Lake cruise

Lake Geneva

Route: Genf - Lausanne/Evian - Vevey - Montreux - St-Gingolph

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It has been 130 years since the Belle Epoque lake steamers ply the waters of Central Europe's largest lake, criss-crossing the lake to connect Swiss villages and towns to French destinations, such as Geneva to Montreux via Lausanne and Evian (France). Whether the lake is shrouded in early morning mists or a blood-red sun sets on the mountains, the on-board restaurant is always good for a delicious treat.

Be sure to scan the shores for the famous sights seen from an unfamiliar perspective, such as the various castles grand and small (for instance the one located in Montreux known as Castle Chillon) or the vineyards that yield an excellent vintage or the snowy peaks of the Swiss and Savoy Alps. The boats call on places that are also gateways to other exciting adventures, such as taking a cogwheel train up to the Rochers-de-Naye or Les Pléiades, or the Swiss Chocolate Train going to Gruyères and Broc. The boats run frequently in summer. In winter, the schedule is reduced, but join us for a fondue on our boats.


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    Irene Olynyk

    We are staying in Lausanne for 2 nights (August) Our main reason for being there is to explore the Laveau wineyards. We would then like to go to Montreux to spend some time exploring the alps before catching a train to Interlaken Ost. I can only see one train that goes from Lausanne to montreax in the morning (very early!) Have I misread this, and is there a boat that we could take instead? We want to have as much time in Montreax as possible. Thanks heaps.

    Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 10:58 AM

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    Lausanne is the Swiss port for passenger ferries to the French towns Thonon and Evian on the southern shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). These ferries carry only passengers and bicycles – no car ferries operate on Lake Geneva. The two ferry routes from Lausanne are officially known as Navi Mobilité routes N1 (Lausanne-Evian) and N2 (Lausanne-Thonon). Just fewer than 30 crossings of Lake Geneva are made each day per route. The Lausanne-Evian ferry crosses Lake Geneva in between 20 and 35 minutes. The return fare is around CHF32 / €23 (CHF43 / €32 in first class). The Lausanne-Thonon ferry crosses Lake Geneva in between 27 and 50 minutes. Use a daily card (see savings deals below) on this route. A surcharge, not covered by most passes or day tickets, is payable on the fastest crossings on this route. The ferries from Lausanne to Evian and Thonon are aimed at commuters and thus operate year round, although sailings are fewer during winter. The first boats of the day depart for Evian around 5 am and the last ones around 11 pm (hours on the Thonon route are a bit shorter).

    Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 11:22 AM

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    Yoko Kurata

    To whom it may concern, Hello. I would like to know how long does it take to get from the French side of lake Geveva to Montreux by boat. And how often the bout leaves from the pier.

    Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 5:36 PM

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