The Swiss Holiday Company

Glacier Express - A highlight of a holiday to Switzerland The slowest express train in the world

The Glacier Express is a panoramic journey through the heart of Switzerland on board the world's slowest express train. It takes just under 8 hours to complete its journey, as you relax in comfort in modern 1st or 2nd class panoramic carriages as 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 with 91 tunnels and 291 impressive bridges. The historic section between Thusis and St. Moritz is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Line. There is English commentary to help you get the most out of this spectacular journey.

 

Dining on the Glacier Express is leisurely experience, enjoyed whilst the ever changing scenery slowly passes by giving you a moving picture of the Swiss countryside. Your pre-booked lunch, which is freshly prepared for you in the galley kitchen situated in the middle of the train, is served at your seat along with any refreshments (payable locally) you may require throughout your unforgettable journey.

Please click here for a video showcasing the Glacier Express. 

route of the glacier express

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We'll be pleased to create any Glacier Express itinerary to suit you, incorporating your own selection of resorts, duration, hotels and excursions.

We can even help you build a Grand Tour, combining the Glacier Express with other scenic rail routes such as the Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express. 

Call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices



Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Glacier Express

All holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended

These suggested itineraries can be changed to fit your own requirements with higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional centres.

5 days BRIG AND CHUR

A shorter scenic journey, linking the charming town of Brig and Switzerland's oldest town of Chur.

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5 DAYS AROSA AND BRIG

A shorter holiday, featuring the Arosa Line as well as the Glacier Express.

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8 DAYS AROSA, ZERMATT AND INTERLAKEN

Idyllic high alpine resorts combined with the lively town of Interlaken beside two lakes.

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8 DAYS AROSA, MONTREUX AND LUCERNE

A week's holiday which features the Arosa Line and GoldenPass Line as well as Glacier Express.

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8 days ZERMATT AND PONTRESINA

Experience Zermatt - the village beneath the Matterhorn, and the Upper Engadin mountains of Pontresina.

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8 DAYS ZERMATT AND ST. MORITZ

The classic Glacier Express combination

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8 DAYS St. Moritz, Andermatt and LUCERNE 

Mountain grandeur, lakeside tranquillity and a number of scenic rail journeys including a trip on the Furka Line steam train.

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11 Days LUCERNE, LOCARNO, BRIG and st. moritz  

This is an incredible journey featuring 4 of the world class scenic rail journeys of Switzerland. 

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11 DAYS SPIEZ, MONTREUX AND ST. MORITZ

A recommended combination of lakes and mountains.

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11 DAYS INTERLAKEN, montreux, ST. MORITZ and lugano  

Featuring some of our most popular resorts and the full Bernina Express journey. 

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15 DAYS LUCERNE, INTERLAKEN, ZERMATT AND ST. MORITZ  

Two weeks of lakes and mountains perfection, also including a Bernina Express trip. 

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15 Days GRAND RAIL TOUR OF SWITZERLAND  

A celebration of Switzerland's diverse and beautiful lakes and mountains scenery. 

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Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday
  • Choose your scenic rail journey
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Consider how many nights to be spent in each resort
  • Choose 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

Express Luggage: Transfer your bags between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Express Luggage'. All you need to do is register your luggage at the station before 9am and then collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where your luggage will not be available until the following morning when we would recommend carrying an overnight bag with you.

The cost of each luggage transfer is £10 per item plus an additional charge of £24 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

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