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Chamonix (France) to Geneva via Chateau de Chillon

I am traveling by train from Chamonix to Geneva on August 1 and would like to stop at the Chateau de Chillon along the way.

Is the best itinerary to go to Montreaux, visit the Chateau, and then continue on train to Geneva. Is there bag storage at Montreaux?

Can I buy one ticket (Chamonix to Geneva) or two separate segments (Chamonix-Montreaux and Montreaux-Geneva.)

Posted by
33003 posts

The Chateau de Chillon has its own station. You can tickets right to and from. Unless you want to walk along the lake or go by boat.

Posted by
3391 posts

This is the link for the information about the train from Chamonix to Martigny Mont Blanc Express. The train route just reopened after renovation work and you can now take the train all the way from Chamonix to Martigny, Switzerland once again. From there it's a short SBB train ride to Montreux through the beautiful vineyards. You can easily get off at the chateau station and then get on again to go to Geneva. It's a beautiful ride along the shore of Lake Geneva...sit on the left-hand side for a view of the French Alps across the lake (my preference!) or the right side for a view of the Lavaux Vineyards part of the way.
Since the Mont Blanc Express ends at Martigny you will need to get a separate ticket for the SBB operated train. You can easily just buy it at the station in Martigny.
I believe I saw lockers at the Chateau Chillon station but I would double check the SBB website to be sure.

Posted by
16894 posts

Rick's Switzerland book says that the Veytaux-Chillon train station and boat dock don't have lockers, but that the castle itself does, or Montreux station does.

Posted by
991 posts

Just keep in mind that the 1st of August is our national holiday, so do not expect business as normal.

Posted by
740 posts

Thanks. I was totally clueless about the holiday. What do you expect that to mean?

  1. Bigger crowds?
  2. Fewer trains?
Posted by
4140 posts

By the way , the Mont Blanc Express between Chamonix and Martigny is no slouch trip . It climbs high up and the views of the Trient Gorge and little villages perched up in the mountains are superb . We took this trip in the reverse direction last October ( Martigny - Vallorcine - Chamonix ) and it was terrific ! On this train , mostly sit on the right overlooking the valley , but as most people do on rides like this , you can move around to get the best views and pictures . Be sure to pop the windows open so as not to get reflective glare from the glass ,Enjoy it !