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Glacier Express - Switzerland

  • Through the mountains
  • Interior of Glacier Express train
  • Explore untouched mountain landscapes

The Glacier Express is the most famous railway in the world. It travels from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz in around seven hours. It is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and 291 impressive bridges.

You will experience Switzerland practically from within a single train. Setting off from Zermatt, the leisurely internationally-renowned spa town at the foot of the Matterhorn, your journey will take you to the glamorous holiday village of St. Moritz. From the Valais into the Engadine, the train passes through deepest Switzerland at the Gotthard Pass. The hidden sources of two European "giants" – the Rhone and the Rhine – lie here.

Each of these trains consists of two first-class panorama carriages and three second-class panorama carriages. In the middle of the train, between first and second class, there is a service car. Food is freshly prepared in the kitchen and the bar section has 24 standing places.

General Information

Seat Reservations

The seat reservation is obligatory and will be levied on anyone travelling by the Glacier Express. The fee must be paid in full by all passengers, including children and others holding discount travel passes. This does not apply to children under six who do not require a seat. Holders of all TCV and Eurail passes must also pay the fee.

First vs Second Class

1st class panoramic viewing cars = Oversized windows which extend into the roof cove provide all-around panoramic views. There are 36 seats (6 x four-seater and 6 x two-seater compartments, central aisle carriage) with a table or 30 seats (5 x four-seater and 5 x two-seater compartments). Air conditioning and sealed windows.

2nd class panoramic viewing cars = Oversized windows which extend into the roof cove provide all-round panoramic views. There are 48 seats (12 x four-seater compartments, central aisle carriage) with a table. Air conditioning and sealed windows.


During the journey, please leave luggage in the areas outside the compartment. Whenever possible, we recommend that you transport your luggage from hotel to hotel with your coach. Unless otherwise agreed with the hotel, each guest is responsible for loading and unloading his or her own luggage.

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