Morning or Evening? Traveling on Golden Pass rail

Morning or Evening? Traveling on Golden Pass rail

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cos24
cos24
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Feb 11, 2017 - 11:22 PM

We were thinking of either taking a around 8am train from Interlaken to Montreux or leaving the evening before around 18:00 pm. the first week of June Which option, if one, would be better for viewing the scenery... I am not sure how the lighting is in the mountains at those times of day. Thanks

Lucas
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Feb 12, 2017 - 9:51 AM in reply to cos24

Hi Cos24,

Take a look at the SBB timetable here for departure times on the Golden Pass. You can take a 09:08 departure or a 17:08 departure (Interlaken Ost to Montreux via Zweisimmen).

In mid-June sunrise is at 05:30 and sunset at 21:30 so either way you will have daylight, its hard to say if one time of day will be better than another.

Cheers,
Lucas

Last modified on Feb 12, 2017 - 3:37 PM by Lucas
cos24
cos24
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Feb 12, 2017 - 10:24 AM

Okay thanks. My experience with other parts of the world is that when you are in mountainous areas the time of day that you go through them makes a difference due to shadows making the visibility not as clear.

Lucas
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Feb 12, 2017 - 3:36 PM in reply to cos24

Hi Cos24,

Good point on the shadows but I can't say how it will affect the train journey for you in June - it could be cloudy as well.

Montreux is South-West of Interlaken if that helps your decision in regards to the sun.

Lucas

Arno
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Feb 12, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Indeed it's hard to take the sun into account as the trains twist and turn quite a lot. You can avoid the two hours after sunrise and before sunset to prevent entire valleys being in the shadow.

cos24
cos24
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Feb 12, 2017 - 5:10 PM in reply to Lucas

Lucas, I see the train time table but I see trains leaving after 5 p.m. on June 1st using the cities and route that you posted above (Interlaken Ost toMontreux via Zweisimmen). Am I missing something?

Lucas
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Feb 12, 2017 - 6:10 PM in reply to cos24

No not at all! There are many trains running that route but only one or two a day on the actual panoramic trains.
Click the + sign on the train time you want and it will show more details.
Under comments it will say MOB Panoramic or GoldenPass Panoramic. If you choose another train it will be a standard regional train.

Cheers!

Lucas

cos24
cos24
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Feb 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Okay great, thank you Lucas. If I do want to go at a later time on the regional train does it follow the same route as the golden pass? Would I have about the same views?

Lucas
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Feb 12, 2017 - 6:31 PM in reply to cos24

Yes, be sure to use the advanced search options and enter the via-stations Meiringen and Zweisimmen. any train listed will run the same route.

You can also just do one or two sections of the line as well, rather than the entire line if you want - read about the route on the Golden Pass page I linked to on my first reply.

Cheers,
Lucas

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