Swiss GoldenPass Line-Connecting Lucerne and Montreux
This scenic train ride connects central Switzerland with Lake Geneva. Travel all the way from historic Lucerne to Montreaux and enjoy tall mountains, green valleys and endless vineyards.
The GoldenPass line is a rail connection between the cities of Lucerne and Montreux. What’s new on the Goldenpass Line between Interlaken Montreux. It now runs on a variable gauge bogie allowing the train to switch from a metric track (1) to standard track (1m435).
This 100% Swiss technological means we no longer have to change trains in Zweisimmen as we stay on the same train from Montreux to Interlaken that saves time and increases our comfort level since we don’t have to change trains anymore.
Scenic Swiss GoldenPass Line Section One
On the first section of the GoldenPass line passengers are taken from the main station near Lake Lucerne to Interlaken via the Brunigpass.Just after the departure the train passes the foot of mount Pilatus. Then one views Lakes of Sarnen and Lungern before climbing the Brünigpass.
The pass has an altitude of 1008 meters above sea level which is rather low for Swiss standards.This section is a meter-gauge railway using a cogwheel system to cross the small pass on the way. The Zentralbahn, or zb, is one of the major players in central Switzerland’s public transportation and is in charge of that first part of the journey. The trains on this section feature first-class panorama and dining cars.
Scenic Swiss GoldenPass Line Section Two
The second section covers the trip from Interlaken to Montreux. After travelling along Lake Thun the tour proceeds through Simmen valley, which with its farms, small villages and mountains is typically Swiss.
These are modern trains, again with panoramic windows, but also with VIP seats right in the front of the train. There you get the feeling of actually driving it. They are all run by MOB (Compagnie du Chemin de Fer Montreux Oberland Bernois), as the third company involved in the GoldenPass line.
After leaving Zweisimmen the train ascends to the highest point of the entire route at 1279 meters above sea level before reaching Gstaad.
The upper-class town offers luxurious hotels and shops and is the last stop in the German speaking portion of Switzerland. The train continues through a valley and tunnel to reach Les Avants, just 3km away from the destination. In order to arrive in Montreux another descend of 578 meters lasting about 20 minutes is still ahead.
During the descend you get a magnificient view of Lake Geneva, making it probably the most scenic section of the GoldenPass line.
Our 12 day Swiss Alps Grand Train Tour includes 11 of the world’s most legendary trains, including the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Voralpen Express, GoldenPass Line and the Furka Steam Train.
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