A panoramic trip through the heart of Switzerland on board the world's slowest express train
St. Moritz - Chur - Brig - Zermatt
It takes just under 8 hours for the Glacier Express to complete its journey, as you relax in comfort in modern 1st or 2nd class panoramic carriages. The train winds its way up to over 2,000m at the Oberalp Pass, through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape of glaciers, ancient forests, rushing mountain streams and valleys, travelling through 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. The historic section between Thusis and St. Moritz is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Line. You can discover more by clicking here.
The journey can be enjoyed from Zermatt to St. Moritz or vice versa, or you could try the shorter section (4 hours) between Brig and Chur.
Dining on the Glacier Express is a leisurely experience, enjoyed whilst the ever changing scenery slowly passes by the huge windows. Your pre-booked lunch, which is freshly prepared for you in the galley, is served at your seat.
Suggested two and multi centre holidaysHolidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended
Our suggested itineraries can be changed to fit your own requirements with higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional centres. Other combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.
5 days Brig and Chur A shorter scenic journey, perfect as an introduction to the Glacier Express.
8 days Zermatt and St. Moritz A true highlight of a holiday in Switzerland is a scenic rail journey; this itinerary offers the classic Glacier Express combination.
8 days St. Moritz, Andermatt and Lucerne A holiday which includes some of the most beautiful scenic journeys, plus a ride on a steam train across a high alpine pass.
8 days Appenzell and Zermatt A wonderful way to combine the charm of traditional Switzerland with the magnificent high Alps and a Glacier Express journey.
8 days Mini Grand Tour Highlights of Switzerland for lovers of travel, with the Glacier, Bernina and Gotthard Panorama Express and GoldenPass Line.
12 days to Interlaken, Lugano, Pontresina and Zermatt A scenic tour of some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in Switzerland, with 4 unforgettable journeys.
12 days Swiss Grand Tour Including journeys on the Glacier, Bernina and Gotthard Panorama Express trains and stays in some of our favourite resorts.
12 days to Klosters, Zermatt and Montreux Experience the mountains with two contrasting sides of the Alps, plus a relaxing stay beside Lake Geneva.
15 days Grand Rail Tour An amazing holiday combining the classic scenic rail journeys showcasing the contrasting beauty of the different Swiss regions.
15 days winter Grand Tour Enjoy winter lakes and mountains landscapes across the breadth of the country with a full complement of scenic rail journeys.
All panoramic viewing cars in both 1st and 2nd class are air conditioned and offer oversized windows which extend into the roof cove providing all round panoramic views. Along the route, the most important features are described via headphones in English.
First class carriages have 36 places: four-seats or two-seats, with tables either side of a central aisle.
Second class carriages have 48 places: four-seats with tables either side of a central aisle.
The Glacier Express is a non-smoking train.
On board services
Service staff will take your orders for drinks and lunch, which will all be served to you at your seat. There is also a small bistro with standing tables offering drinks and light snacks. You will find a selection of souvenirs available to buy and you can even send a postcard from the train.
NEW Excellence Class
From 2019, you can enjoy the premium 'Excellence Class' from Glacier Express. With comfortable, guaranteed window seats for all passengers, a dedicated check in desk and a VIP in-carriage bar, this is a fabulous way to enjoy the alpine journey during a special anniversary or birthday celebration. Snacks and soft drinks are provided throughout the day, as well as a superb lunch (with appetizer and apéritif) and afternoon tea and canapés.
Excellence Class is available 2 March-13 October 2019, on the morning departures from Zermatt and St. Moritz (trains 902/903). Supplement from £256 per person in addition to 1st class prices.
Glacier Express costs
St. Moritz/Pontresina to Zermatt or vice versa: 2nd class from £62 per person or 1st class from £112 per person
Davos to Zermatt or vice versa: 2nd class from £59 per person or 1st class from £104 per person
Chur to Brig or vice versa: 2nd class from £33 per person or 1st class from £59 per person
Booking fee: from £19 per person winter, £27 spring & autumn, £35 summer
Three course lunch on board: £37 per person
Prices are a guide and will vary according to itinerary. They are valid only with the Half Fare Card (included with your holiday).
Transfer your bags between resorts: simply register your luggage at the station before 9am and collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where luggage will not be available until the following morning, so an overnight bag would be needed.
Each transfer costs £10 per item plus an additional one-off fee of £24.