Jan 5, 2018 - 4:11 AM
in reply to Sumanne
>> I'm checking timetables for trains from Montreaux to Broc (and probably Gruyeres) in early April. On the map they look only 30 miles apart, but it seems that it's going to take us 1.5 hours on the train each way?? Is there a better route? We are a family of 5, and trying to maximize our time.
As rockoyster mentioned, the reason it takes as long as it does is because the train has to climb mountains! You wouldn't want to miss the climb out of Montreux on the way to Montbovon for anything.
It might also take you a bit longer than the timetable suggests, as there will be a bus replacement along the route between Montbovon and Bulle due to construction work between 19 March and 2 June 2018, and the S-Bahn train S50 will be replaced by buses. I would still select that route though, for its scenic beauty.
The fastest routes for getting around in Switzerland (generally speaking) are fast because they go through the flatter parts of the country and/or take valley and tunnel routes, which is great for commuters. However, if you are a tourist, you miss out on so much by choosing the fast routes over longer, more scenic ones that tackle the mountains.
>> Also, my husband and I are debating two nights in Montreal versus Lausanne. Would love help settling that debate as well. :)
I agree with rockoyster - definitely Montreux. It is smaller and more attractive and has excellent transport connections. The station is just a few minutes walk from the lake and boat wharf.