Cycling from Lausanne to Montreux

Cycling from Lausanne to Montreux

Route: Lausanne to Montreux (or Montreux to Lausanne)
Length: 25km / 2-3 hours cycle one way (allow extra time for stopping off)

Route summary: This easy cycle is combined with a boat trip to make an excellent day trip exploring the shores of Lake Geneva and the Lavaux vineyards. Our suggestion is to begin from Montreux taking a boat from the boat jetty in front of the tourist office to Lausanne (22 CHF one way / 11 CHF with a Swiss half-fare pass / 8 CHF to transport a bike). The cycle ride takes you from Ouchy, the harbour area at Lausanne, along the shore via the cycle route (at times along the main road) and through a section of the vineyards along a lovely tourist walking/cycling trail. Along the way you pass through the pretty wine-growing villages of Lutry, Cully, Rivaz, St. Saphorin and Vevey. It is a delightful route and there are various possible variations depending on if you wish to ride further up into the vineyards or stay close to the lake. Our suggested route gives a taste of both. There are ample opportunities to stop off for refreshments in the lakeside cafes and to have a swim in the lake in the beach areas.

Alternatively, the cycle ride could be done as a round trip, missing out the boat trip, starting from Montreux, heading to Vevey, up to Chexbres, following the vineyards roads all the way to Lausanne and returning along the flat lakeside route making a longer cycle ride of approximately 50km.

A free cycle route map can be obtained from the Montreux tourist office.

Route notes: Take the boat from Montreux to Lausanne from the jetty outside the tourist office (1 hr 15 mins) taking your bikes aboard. Enjoy the scenic views of Montreux, the lakeside vineyards and the mountains behind. Disembark at Ouchy, the lakeside area of Lausanne.

Set off cycling from Ouchy following the lake wherever possible and following the pink Route du Rhine signs (but taking a detour down to the picturesque lakeside villages as you reach them). Cycle through Pully and onto Lutry then just after Lutry watch out for the cycle route sign directing you left off the main road going downhill slightly then up into the vineyards on the chemin de Villette. This route is perfect for cyclists and runs through the terraced vineyards, parallel to the road and lake below. You emerge at Cully and we recommend heading down to the lakeside here for refreshment in either the waterside restaurant or the cheaper cafe a little further along by the harbour area.

From Cully, continue along the main road for a short distance then head off left into the vineyards on the chemin Plan-Pérey, later joining the chemin du Calamin and chemin de Délazey. If you miss the turn-off as we did you can still join this route but will have to carry your bike up a couple of flights of steps where you see the yellow 'tourisme pédestre' sign! It's worth it though as this cycle/walking route is traffic-free and you have splendid views. On the way you pass through the really pretty villages of Epesses and Rivaz before descending to the road and continuing onto St-Saphorin. We stopped off for a swim near here before continuing along the cycle route on the road. On reaching the outskirts of Vevey, we suggest turning off the main road at the Nestle building cutting through the car park and down a path to join the quay area. There is a large grassy area and bathing area here which is very popular in the summer.

Continue to cycle along the front at Vevey to the Place du Marché and beyond. Keeping to the lakeside you continue past Nestlé's Musée d'Alimentation (indicated by the giant fork in the lake!) and along to La-Tour-de-Peilz. Cycle as far as you are able along the lake before having to head back up to the road for a while. Continue along the road, passing the lovely bathing spot of Maladaire, and when you see the harbour at Clarens, turn off and follow the lakeside path all the way into Montreux.

Bike Hire: Bikes can be hired from Montreux train station although during busy periods, it is best to reserve ahead to be sure of getting a bike. The hotel opposite Montreux train station and the youth hostel also hire bikes. Another alternative is to rent bikes from Vevey train station or at weekends in the summer you may find bikes to rent for free adjacent to Manor shopping centre in Vevey, just opposite the station.


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1 Response to Cycling from Lausanne to Montreux

Supiani winata Says:
July 12th, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Dear Sir,

I am interested in a 2-3 hours cycling tour around Montreux area. We will be staying in Prealpina Hotel in Chexbres. Can you suggest a cycling route starting from Chexbres. We will be arriving in Chexbres on July 25. So planning this trip in July 26 late afternoon when it's cooler or morning starting at 8.30 am. Kindly advise. Thank you.