GoldenPass Express Scenic Rail Journey 2024/25

From Lake Thun to Lake Geneva via the Bernese mountains

GoldenPass Express
Montreux lakeside
Wonderful scenery on this favourite route connecting Interlaken and Montreux

A long-planned development became an exciting reality in December 2022, with the launch of the through service between Interlaken and Montreux on the favourite GoldenPass Express route. Previously, travellers were obliged to change trains in Zweisimmen. Thanks to some world-class engineering, you can now enjoy the route on brand new trains which adapt to two differing gauges and continue the journey seamlessly. Throw in some spectacular scenery en route and a popular resort to enjoy at either end, and this makes for a wonderful holiday.

On this picturesque route, you’ll enjoy views of Lake Thun and the pyramid shaped Mount Niesen as you depart Interlaken. The railway line heads inland after Spiez - into the mountains and through a narrow gorge before the Simmen Valley. From Zweisimmen, the train climbs to its highest point at Saanenmöser and on towards the chic mountain resort of Gstaad. Look out for hot air balloons around Chateau-d'Oex then it’s through the valley and the long Jaman Tunnel. At Les Avants, you'll enjoy scenic woodlands and meadows. The dramatically winding descent towards Montreux offers spectacular views of Lake Geneva. 

The GoldenPass Express runs four times a day in each direction between Interlaken and Montreux and the journey takes 3 hours 15 minutes.

GoldenPass Belle Epoque

The historic carriages combine the elegance and romance of travel from a bygone era. There are two departures per day in each direction between Montreux and Zweisimmen. 

Make your holiday one to remember with a journey on the GoldenPass Express

Speak to our team today to find out how you can combine your holiday with a breathtaking ride on the renowned GoldenPass Express

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GoldenPass Express suggested holidays 2024/25

Holidays can also be enjoyed in reverse order

Our suggested two and multi centre itineraries can be changed to fit your requirements with higher grade hotels and upgraded rooms. Other route combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.

GoldenPass Express 8 Day | Switzerland's Top Lakeside Resorts

A memorable holiday combining stays beside two of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes with a journey across mountain passes on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and GoldenPass Express.

From £1429 pp More details...
GoldenPass Express 8 Day | Explore Switzerland's Variety

Opportunity to enjoy one of the most loved journeys in Switzerland! The GoldenPass Express is a leisurely ride from Lake Geneva to Lake Thun, through idyllic countryside and across the Bernese Alps.

From £1494 pp More details...
GoldenPass Express 8 Day | GoldenPass Discovery Holiday

This holiday brings together 2 favourite journeys and 3 of the very best lakes and mountains resorts. The holiday is for a week but can be extended so you can enjoy each resort a little longer.

From £1487 pp More details...
GoldenPass Express 12 Day | Treasured Resorts & A New Discovery

Combining Lucerne and Montreux - both well known for their lively centres and myriad lakes & mountains excursions - with Appenzell, a delightful corner of Switzerland with unique charm.

From £1789 pp More details...
Alp Grüm station Bernina Express with view of Piz Palue and the glacier 15 Day | Leading Scenic Journeys & Resorts

Enjoy three stunning scenic rail journeys with time to explore the diverse regions around alpine St. Moritz, Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva, and Interlaken and Jungfrau mountains.

From £2482 pp More details...
Bernina Express at Brusio Viaduct near Tirano 8 Day | Mini Grand Tour

Scenic journeys including the Glacier, Bernina, GoldenPass and Gotthard Panorama Express trains. Enjoy the full diversity of Switzerland with overnight stays in 6 delightful lakes & mountains resorts.

From £1671 pp More details...
Steamer on Lake Lucerne 13 Day | Four Lakes Scenic Splendours

Four beautiful lakes surrounded by stunning mountains make for an ideal Swiss holiday. There are three scenic rail journeys to transport you between the picturesque resorts.

From £2258 pp More details...
Glacier Express near Andermatt 15 Day | Grand Scenic Train Tour

The ultimate scenic rail holiday! Experience famous journeys across Switzerland, with the opportunity to stay in and explore the sights of some of our favourite lakes and mountains resorts.

From £2395 pp More details...
Holidays with the GoldenPass Express

Your GoldenPass Express carriage

There is a choice of 3 classes on the GoldenPass Express. All three are situated in comfortable carriages with panoramic windows which extend into the roofspace for amazing views of the beautiful landscape. 2nd class and 1st class carriages are very comfortable, with the latter having bigger seats and more space. 

Prestige Class is a new concept with superbly comfortable seats which are raised 40cm higher than in the other carriages, allowing you to feel as if you are truly in the midst of the scenery through which you are passing. For an extra touch of luxury, the seats are heated -a real treat in the winter months.

On board services

An at-seat catering service is available and should be booked in advance. This comprises a choice of packages using local products, including platters from the Bernese Oberland, some Swiss Caviar and breakfast boxes from local producers. Drinks include wine from the Lavaux vineyards near Montreux and beer from Interlaken. 

Other drinks and small snacks are available to purchase on board (card payment only). 

GoldenPass Belle Epoque

Also running on the route between Zweisimmen and Montreux is the GoldenPass Belle Epoque. Formed of a number of nostalgic, beautifully renovated 1930s carriages, this is an opportunity to step back in time and experience travel from a more elegant, bygone era. Relax and enjoy the romance of the carriage and the beautiful views you’ll be treated to en route. 

Please specify when booking if you would like to travel on this type of train. You will be able to connect with local trains for the Interlaken-Zweisimmen section of the journey. 

GoldenPass Express prices

We will include the cost of the GoldenPass Express in your tailor-made holiday quotation, including the seat reservation booking fee.

Connecting with other scenic rail journeys

We can create a multi-centre scenic rail holiday which combines the GoldenPass Express with other famous trains. 

From Montreux: travel on regional rail to Brig and connect with the Glacier Express to St. Moritz

From Interlaken: travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express to Lucerne or Lötschberg Regio Express to Brig

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GoldenPass Express

Highlights of the route


Please click below to discover more about the beautiful sights you will see as you journey along the route of the GoldenPass Express

Planning your holiday 2024/25

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GoldenPass Express video

A short video of the GoldenPass Express, including Prestige Class