Lake Geneva cruises - Lake Geneva (Vaud)

Leisurely cruises in beautiful surroundings

 
About Lake Geneva cruises

Available: all year round (fewer services in winter)

Costs

Lake Geneva Regional Pass: FREE 

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE 

Half Fare Card: 26 Sfr per person for a day pass

With plenty of scheduled boat services on Lake Geneva, you can enjoy an outing on a motor-powered saloon vessel or on an elegant, restored paddlewheel steamboat, some of which date back over 100 years. Excellent dining facilities are available, as well as themed events and round trip excursions (half or full day trips). All tickets for these trips can be purchased locally from either the tourist office in resort, the local train station or directly at the boat station.


Highlights

Classic cruises

Relax on the lake and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Riviera. You'll see numerous lakeside villages and a backdrop of beautiful mountains. The regular schedule of boats and lake steamers can take you to Chillon Castle, the Lavaux vineyards and the lively city of Geneva.

You can even cross over to France and visit lovely resorts such as Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains. Please remember to bring your passport. 

Restored paddle steamers

Check the schedule if you would like to take your cruise on one of the paddle steamers.  If you have a 1st class ticket you can relive the splendour of the Belle Epoque in the opulent first class lounge or by relaxing on the exclusive upper deck.

Culinary cruises

The Sunday lunch cruises are recommended - try one which takes you on a round trip past Montreux, Chillon and the Dents du Midi mountains.

On Friday nights, you can try the fondue cruise from Lausanne - great fun.


Directions

The main boat station in Montreux is in the centre of town, just along from the Freddie Mercury statue.

In Lausanne, head for the Ouchy waterfront area.

Vevey's landing station is also easy to spot on the resort's lake shore. All tickets can be purchased locally.

More excursions in the region

This delightful region offers everything from vineyard walks and lake cruises to nostalgic rail journeys and mountain beauty spots overlooking Lake Geneva. There are also higher mountain visits to enjoy, with plenty of scenic trails and alpine restaurants. 

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Your choice of resorts

You can choose to stay in an elegant, lively resort such as Montreux or Lausanne or find a quieter holiday in Vevey and nearby La Tour-de-Peilz. All have excellent access to beautiful Lake Geneva. For a mountain holiday, we recommend delightful Villars.

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