opening times & rates
The castle is open every day of the year, except the 1st of January and the 25th of December.
April to September from 9AM to 7PM (last entry at 6PM)
from 9:30AM to 6PM (last entry at 5PM)
November to February
from 10AM to 5PM (last entry at 4PM)
from 9:3AM to 6PM (last entry at 5PM)
The castle closes its doors at the latest 1 hour after the ticket office closes. While this is sufficient time for visitors to tour the castle in good conditions, we nonetheless recommend coming early enough to ensure an optimal visit to our monument.
Monday to Friday, from 9AM to 12PM, and from 2PM to 5:30PM (021 966 89 10)
RATES (except events)
The following prices are subject to change during special events or themed days at Chillon Castle.
INDIVIDUAL VISITORS Admission fee Adult CHF 12.50 Child (6-15 years old) CHF 6.00 Reduced fee for students, apprentices, pensioners, disability insurance recipients, Swiss
military wearing their uniform, local visitors' card holders (presentation of a valid card required)
Family (2 adults and up to 5 children)
Club 24 (1 card valid for 2 people) CHF 9.50 Riviera Card Adult CHF 6.25 Riviera Card Child CHF 3.00 Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Museum Pass, ICOM free
Have a look at all the partners offers to benefit from preferential rates!
Audioguide rental CHF 6.00
GROUPS (20 PEOPLE MIN.)
Adult CHF 9.50 Child (6-15 years old) CHF 5.00 Adult combi price admission fee + audioguide rental CHF 14.00 Child (6-15 years old) combi price admission fee + audioguide rental CHF 10.00
Chillon offers different guided tours for groups of up to 40 people from CHF 90.00/guide, available in 10 languages.
For visits without a guide there is an explanatory brochure available for individual visitors in the following languages: Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,Thai and Arabic.
Tickets may be paid in cash: CHF, EUR* or USD* (*bills only, change in CHF) or by credit cards (Maestro and Postcard, American Express, Eurocard, JCB and Visa) or with REKA travel cheques (no bank or travellers cheques).
Billing is only possible via agencies who work with the castle on a regular basis and who have a representative in Switzerland.
SCHOOL VISITS' TARIFFSClasses up to 11th yearGuided Tours (max. 30 children)Workshop-Tour (max. 15 children)
Categories Admission per personGuide per group Admission per personGuide per group Children 6 and up to 15 years old CHF 5.00 "Must see, must do
at Chillon Castle"
CHF 90.00 (7.7% VAT incl.)
"Travel back in time"
CHF 140.00 (7.7% VAT incl.)
"Mouthwatering"" CHF 90.00 (TVA 7.7% incl.)
or 140.00 (TVA 7,7% incl) with guide in medieval costume
CHF 5.00 "Everyday life in the Middle Ages"
CHF 140.00 (7.7 VAT% incl.)
"Building and defending a fortress"
CHF 140.00 (7.7 VAT% incl.)
CHF 5.00 Canton of Vaud schools covered by the DJF (upon presentation of a certificate) Free of charge Free of charge
Classes beyond 12th yr
Guided Tours (max. 40 pax)
Students/apprentice over 16 years oldEntry per personGuide per group Up to 19 persons CHF 10.50 CHF 90.00 (7.7 VAT% incl.) Adults CHF 12.50 From 20 persons up = group rate CHF 9.50 CHF 90.00 (7.7 VAT% incl.)
The Castle must be visited during opening times.
However, to see it in good conditions, we advise you to schedule your visit at the following times:
- Mornings: 9AM – 10AM
- Lunch hour: 11:30AM – 1PM
- Afternoons: from 4PM
how to get here
All roads lead to... Chillon!
Autoroute A9, Villeneuve or Montreux exit. Chillon Castle is by the lake side between Montreux (4km away) and Villeneuve (2km away).
Large parking lot, free of charge, in front of the castle (but parking disc obligatory, available at the entrance cashier). Warning: Never leave valuables in the vehicle. If necessary, lockers are available at the castle.
Calculate your route with Michelin.
Direct train to Montreux (4 km away) or local train to "Veytaux-Chillon" (300m away).
Find your train with CFF.
Benefit from the RailAway combined offer: 20% reduction on the journey by train or boat and reduced entry fee to Chillon.
Regular sailings from Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux and Villeneuve in high season.
Boat stop "Chillon" (100m away).
Find your boat with CGN.
Line N° 201 from Vevey, Montreux or Villeneuve.
"Chillon" stop in front of the castle. Buses every 10 to 20 minutes.
Find your bus with VMCV.
Romantic lake-side walk along the "flower-path" from Montreux (4km, 45 minutes) or Villeneuve (2km, 20 minutes), far from the noise and bother of road traffic.
Close to the castle, there is a pretty beach just right for a dip in the lake.
