The Golden Pass - London to Interlaken by train via Montreux

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Travel from London and to Switzerland by train and take the Golden Pass service to Interlaken and Lucerne.

London - Paris - Montreux - Interlaken - Lucerne - Paris - London

From 7 days
If you want a scenic train journey then this is a wonderful chance to see the best that Switzerland has to offer. Travel from London to Lausanne in just one day on the superfast TGV service from Paris to Lausanne before connecting to Montreux and the Golden Pass, famous throughout the world for the views. You can be in London in the morning and on the shore of Lake Geneva by the evening.

Taking the train is a simple way to get from London to Switzerland without flying and is a wonderful way to see some majestic scenery as you pass through vineyards, meadows and extraordinary views of lakes and mountains.

There's no wasting time queuing at the check-in desk, you can bring all the luggage you want and we've never yet seen a ticket inspector frisk passengers to check for firearms. You can leave London St.Pancras in the morning and be beside Lake Geneva in time for dinner.

We've suggested an itinerary below. However, if you'd like a real person to do the work of taking care of all the travel arrangements, including trains, hotels and Swiss Passes then call Ffestiniog Travel and they'll do all the work for you. They are partners with the Swiss Travel Centre and so know what they are talking about and will get the best prices. They have over 40 years experience and all their profits go to supporting the Ffestiniog Steam Railway in Porthmadog. See the blue box.

HOW TO BOOK

PARIS - MONTREUX

The earlier you book the cheaper the ticket. You can book up to 90 days in advance.


STAGE 1


OPEN THESE TABS


VOYAGES SNCF


EUROSTAR


DEUTSCHE BAHN


SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE ( SWISS PASSES )


SBB ( TRAIN TICKETS IN SWITZERLAND )


STAGE 2

Use the Deutsche Bahn site to check times. As you're not travelling to or from a German station you can't book online with them though. Use the Voyages SNCF website & Eurostar to book online.

OPTION 1

Lon 11.31 (10.25) - Paris 14.47 (13.47) Paris 15.57 - Lausanne 19. 37 Lausanne 19.46 - Montreux 20.05

On the Voyages SNCF site enter "Paris - Lausanne" and then book the 15.57 TGV Lyria service that goes direct from Paris to Lausanne. Then enter "Lausanne - Montruex" and book that journey. (If you you enter Paris - Montreux you are not offered the option via Lausanne, see below).

If you are buying a Swiss Pass you do not need to buy the tickets between Lausanne and Montreux. 

OPTION 2

You can book your journey all the way through to Lausanne on the Eurostar site. It's sometimes the cheapest option. You can also book your ticket from a UK departure point such as Bath or Manchester. You can't book the return journey from Lucerne though.

OPTION 3

Lon - Paris Paris 15.11 - Geneva 18.16 Geneva 18.42 - Montreux 19.35

Go to the Voyages SNCF site and enter "Paris - Montruex. You are then given the option to travel via Geneva. After booking this section see above for the journey between Montreux and Interlaken, Interlaken to Lucerne, Lucerne to Paris and Eurostar.


STAGE 3 Lucerne - Basel - Paris

Luc 10.54 - Basel 11.55 Basel 12.34 - Paris 15.37 Paris 18.13 - Lon 19.39

Stay on the Voyages SNCF site enter "Lucerne - Paris" (via Basel). Book this service.


STAGE 4 - LONDON - PARIS

Either stay on the Voyages SNCF site or go to the Eurostar website and book your outward and return journeys between London and Paris.


STAGE 5 - GOLDEN PASS

Book your Golden Pass journey from Montreux to Interlaken. Enter Montreux - Interlaken Ost on Voyages SNCF and choose the 9.44 for the official service (there are trains at other times, see the DB site). It arrives in Interlaken at 12.49, with one simple change at Zweisimmen. You can buy your Interlaken to Lucerne ticket with Voyages SNCF too, or at the station on the day. If you are buying a Swiss Pass you do not need to book any trains once in Switzerland ( see below).

YOU CAN ALSO BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR SWITZERLAND ON THE SBB SITE, ONCE YOU'VE BOUGHT ANY SWISS PASS, AND GET THE RELEVANT DISCOUNT.

VISIT THE SWISS TRAVEL SYSTEM OR GOLDEN PASS IF YOU WISH TO BOOK THE VIP OPTION

STAGE 6 - HOTEL

Now book your hotels. We've made some suggestions below but CLICK HERE for more hotels available in the Interlaken region. HomeAway have excellent self catering options too.


IS IT WORTH BUYING A SWISS PASS?


SEE OUR GUIDE ON HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN SWITZERLAND


WE SUGGEST

For this journey we recommend buying a Swiss half price pass (valid for one month). The approximate cost of the rail travel and trips within Switzerland for this itinerary is £315, but with a half price pass (£83) the total cost, including the pass, is £284. This also includes the discounts on the Jungfrau and Schilthorn and admission to Ballenberg. If you have children then it may be cheaper to buy a Swiss Pass.

VISIT THE SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE TO BUY YOUR PASS


SWISS PASS

The Swiss Pass entitles you to unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the rail, bus and boat Swiss Travel System network. The Swiss Pass is available for 4, 8, 15 or 22 days or one month. ***This pass also covers scenic routes and local trams and buses in 41 towns and cities and will offer 50% reduction all most mountain-top trains and cable cars. The Swiss Pass will also include the Swiss Museum Pass, allowing you free entrance to 470 museums and exhibitions.

PRICE FROM £299 for 4 days. Children 6-15 travel for free with with a fare paying parent.

SWISS FLEXI-PASS

The Swiss Flexi Pass allows travelers to freely choose their traveling days. You may travel on the Swiss Travel System network for 3, 4, 5 or 6 non-consecutive days within a month; on the selected days, you are offered the same great possibilities as when traveling with a Swiss Pass. On the days between the first and the last activated day, your Swiss Flexi Pass offers a 50% discount on train, (postal) bus and boat rides, as well as on most mountain-top excursions.

The Swiss Flexi Pass will offer 50% reduction on most mountain-top trains and cable cars and will also include the Swiss Museum Pass, allowing you free entrance to 470 museums and exhibitions. **Children between the ages of 6-15 travel free if accompanied by a fare paying parent. **Prices from £287 for 3 days.

TO BUY PASSES & MORE INFO VISIT THE SWISS TRAVEL SYSTEM WEBSITE.

Itinerary

Day 1

London - Paris

Day 1

Paris - Montreux

Gare de Lyon - by Rail

Day 2

Montreux - Interlaken

- Interlaken Ost by Rail

Days 2 - 5

Interlaken

Day 6

Interlaken - Lucerne

Day 7

Lucerne - Paris

- by Rail

Day 7

Paris - London

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