So, we currently have a reservation on hold for the Golden Pass Train from Montreux to Lucerne on June 2nd (the day after construction is complete but I am starting to second guess this trip as it appears it is going to take 8 hours. We originally had wanted to do the Chocolate Train but it does not run on Saturdays that time of year.
What I am wondering is the feasibility of going from Montreux to Gruyeres, visiting the cheese factory (and possibly going to the chocolate factory in Broc) and then getting a faster train to Lucerne. Or should we definitely do the Golden Pass Train Route?
Not an expert, but I did the GoldenPass recently (actually traveled from Geneve to Lucern across two days, with a day in the Alps in between). The trip from Montreux to Lucerne should take closer to 5.5 hours, not 8. I'm not sure why the SBB site isn't including the Interlaken-Lucerne Express when you search and is instead routing you from Interlaken to Lucern via Bern, but if you add "via" points of Zweisimmen and Brünig-Hasliberg to your search, you should see a 5 hour, 11 minute option for June 2nd
I thought the views along this route were amazing, especially from the "VIP" seats on the panoramic coach on the first segment of the GoldenPass, but I haven't done any alternate routes or visited Gruyeres so I can't compare.
It is feasible to go from Montreux to Gruyeres and visit both the cheese and chocolate factory. A scenic train route or visiting factories are two complete different things.
In my humble opinion I would say that the scenery you'll miss by not doing the complete Golden Pass journey, will be compensated elsewhere. Switzerland has beautiful scenery everywhere. The Gruyère is beautiful too and I enjoyed my visit to the chocolate factory. I didn't do the cheese factory yet.
Thanks Chantel! It looks like once we left Gruyere (or Broc) we would not go the same route as the Golden Pass, correct? And it looks like it would be a faster route through Bern. Is it easy to get between Gruyere and Broc? Are reservations needed/required if we were to go that route instead of the Golden Pass?
Thanks Tanman! Yeah, it looks like actual train time is a little over 5 hours, but I was coming up with 8 hours including stops. We have a reservation on hold that leaves at 8:44am and arrives Lucerne at 16:55.
Yes, it would be faster through Bern (which is still more than 3 hours). From Gruyère to Broc you have no make sure you select Broc-Fabriques in the Swiss timetable. This ride takes about 28 min.
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