The golden pass train is using the ordinary traintrack that is used by lots of trains every day without a surcharge, without the need of reservation and with waggons that are less crowded !
The only advantage that I see for the Golden Pass train is that you have some wider panorama-windows, an aircondition (that you mostly dont need in Switzerland) and a table in front of your seat plus earphones with explanations given.
Something that is not possible on these trains is to open a window !
This is why I mostly take the ordinary trains between Montreux and Interlaken. The landscape around Gstaad is really stunning, so dont miss that trainline !
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Travelling from Spiez by train to Gstaad and onwards to Montreux is one of the best experiences that you can get in Switzerland and this trainline is also a part of the ordinary train-system, so all of your half-fare tickets, Eurail, Interrail etc. are valid !
Skip the Golden Pass train, that just needs extra reservation, a surcharge and will be crowded almost every day of the year !
On all of the other, ordinary trains you can hop on and off as you like without reservation !!!
- Budget Travel
As I already disclosed in the title, Gstaad is one of the stations on the route of the GoldenPass train, which goes from Montreux to Interlaken and vice-versa. It is one of those railway routes that are very well-known by tourists, so the company of Swiss railways recommends to make reservations, however they are not obligatory. Personally, I did not make a reservation, although I was there during the high season, and I was able to find seats anyway.
In addition to the GoldenPass trains, but covering a section of the same route, there are also other local trains of the line that connects Montbovon to Zweisimmen. They travel every hour from before 5 am to after 11 pm, so goint to Gstaad or leaving it is very easy.
My picture shows a railway bridge that can be seen from the centre of Gstaad, and of course, if you happen to travel by, you can have a view of the centre of Gstaad from the train.
The timetables can be found in the website of the SBB, the Swiss railways.