Pass train best route Geneva to Wengen?

Golden Pass train best route Geneva to Wengen?

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Mittens
Mittens
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Dec 1, 2017 - 9:30 PM

We are still putting our trip together. We will arrive in Switzerland on the 15th of August

We had considered the following:

Arrive in Geneva 8.30 pm from a long flight from Australia. (flight is booked) As a way of coping with jet lag, up early checking out of the hotel at 12 and then:

Catching a train to Montreux. Spend 2 nights there. Visit Chillon Castle, walks, visit Gruyere, boat ride Lake Brienz.

Take the Golden Pass train to Luzern. Two nights in Luzern. Regular train to Zweisimmen, then Golden Pass to Meiringen.

Is this practical?

Wengen for 4 nights.

Wengen to Zurich for flight.

I would prefer to do: Geneva to Montreux, Montreux to Wengen, Wengen to Luzern, Luzern to Zurich, it seems like less back tracking....but then will miss the Golden Pass.

Any help much appreciated

Thank you.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 1, 2017 - 9:59 PM in reply to Mittens

Hi Mittens,

I would prefer to do: Geneva to Montreux, Montreux to Wengen, Wengen to Luzern, Luzern to Zurich, it seems like less back tracking....but then will miss the Golden Pass.

That makes much more sense and you still get to do the Golden Pass Line. It is several trains not just one. The route Montreux - Zweisimmen - Spiez - Interlaken - Meiringen - Luzern constitutes the Golden Pass Line. The first leg is where the Panoramic trains are. Read about it here www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass.

Wengen is a side trip from Interlaken,

Oh, and Lake Brienz is near Interlaken (and therefore Wengen) NOT Montreux. The Swiss Travel Pass Area of Validity map (goo.gl/LMFJ9K) is very useful for getting a handle on where all the locations are in relation to one another and the inter-connecting routes.

Last modified on Dec 1, 2017 - 10:13 PM by rockoyster
Mittens
Mittens
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Dec 1, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Hi Rockoyster,

Thank you very much! Generally we prefer to stay in 1 or 2 spots for 8 days and travel around from there. Love the look of Wengen, so that is at least fixed! Geneva is fixed as we arrive there in the evening. I will try to get my head around the map. I am sure I will be back on the forum shortly with a hundred other questions....

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 1, 2017 - 11:15 PM in reply to Mittens

Hi Mittens,

What time are you flying out of Zurich? It is only one hour from Lucerne direct to Zurich Airport if you pick the right train so depending on your flight time may be not need to overnight in Zurich before departure.

There are direct trains from Geneva Airport to Montreux if you want to avoid another hotel swap. Trip takes under 1 hour 30 mins. All depends if the matchsticks will still keep the eyes open at that stage.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the Montreux to Zweisimmen Golden Pass leg at that time of the year. See www.mob.ch/en/reservat ion-procedure If you go to Gruyères you will most likely be following the Golden Pass Line there and back between Montreux and Montbovon unless you are happy for a bus/train combo. The SBB Timetable will reveal all www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Last modified on Dec 1, 2017 - 11:19 PM by rockoyster
Mittens
Mittens
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Dec 1, 2017 - 11:36 PM

Hi Rockoyster,

My first thought was to try to go direct from Genva Airport to Montreux. We rarely suffer too much jet lag on the way to Europe, ..coming back is a different story. Sadly I don't sleep on a plane. It would be better to go straight to Montreux, but afraid we'll fall asleep on the train!

It would be great to have 2 full days in Montreux.

I hadn't intend staying overnight in Zurich. We had originally planned to exit Switzerland into Italy, but have decided to fly from Zurich to Greece, then after 2 and a bit weeks back to Rome.

Thanks for the reminders for the reservation. Gruyeres looks lovely.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 2, 2017 - 4:33 AM in reply to Mittens

Hi Mittens,

I assumed from your earlier post that you may be doing a day trip to Gruyères. But of course if you are going Montreux to Wengen you could always go Montruex - Montbovon - Gruyères - Montbovon - Wengen. The only issue might be luggage but you could always use the SBB Express Luggage service to send your stuff from Montreux to Wengen if you didn't mind the expense. See www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/services/lugg age-and-flight-luggage/luggage/expres s-luggage.html

It may also be possible to leave luggage at Montbovon Station. They have baggage services Mon–Fri 07:15 - 11:35 13:15 - 16:30 but not sure if that means left luggage or just luggage drop-off/collection.

Something to think about.

Last modified on Dec 2, 2017 - 4:38 AM by rockoyster

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