Travel pass advice - 5 days in Montreux/Geneva

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Scotland
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Jul 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Hi

I am travelling to the Lake Geneva area for 5 days with my mother (82) and son (student who is 21). Our itinerary is likely to be as follows but I am unsure of the best value pass to buy or whether to buy one at all. We would probably travel by train and maybe boat where possible Any advice appreciated. Thank you

Day 1 - Geneva Airport to Montreux

Day 2 - Chocolate train from Montreux to Broc (return) - this only appears to get a discount with the Swishers Travel Pass

Day 3 - Montreux to Lausanne and then on to Grandson (return) - not sure if this is included in the Lake Geneva Pass

Day 4 - Montreux to Vevey (return)

Day 5 - Montreux to Geneva Airport

Lucas
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Jul 17, 2017 - 6:03 AM in reply to Scotland

Hi Scotland and welcome to MySwissAlps!

For the Montreux area you may want to look into a regional pass only. The Regional Pass - Lake Genevamay work well for you. Be sure to click through the overview and where it is valid tabs but I think it would be the best option. You can also supplement that rail pass with the Riviera Card (most hotels in Montreux offer it free and can be used for the town itself).

Be sure to use the Swiss railways timetable here to plan our your trips.

Lucas

Scotland
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Jul 17, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Perfect..many thanks Lucas. Does the pass extend up to Lake Neuchatel do you know?

rockoyster
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Jul 17, 2017 - 10:56 PM in reply to Scotland

Did you check the validity map here www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpasslakegeneva/v alidity

Scotland
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Jul 17, 2017 - 11:12 PM

thanks..will look in more detail

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Jul 18, 2017 - 1:00 AM in reply to Scotland

Hi Scotland,

>> Day 1 - Geneva Airport to Montreux

This trip will take less than an hour-and-a-half. If you are arriving early, what do you have planned for the rest of the day?

This page might be useful:

www.myswissalps.com/mo ntreux

>> Day 2 - Chocolate train from Montreux to Broc (return) - this only appears to get a discount with the Swishers Travel Pass

The Chocolate train is sold as an excursion package, including return first-class train travel, transfers by bus from Gruyères station to the village; and then on to the chocolate factory in Broc after a break of 2.5 hours. Coffee and a chocolate croissant is also provided.

It might be worth enquiring about whether you would get any discount on the rail fare component with the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps, by submitting a query on the following page:

www.goldenpass.ch/en/h ome/contact/index

As an alternative, you can take normal trains along the same route, but would use the train for the transfer between Gruyères and Broc instead of the bus. The stop for the cheese factory is Gruyères gare; for the chocolate factory, you get off at Broc-Fabrique. Both stations are on the same train line. You can use the Swiss Timetable to plan your trip:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

The whole rail trip would be free with the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps on one of the free travel days. You would have to pay for entry to the cheese and chocolate factories.

>> Day 3 - Montreux to Lausanne and then on to Grandson (return) - not sure if this is included in the Lake Geneva Pass

The Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps is valid as far as Yverdon-les-Bains on Lac de Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel). You get free travel to Lausanne (if you use one of the free travel days) and 50% discount from Lausanne to Yverdon-les-Bains. You would need to pay full fare from there to Grandson, which would be CHF 3.70 (train, adult, 2nd class, valid one hour).

>> Day 4 - Montreux to Vevey (return)

What are your plans for the day in Vevey? Strolling along the lakeside promenade is beautiful, and there is a picturesque "old town" area close to the waterfront in Rue du Lac.

Other great things to do include:

Les Pléiades cogwheel train

www.goldenpass.ch/en/g oldenpass/offer/view?id=85

Funicular railway Vevey-Mont-Pèlerin

www.mob.ch/en/goldenpa ss/offer/view?id=10

A short train trip through the vineyards is also beautiful. I described how to do it in my post of May 19, 2017 - 4:32 AM on the following page, and included some photos:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/1-day-lausanne-and-vevey

All of these would be free with the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps if you use one of the free travel days, or 50% off on the other days.

Alpenrose

rockoyster
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Jul 18, 2017 - 3:01 AM in reply to Scotland

Have a read of this excellent recent trip report especially the part regarding the Chocolate Factory. www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/trip-report-6-days-montreux-and-wengen

Last modified on Jul 18, 2017 - 3:02 AM by rockoyster
Scotland
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Jul 18, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Great tips..thanks so much everyone

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