Points of Interest on the Route
The only times at which there is little of interest to observe
from the Glacier Express is 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.
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
Enhance your Experience with Two Classes
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
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.
More about the Glacier Express
Each Glacier Express train consists of two First-class
carriages, a carriage containing a bar and toilets, and three
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.
Since 2005 the Glacier Express has carried around a
quarter of a million passengers each year.
Although the Glacier Express 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.