Montreux or Lausanne to Maison Cailler/Gruyeres

Montreux or Lausanne to Maison Cailler/Gruyeres

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Sumanne
Sumanne
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Jan 4, 2018 - 1:59 AM

Hi. 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. Also, my husband and I are debating two nights in Montreal versus Lausanne. Would love help settling that debate as well. :)

Thanks!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jan 4, 2018 - 2:04 AM in reply to Sumanne

Hi Sumanne and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Well Montreal is a fair way from Lausanne 😎 but if you mean Montreux then whichever one of you is going for 2 nights there instead of Lausanne should be the winner (he said without the slightest context of your overall itinerary). See www.myswissalps.com/mo ntreux & https://www.myswissalp s.com/lausanne

The SBB timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) will give you the fastest route. There are a few mountains involved. Going via Montbovon is slightly quicker than via Lausanne.

Montreux to Montbovon is part of the very scenic Golden Pass Line. Where are you headed after Montreux?

A taxi would take you about 30 minutes but might be prohibitively expensive. See www.rome2rio.com/s/Mon treux/Broc

Sumanne
Sumanne
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Jan 4, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Thanks! Yes my spellcheck keeps changing everything! It was my husband who picked Montreal! lol.

Removed user
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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.

Alpenrose

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