This well-known train journey showcases some of the most breathtaking scenery in Switzerland and is a must for those traveling between French-speaking western Switzerland and German-speaking central Switzerland.
The Goldenpass Line connects Montreux and Lucerne (or vice versa), allowing passengers to eyeball the picturesque Vaud Riviera and Central Switzerland’s charming heart, with some stunning Alpine landscapes and postcard-perfect villages to boot and panoramic windows to really open up those vistas.
Three railway companies make it happen: the MOB (connecting palm-fringed Montreux with Zweisimmen via Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland), the BLS (from Zweisimmen to adventure-loving Interlaken, traversing the Simmental region) and the Zentralbahn (from Interlaken to Lucerne via the Brünig Pass). You can break up the trip or just make short trips (such as Montreux to Gstaad). Doing the trip in one go takes just over five hours.
Various packages are available through the website, often with accommodation. Reservations are advised (and compulsory for those wanting a meal on-board) and cost extra. The Swiss Travel Pass is accepted.