Lake trips

View the Lake by Ferry crossing to Lausanne from Evian, or from Bouveret/St Gingolf take the round trip across to Vevey back via Montreux past Chinon castle. The ferries operate as commuter links as well as 5 historic and magnificent paddle steamers all built between 1904 and 1927.

These trips are great on a clear sunny day, the trip from Evian to Lausanne gives beautiful views of the mountains from the lake. You can also visit the museum and headquarters of the Olympics in Lausanne, which is a short walk along from the ferry terminal. Or take a bus to Lausanne Town. The area where the ferry arrives in Lausanne is a flower decked promenade with breathtaking views across the lake. Lausanne town is a cosmopolitain town with shopping bars cafes and restaurants.

Another favourite trip is to travel to Bouveret (just over the border into Switzerland) or from St Gingolf (the border town)  and take the ferry tour, this goes across the lake to Lausanne (about 3 hours), or a shorter route (The Wonderful Alpine Scenery Tour) to the towns east of Montreux, passing Montreux, following the lake edge passing Chinon castle and back to Bouveret (about 2 hours).

You sail along the Riviera and see the unforgettable Chillon Castle (see separate tab) and enjoy the exceptional panoramic view of the Alps and the Dents du Midi mountains. Cast between the lake and the mountains, you'll see the Peilz island, the Grangettes nature reserve and you'll also pass piers of several ports before coming back to your departure point.

 Timetable and details at

 St-Gingol paddle-steamer

St Gingolf port departure