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Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is undoubtedly Switzerland's best known train.

Departing from Chur, we board the magnificent Glacier Express for a spectacular journey offering unparalleled views of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world. We spiral up the mountains, crossing enormous viaducts, burrowing through tunnels and rising above the clouds on our way to Zermatt, under the mighty Matterhorn.

 

Highlights of the journey

Highlights of the route include the ascent of the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the line at 2,033 metres above sea level, the stunning Rhine Gorge through which the train travels alongside the river and the remarkable - and famous - Landwasser Viaduct, a vast and curving limestone structure of six arches which spans the Landwasser River sixty-five metres below and leads the Glacier Express directly into the adjoining Landwasser Tunnel. 

The only times at which there is little of interest to observe from the Glacier Expressis when the train is passing through one of the ninety-one tunnels which lie along its route. Otherwise, passengers enjoy a constantly-changing vista of Switzerland's most breath-taking landscapes as they traverse imposing snow-clad mountain ranges, skirt the shores of vast lakes and pass through rolling Alpine wildflower meadows.

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Glacier Express and the Oberalp Pass

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Classic Glacier Express
Small Group
4.6 stars(84 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
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Glacier Express
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2022AugSepOct
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
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4.3 stars(36 reviews)
2022AugSep
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Glacier Express
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2022AugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
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Engadine Valley
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2022SepOct
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
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2023JanFebMar
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
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2023JanFebMar
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Grand Alpine Explorer
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2022AugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
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Grand Alpine Explorer
11/Aug
D Harriman
5 stars
“Excellent. A very good tour, with good hotels and a helpful tour guide. Perhaps Guides could be reminded that when planning the time needed to walk to or from Railway Stations, they should take into account the time required to do the distances by the older members of the party. The above comment is, however, no reflection on our own Guide who, although possibly a little optimistic of the walking speeds that we older members of the party could achieve, was very helpful towards those of us who were not as agile as the rest of the party.
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Traditional Glacier Express
9/Aug
Catherine
5 stars
“Good holiday with a good choice of venues. Found some of the travel days a bit of a rush from arriving and then reaching the hotel and then going out again to eat. Seemed to be always rushing and often very hot as most of the hotels did not have either aircon or a fan. I accept this was due to the exceptional temperatures but this may be the pattern for the future. Tour leader was very good and excellent company as was the rest of the group, which was a nice size (16).
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The Glacier Express and St Moritz
8/Aug
Robert
5 stars
“Incredible
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Glacier Express and Rhine Cruise
3/Aug
Helen222
5 stars
“The Glacier Express journey and Gornergrat railway trip in Zermatt both lived up to expectations. Hotel in Zermatt was superb with our balcony overlooking the Matterhorn. The river cruise was very enjoyable with superb food including four course lunches! Excellent, friendly service. The lighter your case the better as there was a lot of switching trains, we both took too much.. There were some unexpected glitches requiring additional coach travel but all was handled competently by our tour guide.
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Mountaintops of Switzerland
31/Jul
M Cherry
5 stars
“A well guided tour which gave a very good (and comfortable) overview of the Swiss Alps. Thank you.
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Klosters and The Glacier Express
25/Jul
.Val
5 stars
“Superb scenery, staying in excellent accomodation and first class travel
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Glacier Express in Winter
29/Mar
Mr DAVID pollard
5 stars
“a great holiday
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Classic Glacier Express in Winter
29/Mar
Customer
5 stars
“Great holiday. Great tour leader. Superb group. Scenery unbelievable.
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Classic Glacier Express
10/Aug
Hazel Carter
4 stars
“It was a bit too hectic for us
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CLASSES OF RAIL

Those making the spectacular journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz on the Glacier Express benefit from a wide range of Great Rail Journeys itineraries. Second Class carriages are comfortable, light and spacious and are designed to carry a maximum of forty-eight passengers via a configuration of twelve tables, six on either side of the carriage, each seating four passengers. Second-class carriages benefit from large panorama windows which extend into the ceiling of the carriage.

Each Glacier Express train consists of two First Class carriages, a carriage containing a bar and toilets, and three Second Class carriages. Between 2006 and 2009, every item of the Glacier Express's rolling stock was renewed to ensure that travellers enjoyed comfort and facilities of the highest standards.

 

 

Glacier Express Interior

The more expensive First-class carriages carry a maximum of thirty-six passengers, offering six four-seat tables and six two-seat tables. As a result, First Class carriages are more spacious and offer larger seats with greater leg room. The panoramic windows in First Class carriages are also larger. Travellers in both classes can enjoy a two or three-course lunch with at-seat service. First Class carriages are served before Second Class carriages. Additional snacks and drinks can be ordered in The Panorama Bar carriage at the centre of the train for delivery to your seat in either class. Carriages in both classes are air-conditioned.

Since 2005 the Glacier Express has carried around a quarter of a million passengers each year. Although the train began operation in 1930 it only ran during the summer months until as recently as 1982 when construction work was completed to ensure that the train could safely negotiate the Furka Pass and the Oberalp Pass in winter.

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