Glacier Express Train

Overview

Running since the 1930’s, the Glacier Express passes through 291 bridges and 91 tunnels with the highest point of the route being the Oberlap Pass. A ride on the Glacier Express Train includes 7.5 hours of gorgeous, panoramic views from Zermatt to St. Moritz/Davos, through the three cantons of Valais, Uri, and Graubübden. Some key sights include St. Moritz, the car-free alpine village of Zermatt, the Albula Line, the Rhine Gorge, and the Oberlap Pass.  Among the idyllic scenery from the train are pristine rivers of the Rhine and Rhone, picturesque alpine villages, and various quaint wooden chalets. Though the accommodations may be essentially Swiss in their understated style, the views certainly are not!

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Glacier Express Train | Photo © Glacier Express

Accommodations

The carriages feature comfortable seating and air-conditioning. During your journey, you may listen to music or a provided audio guide about your route.

  • 1st class: 36 seats (six four-person compartments, six two-person compartments, central aisle w/ tables)
  • 2nd class: 48 seats (12 four-person compartments, central aisle with tables)
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Dining amidst the Alps | Photo © Glacier Express

Food & Drink

All meals served on the Glacier Express are prepared aboard using fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients. The train features a seasonal menu and serves a daily three-course lunch with soup or salad, one main course, and dessert or a small selection of Swiss cheeses with bread and butter. The wine aboard is hand selected from the region and paired perfectly with each meal. Liquor, like grappa and Williams, are held at a height of 24 inches and poured by staff members while the train is moving, to ensure the perfect aeration.

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Photo © Glacier Express

Featured Sights

 St. Moritz: Located 5,910 feet above sea level and considered the nicest, luxury resort in Switzerland, St. Moritz’s prime location allows it an average of 300 sunny days a year! Enjoy the skiing and hiking or spend the day at the spa.

The alpine village of Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn: The mountain village of Zermatt lies under the 14,692 foot tall Matterhorn and features a lively ski-scene and lovely public, outdoor rinks for ice skating. The town’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is lined with boutique shops and restaurants, perfect for a day of leisurely exploration.

The Abula Line with the Solis and Landwasser viaducts and spiral tunnels: The Glacier Express joins the Albula Line, and travels across the Solis and Landwasser elevated, limestone bridges, seemingly floating. It’s an experience like no other.

The Rhine Gorge: The 40 mile stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, features castles and historic towns and vineyards, illustrating the long history of human survival in dramatic and difficult landscapes. This picturesque town and the river gorge that runs through it is an artist’s paradise.

Oberalp Pass: Connecting the cantons of Graubünden and Uri, this high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps stands at 6,706 feet in elevation.

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Photo © Glacier Express

Glacier Express Train: Route Map

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