Montreux Oberland Bernois train
The Montreux Oberland Bernois Train (MOB) is a mythical train of the Western part of Switzerland, departing from the Vaud Riviera to the green pastures of the Bernese Oberland in the south of the Canton of Berne. It is a railway managed by Golden Pass Services. It was built with metric tracks at the beginning of the 1900s, from 1901 to 1912, at the same time as the other railways of the Vaud Riviera.
Former publicity for the MOB at the Swiss Model Railway Foundation. The towns of Montreux, Montbovon, Château d’Oex, Gstaad, Zweisimmen and Lenk are easily visible.
Vaud and Fribourg part
From Montreux on the Vaud Riviera next to Lake Geneva, the MOB train climbs to Les Avants and then arrives at Montbovon in the Gruyère district of the Canton of Fribourg via a tunnel under the Col de Jaman.
The Châtelard castle from the MOB train.
Bernese Oberland part
The route continues through the Canton of Vaud and Château d’Oex, then through the Canton of Bern with Gstaad, Zweisimmen and finally Lenk. Some MOB panoramic trains offer seats at the front of the train, at the place usually reserved for the locomotive engineer driving the train. To take advantage of this offer, you must reserve your seats in advance.
The Montreux Oberland Bernois train is interconnected with several other train lines.
- At Chamby: Blonay-Chamby museum train.
- At les Avants: Les Avants-Sonloup funicular.
- At Montbovon: Transport Public Fribourgeois line (TPF) to Gruyères and Bulle.
- At Zweisimmen: GoldenPass line to Lucerne via Interlaken.
From Montreux, the ride takes:
- 45 minutes to Montbovon
- 1h15 to Gstaad
- 1h45 to Zweisimmen
- 2h15 to Lenk.
Several types of GoldenPass trains are available, you have to check the timetables to know which one you will take. The most interesting train is the new panoramic train, whose pictures can be seen on this page.
La Torpille proposes a magnificent day trip with the MOB train:
- Departure from the MOB station in Montreux.
- Exit to Gstaad after 1h15 travel time.
- Walk to the station of the Wispie cable car taking 20 minutes.
- Ascent with the Wispie cable car.
- Pic-Nic at the top of the Wispie with a superb panorama.
- Return to Montreux
A video of the first part of the route from Montreux.
A video of the second part of the MOB route.
Webcam from inside the MOB train!!