Some conveniences and information to consider:
WC for disabled visitors on demand
ATTENTION : the castle is NOT adapted for wheelchairs. However, 2 audiovisual terminals with 8 short-films about the castle's history are at disposal of the less mobile visitors in the cafeteria
Baby-changing table available
Strollers prohibited : to visit the castle, please leave your stroller in the cafeteria (unsupervised) and prefer baby-carriers
Limited number of berths in front of the castle for private vessels. (depth of water shallow)
Pets are not admitted in the Castle. However, places are reserved for them at the entrance
Rest area with automatic beverage distributors inside the castle
Snack bar and picnic area outside
Restaurants adjacent to the castle (100m from castle's entrance)
Benvenuti al Sud - Tel: +41 21 961 38 02
Taverne de Chillon - Tel: +41 21 961 19 70
Public phone at 200m
Bancomat at 2kms in Villeneuve
Dress code required by our regulations: entry refused to anyone who arrives topless, in bathing suits and/or bare feet.
ACCESS TO AREAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The areas open to the public include the rooms, halls and courtyards beyond the ticket office subject to payment of an entrance fee and to fixed opening and closing times.
These regulations in their entirety apply to visitors touring the castle individually or in groups, as well as:
1) individuals or groups authorised to use certain areas for meetings, receptions, conferences, concerts, artistic performances or various ceremonies;
2) any person not employed at the castle on the premises, even for professional reasons.
It is strictly forbidden to bring into the areas open to the public any objects which, due to their character or end-use might be a risk for the security and safety of persons or property, works of art and/or buildings, such as any type whatsoever of arms or weapons, munitions, tools (cutters, screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, pliers, clippers, etc.), knives, razors, baseball bats, excessively heavy, cumbersome or smelly objects, or any type of explosive, flammable or volatile substance.
Certain rooms or halls being temporarily closed shall not entitle visitors to any reimbursement of the entrance ticket.
Prams, pushchairs and/or strollers are forbidden on the tour of the castle visit.
Only official Castle of Chillon guides are authorised to act as guides in the castle.
Any infraction of these provisions observed during inspection or monitoring of the areas open to the public entitles the Management to alert the police or security forces.
Visitors are required to comply with the warnings and/or orders of Chillon Castle administration and security staff at all times.
PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS, PROPERTY, WORKS OF ART AND BUILDINGS
Chillon Castle is an historical monument and it is under video surveillance. Respecting some basic rules will enable all visitors to enjoy it in optimal conditions whilst preserving the heritage site for future generations.
Visitors are required to behave in a correct manner towards the staff as well as towards other visitors.
The following regulations must be respected:
Smoking (electronic cigarettess too) is forbidden in the castle, both inside the buildings and in the courtyards. It is a museum and therefore a public area.
It is forbidden to enter the castle in bathing suits, without a shirt or t-shirt, or dressed in any manner that might be disruptive to the public.
It is forbidden to walk barefoot within the castle premises.
Running in the rooms, halls or courtyards is not permitted.
No eating and/or drinking is allowed other than in the areas specified.
Animals are not accepted except guide-dogs for the blind.
Writing on or “tagging” walls and/or objects is strictly forbidden.
Touching the wall-paintings, tapestries, furniture and weapons is not allowed. They can be damaged by the slightest touch.
No seats or other furnishings may be moved without the permission of the administration and/or security staff.
Crossing barriers or other provisions for limiting access of the public is forbidden.
Children and under-age youngsters must not be left unsupervised.
It is forbidden to litter by throwing paper or any other object on the ground or elsewhere, including sticking chewing gum on any surface whatsoever.
In addition, we ask visitors to speak softly and to refrain from using mobile phones within the castle, so that other visitors can experience the monument in the calm best suited to the visit.
We hope we need not point out that this is a medieval building and, as such, customary contemporary safety norms cannot always be applied. We therefore recommend that visitors pay particular attention to any obstacles, such as low door frames, steep and/or winding staircases, etc., that could be dangerous. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of anyone in their care.
PHOTOS AND RECORDING
Visitor regulations permit taking photos in the halls with permanent collections under certain conditions:
The works in the halls with permanent collections may be photographed or filmed for the visitor’s private use. However, the use of a flash or any other kind of lighting is not allowed.
Professional photography, shooting films (UAV included), recording radio or television programmes are subject to special regulations and must be authorised in writing by the management of Chillon Castle beforehand. Authorisation for the above is accompanied by a list of specifications stipulating the conditions for the use of the site.
Any and all recording, filming or photography of the castle staff or of visitors to the castle also requires their agreement. Permission for all and any professional photography shooting, film shooting (including drones), radio and television programme filming is subject to special regulations and requires written authorisation in advance from Chillon Castle management. Requests must be received in writing at least two months prior to the filming or shooting.Chillon Castle declines any liability towards third-parties in the event of an infraction of this provision.
Survey and/or petitions may not be done on the premises
All and any kind of business, advertising, propaganda or soliciting activities are forbidden, as well as public gatherings or demonstrations.
Exceptional permission may be granted on educational or research grounds by making a written request to:
Chillon Castle Foundation
21, avenue de Chillon
CH – 1820 Veytaux