Swiss Travel Experience: GoldenPass Express train to start from December 11; booking starts in India
The Switzerland-based MOB has announced the launch of the Goldenpass Express train at an event in Mumbai. The new train will connect Montreux-Gstaad-Interlaken. With this, now passengers can directly reach from Montreux to Interlaken, thus addressing a long-standing demand from travellers across the world including India.
Speaking exclusively to TravelBiz Monitor on the sidelines of the event, Frederic Delachaux, Responsible Marketing, MOB, said that in the absence of a direct train on this route travellers used to travel in one section or they had to change in Zweisimmen for further journeys. “Even people from the Indian travel trade told us many times that the region is beautiful and they want to sell more tickets. But the absence of a direct train poses a big problem for them. The problem is solved with the launch of the new train,” pointed out Delachaux. The train will complete the journey between Montreux and Interlaken in 3.15 hours and the launch will be on December 11, this year. “We have already started bookings for the new train here in India. We will start with two trains and add two more in June next year,” revealed Delachaux.
The GoldenPass Express train is unique in terms of technology. “This train is unique worldwide as it switches from the metric track (between Montreux and Zweisimmen)to the normal track (between Zweisimmen and Interlaken) in a few seconds. Technology meets comfort and passengers can stay on the same train throughout the whole journey,” said Delachaux.
Talking about the demand for this product, he said that they are getting a very good response from all the international markets they work on. “We are working with the markets like, the US, China, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil, Europe etc and the demand for our product is fantastic,” said Delachaux.
Throwing light on the Indian market, he said, “We have a long history with the Indian market and it is one of the most important markets for us. We mainly focus on Delhi and Mumbai, but of late response from tier 2 cities is also encouraging.”.