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Feb 8, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Hi all, I have a question about this particular route. We (6 of us) will have Swiss travel pass for our travel.

We will be leaving Lauterbrunen on 20th April 2020. Our ultimate destination will be Geneva which is our base (checking in Geneva on the same day)

1) If we are leaving early in the morning, is it possible to do Golden Pass Line from Interlaken (Lauterbrunen to Interlaken) then take the GP line to Montreux followed by Montreux to Geneva on the same day?

2)What is the rail type from Montreux to Geneva? Is it frequent?

3) is it possible to travel with luggages?

4) do we need to get seat reservations for Interlaken to Montreux?

I understand that we will have limited time in Montreux but we can always go back from Geneva as we will be in Geneva for a few days.

Just wondering if the travel from Interlaken to Geneva with a stop at Montreux to experience the GP Line is possible?

Last modified on Feb 8, 2020 - 11:49 PM by adrianteo
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Feb 8, 2020 - 11:57 PM in reply to adrianteo

1. You join the GP route at Interlaken not Lauterbrunnen.

2. Yes.

3. A mixture of trains are involved. Betweeen Zweisimmen you can get the MOB Golden Pass Panoramic, the Belle Époque or regular trains. Yes, connections are quite frequent..

4. You can make reservations for the Golden Pass Line (www.myswissalps.com/goldenpass) including seat selection at bit.ly/2kaq6Rf. Click the "e" for English language top right of the page. (where it says "Sprachwahl: d i f e"). Then change the class of travel, date of travel and start/end points to suit. Reservations are not compulsory but are recommended on the Zweisimmen to Montreux leg (which is where the Panoramic and Belle Époque trains operate) during peak tourist season. April is not peak tourist season.

It is perfectly feasible to travel from Interlaken to Geneva using the Golden Pass route. For checking timetables see www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/checking-train-timetables.

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new member
Feb 9, 2020 - 12:15 AM in reply to rockoyster

Many thanks for that!

Last question, from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, I read from your link that it's part of the Golden Pass Line. But I can't seem to find the GP trains for this route.

Is there any particular stop I need to put in?

Thank you so much!

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Feb 9, 2020 - 12:27 AM in reply to adrianteo

Your route is absolutely possible. I have visited Interlaken from Geneva via the so called Golden Pass on day trips many times in the past.

Interlaken - Zweisimmen is a normal gauge train operated by the BLS railway company - local service or faster service depending on what time you depart Interlaken. No reservations needed on this section.

Montreux - Genève is Swiss Federal Railways main line. There are fast trains at least twice per hour throughout the day

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