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Goldenpass Express, a long story

Come aboard the GoldenPass Express and take part in an exceptional journey of 3:15 hours from Montreux Riviera to the majestic peaks of the Bernese Alps and through the Pays-d’Enhaut.

A direct connection between Interlaken, Gstaad and Montreux that has been waited for over a hundred years.
A unique technology with variable gauges.
A modern train with three classes (Prestige, 1st and 2nd) and different service levels.
Group offers that can be adapted to suit your needs.

MONTREUX - GSTAAD - INTERLAKEN

Experience

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Journey

The GoldenPass Express will run unchanged from Montreux to Interlaken from 11 December 2022 with a single trip in each direction. It will be expanded to four round trips per day from 11 June 2023.

The GoldenPass Express stopping in:

  • Montreux
  • Montbovon
  • Château-d’Oex
  • Gstaad
  • Schönried
  • Saanenmöser
  • Zweisimmen
  • Boltigen
  • Erlenbach
  • Oey-Diemtigen
  • Wimmis
  • Spiez
  • Interlaken West
  • Interlaken Ost

The GoldenPass Express runs through three cantons: Vaud, Fribourg et Bern.

 

 

The journey between Montreux and Interlaken covers 115.34 km, of which 62.43 km on metric gauge (Montreux – Zweisimmen) and 52.91 km on standard gauge (Zweisimmen – Interlaken).

Travel classes

Each GoldenPass Express train offers 2nd class, 1st class and Prestige class. The Prestige class is characterised by its very comfortable, heated seats which enable the passenger to face in the direction of travel at all times. The Prestige area is raised by 40 centimetres to allow the passengers to be fully immersed in the landscape. The passenger feels like sitting in the landscape. All seats offer a panoramic view.

Timetable

The journey time (Montreux – Interlaken) is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.

Main stops:


Indicative timetables subject to change

Prices

Seat reservations are mandatory in the Prestige class and highly recommended in 1st and 2nd class.
Swiss Travel Pass, Half-Fare travelcards, day tickets and GA travelcards are valid; seat reservation not included
* Seat reservation of CHF 35.00 included

Booking

Bookings for the GoldenPass Express will be available this autumn.

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Gastronomie

A dining offer with local products can be booked online in advance in 1st class and Prestige class. Snacks and drinks are available on board in all classes. The full offer will be available here soon.

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About the Project

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History

The idea of linking Lake Geneva, Gstaad and the lakes of Thun and Brienz dates back to 1873. Since back then the idea was to connect three of the country’s economic centres by opening up the mountain regions. The railway network got built but with different gauge widths: metric gauge (1 m) between Montreux and Zweisimmen and standard gauge (1.435 m) between Zweisimmen and Interlaken. The project was rekindled several times. In 1924, the Goldenpass Association was founded. In the 1930s, the idea was to install a third rail. As a result of numerous technical and financial challenges, the project never came to fruition. The fatal blow came in 2006 since due to various factors making it impossible to cross Spiez station without an underground track. The explosing costs brought the project of the third rail to an end. In 2008, MOB relaunched the project. Since it was not possible to modify the tracks, it was decided that the coaches would be adapted instead. Thanks to variable gauge bogies and a gauge adapting ramp, the train can travel seamlessly from one gauge with to another. The dream is becoming reality.

 

Technology

How is it possible to switch the train from metre gauge to standard gauge?

Thanks to the gauge ramp at Zweisimmen station, the bogie can be widened, allowing the train to switch from metric track (1 m) to standard track (1 m 435) and vice versa. The carriage also rises, thus adapting to the platform (55 cm on normal track, 35 cm on metric track).

 

 

Design

The Goldenpass Express stands out for its aesthetics. All the GoldenPass Express coaches were manufactured by Stadler Rail in Bussnang (Thurgau). The nose of the train, which gives it its look, was designed by the Italian designer PininFarina. Innova Design designed the interior and some of the exterior fittings.

Click here to see the train with 3D images made by Stadler. The interior design is the work of Innova Design.

 

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