Trip from Zermatt to Chamonix w/ stop at Montreux

Trip from Zermatt to Chamonix w/ stop at Montreux

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Jinjinny
Jinjinny
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Apr 22, 2017 - 12:08 PM

hi

As I am plan to travel from Zermatt to Chamonix with little stop at Montreux for sightseeing. Is it possible to do it within one day? And what would be the best ways to travel such route? As I and my friends will not drive. Pls kindly advise.

Arno
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Apr 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Hi Jinjinny,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! Yes, this can be done in one day. There is only one train route from Zermatt to Montreux. If you enter your trip in the timetable you'll get the details. From Montreux to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc you'll need to travel via Martigny, again by train. A long detour via Geneva is possible as well but I would not recommend that. The shorter route is very scenic.

If you have a Swiss Travel Pass all of this is free of charge (excluding the route via Geneva).

sheree
sheree
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Apr 22, 2017 - 8:42 PM

This is what I read from your site:

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid in Switzerland only. A few rail and bus routes crossing the border allow free traveling too. Examples are EuroAirport (France) to Basel, Martigny to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France), Brig to Domodossola (Italy) and Domodossola to Locarno;

Does this mean the trip from Martigny to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France) is free with my Swiss Pass? Or do I need to purchase a ticket at the French border to Chamonix and back?

Alpenrose666
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Apr 23, 2017 - 3:27 AM in reply to sheree

>> Does this mean the trip from Martigny to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France) is free with my Swiss Pass? Or do I need to purchase a ticket at the French border to Chamonix and back?

Yes, the trip from Martigny to Chamonix via Le Châtelard-Frontière is free with the Swiss Travel Pass and no additional ticket is required. This train is called the Mont-Blanc Express.

When are you travelling? From 3rd April to 24 June 2017, trains will be replaced by buses between Le Châtelard-Frontière and Chamonix, as they are installing a new rail operation system. It seems from the timetable that the journey time will not be increased though.

Alpenrose

Jinjinny
Jinjinny
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Apr 23, 2017 - 6:13 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thank you so much for your kind advise . This is really help. From your advise seems that trip via train would be the better choice.However, since we will travel with luggages(5 of us), Is there any lockers for rental that enough for 5 luggages at Montreux train station? And how much would it cost for 1-2 hrs rental?

Last modified on Apr 23, 2017 - 6:17 AM by Jinjinny
Alpenrose666
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Apr 23, 2017 - 6:41 AM in reply to Jinjinny

>> Is there any lockers for rental that enough for 5 luggages at Montreux train station? And how much would it cost for 1-2 hrs rental?

Yes, There are 32 small lockers costing CHF 6 (dimensions are 24.8 x 42.0 x 75.0) and 24 large lockers costing CHF 9 (dimensions 44.7 x 61.5 x 88.0).

This and more information about services at Montreux station can be found here

www.sbb.ch/content/int ernet/sbb/en/bahnhof-services/bahnhoefe/bah nhof.1300.html

Alpenrose

Jinjinny
Jinjinny
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Apr 23, 2017 - 6:55 AM in reply to Arno

Dear arno,

Thank you so much for your kind advise. 👍

Jinjinny
Jinjinny
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Apr 23, 2017 - 6:56 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Dear Alpenrose,

Thank you again also with the info link provided. 👍

Jinjinny
Jinjinny
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Apr 26, 2017 - 1:26 PM in reply to Arno

dear Arno,

As I try to look for the train or bus info from link provided from Martigny to Chamonix. I still could not find the clear info so I am still not sure how could I get there. And where should I input as destination between Chamonix Mont blanc and Chamonix Aiguille du Midi? Or it can be both? Sorry for many questions as this is my first time to Switzerland Thank you again for your help.

Lucas
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Apr 26, 2017 - 4:10 PM in reply to Jinjinny

Hi Junjinny,

Chamonix, Mont Blanc is the downtown rail station at Chamonix. Is that where you want to arrive? Enter Martigny and Chamonix Mont blanc to get to downtown Chamonix.

Lucas

Annika
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Apr 26, 2017 - 5:10 PM in reply to Jinjinny

Hi Jinjinny,

"Chamonix-Aiguille du Midi" is the valley station of the cable car up to the viewing point Aiguille du Midi. So you should enter this in the timetable if you're interested in getting up there. If you just want to explore the town itself, then enter "Chamonix-Mont Blanc" as noted by Lucas.

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