Golden pass

Is it possible to travel from Montreux to Zurich a going part of the way on the Golden Pass train. How long would it take?

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
7736 posts

The entire Golden Pass route goes from Montreux to Luzern, which takes about 4.5 hours and requires three changes along the way. From Luzern to Zurich is only any hour away via a regular intercity train.

If you only want to do part of the journey you could depart the Golden Pass at Spiez and take a direct train from there to Zurich (some departures require achange in Bern). But the most scenic portion of the Goldenpass is from Spiez-Interlaken-Luzern.

You can check schedules at the Swiss Rail site:

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
9919 posts

Yep, it's that easy, with trains running Luzern-Zurich twice per hour. You may also find the Golden Pass site to be interesting.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
4374 posts

But the Golden Pass is just a train with slightly bigger windows that travels along the same tracks as all of the other trains traveling the same route. If you don't want to wait on the Golden Pass then just jump on any train going the same destination. Oh yes, 1 more difference in the trains is that the Golden Pass has "Golden Pass" written on the side of the train. In other words - negligible differences.

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2396 posts

It is possible.

You can search on trains between Montreux and Z├╝rich, with additonal option of travelling via Zweisimmen and Sarnen. That way you'll see options routed via what was branded "Golden Pass".

It takes slight less than 6.5 hours to travel that way.