Montreux-Grindelwald using the Golden Pass

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Jun 8, 2018 - 10:22 PM

We will be in Montreux and would like to go by Golden Pass to Interlaken or as close as we can get to Grindelwald. What would you suggest? And what side of the train should we try to reserve?

Also: we will need to travel from Zurich airport to Montreux one day, then Montreux - Grindelwald the next. We will then use cable cars etc for 7 days in the Bernese alps.

We are looking at 1/2 fare pass- do you think it is worth getting?


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Jun 9, 2018 - 12:17 AM

If you start the day in Montreux you would probably be able to be first onto the MOB train, so reservations wouldn't be required. It doesn't really matter what sort of train you take, or what side you sit, the views will be similar. Zweisimmen - Interlaken Ost isn't reservable as its a main line train, than change into the BOB narrow gauge blue and amber train at Interlaken Ost - again no reservation necessary

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Jun 9, 2018 - 7:43 AM in reply to Njbudd

Hi Njbudd and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can find details about the Golden Pass route here: https://www.myswissalp
There are links to reservations if you want to make them, as well as a route description and sitting preferences.

Note not all trips in the Bernese Alps are by cable car - there are trains too. Either way the form of transport doesn't matter, only the route itself. You'll need to look through various rail pass options and see what routes are covered fully or partially.

To know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math. :)

The Swiss Half Fare Card may be a good option, you may also want to combine it with the Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland or the Jungfrau Travel Pass as well. Or for a slightly simpler option, the Swiss Travel Pass.

You can plan our your trips with the Swiss railways timetable: https://www.myswissalp

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