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Astanlucas
Astanlucas
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Nov 24, 2022 - 9:19 AM

What would be the best way, most scenic way to get from Montreux to Geneva? Train, boat...? Arriving on the Goldenpass around noon. And should we stay a whie in Montreux?

1960man
1960man
4571 posts
expert
Nov 24, 2022 - 10:36 AM in reply to Astanlucas

We need to know the date before we can give the best advice.

In the meantime:

1) Montreux - Geneva by lake boat is a very long journey (via Lausanne) as the lake is very large.

2) Train Montreux - Geneve is scenic (sit on the left) as far as Lausanne along the lake side. Lausanne - Geneve is a fast straight railway mostly away from the lake but with views of the Jura mountains on the right hand side.

Astanlucas
Astanlucas
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Nov 24, 2022 - 10:53 AM in reply to 1960man

Guete Daag! Danke'!

We'll be travelling from Montreux to Geneva the afternoon of January the first.

Very helpful information!

1960man
1960man
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Nov 24, 2022 - 1:13 PM in reply to Astanlucas

You are lucky then.

Lake boats run very little in the winter, but a few do run on Sundays. January 1 2023 is a Sunday so you could go Montreux (14.30) to Lausanne Ouchy then go by train to Geneva, or you could go Montreux - St Gingolph - Vevey, then switch to the train at Vevey (direct trains to Geneve via Lausanne)

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2023/3100.pdf

Last modified on Nov 24, 2022 - 1:14 PM by 1960man
Yolanda
Yolanda
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Nov 24, 2022 - 3:04 PM

Hi Astonlucas,

Welcome to myswissalps.com

Thank you for your question in regards to travel from Montreux to Geneva.

Please find enclosed a link to our timetable page, here you can research suitable times of departure to Geneva by train and boat. http://www.myswissalps.com/timetable

More about boat trips to Geneva can be found here.

Should your schedule allow, Montreux is definitely worth a visit ; https://www.myswissalps.com/montreux

Thank you again for your question. I hope you enjoy your trip!

Last modified on Nov 24, 2022 - 3:05 PM by Yolanda
Astanlucas
Astanlucas
4 posts
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Nov 24, 2022 - 3:32 PM in reply to 1960man

Thank you!

EASW
EASW
59 posts
active member
Nov 25, 2022 - 12:52 PM in reply to 1960man

Hi Astonlucas, we did the Montreux to Geneva by both train and by combination boat and train last July. If you have time to do part of the way by boat, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery from the water. We got off the boat and switched to the train in Vevey, as mentioned by 1960man, and that worked out well. The train from Montreux to Geneva does have some scenic views, but we found that views of the lake are sometimes blocked by walls, especially when going through towns.

We very much enjoyed exploring Montreux and walking to Chillon Castle along the lakefront promenade, with a lovely view of the mountains on the other side of lake.

1960man
1960man
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expert
Nov 25, 2022 - 1:02 PM in reply to EASW

A trip on January 1st, whilst possible, won't be as nice as in July as it is likely to be a small boat and probably too cold to go outside. The boat will stay fairly close to the shore.

Montreux - Lausanne by train is more by the lakeside. Lausanne - Geneve is mostly away from the lake with, as you say, restricted views through the built up areas. The modern trend to build sound barrier walls in urban areas does not help the tourist.

Anna
Anna
4061 posts
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moderator
Nov 25, 2022 - 1:21 PM

Hi Astanlucas,

Perhaps you can split the journey - take a boat from Montreux to Lausanne, then later train to Geneva. Trains are faster and services are more regular. You can check train schedules here: www.myswissalps.com/timetable

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Nov 25, 2022 - 1:22 PM by Anna
EASW
EASW
59 posts
active member
Nov 25, 2022 - 1:26 PM in reply to 1960man

I agree that the thought of going outside in January on the boat from Montreux does not sound appealing! I can imagine that opting for first class and reserving a table in the restaurant might be a more pleasant option (if that is indeed possible at that time of year).

Astanlucas
Astanlucas
4 posts
new member
Nov 26, 2022 - 11:01 AM in reply to Anna

Guete Daag!

Thank all of you for your suggestions and advice. Very helpful/useful information.

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