Glacier Express scenic rail journey

A true highlight of a holiday in Switzerland

Scenic views from the Glacier Express
Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge
Spring journey on the Glacier Express
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.

Make your holiday one to remember with a journey on the glacier express

Speak to our team today to find out how you can combine your holiday with a breathtaking ride on the renowned glacier express

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Glacier Express suggested holidays 2020/2021
Holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended

Our suggested two and multi centre itineraries can also be changed to fit your requirements with higher grade hotels and upgraded rooms. Other combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.

GoldenPass Line between Zweisimmen and Montreux 8 Days Mini Grand Tour Of Switzerland

A special highlights of Switzerland itinerary for lovers of rail travel, with 4 fabulous scenic rail journeys. Stay in delightful lakes and mountains resorts with beautiful views.

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Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge 12 Day Scenic Highlights Tour Of Switzerland

This special tour takes you to some of Switzerland's best lakes and mountains locations. Includes 3 wonderful scenic rail journeys and stays in Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt and Chur.

From £1544 pp More details...
Spring journey on the Glacier Express 17 Day Grand Tour of Switzerland

The ultimate scenic rail holiday! Experience five famous journeys across Switzerland, with the opportunity to stay in and explore the sights of seven of our favourite lakes and mountains resorts.

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The Glacier Express near Hospental 5 Days Brig & Chur With Glacier Express

A shorter scenic rail journey, perfect as an introduction to the famous Glacier Express. You'll experience alpine views as you cross the mountains and stay in the historic towns of Brig and Chur.

From £973 pp More details...
Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge 8 Days Arosa & Spiez Holiday

Three contrasting scenic rail journeys - the Arosa Line, Glacier Express and Lötschberg Line - connect your stay in idyllic alpine Arosa with Spiez on the shore of Lake Thun.

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Glacier Express on the Solis Viaduct 8 Days Classic Zermatt & St. Moritz

This itinerary offers the classic Glacier Express combination of mountain resorts. The full journey across the Alps takes around 8 hours, with the most glorious scenery en route.

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Landwasser Viaduct 8 Days Scenic Rail With Furka Steam Train

A holiday which includes some of the most beautiful scenic alpine journeys - the Glacier, Bernina and Gotthard Panorama Express trains - plus a ride on a steam train across the Furka Pass.

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Bernina Express 15 Days Klosters, Brig & Weggis

Staying in these resorts allows you to explore wonderful scenery from the high Alps to the serenity of Lake Lucerne. Rail journeys include the Glacier, Bernina and Luzern-Interlaken Express.

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Glacier Express in winter 15 Days Winter Grand Tour of Switzerland

Unforgettable Swiss winter lakes and mountains scenery, with journeys including the Glacier, Bernina and Luzern-Interlaken Express trains and stays in no less than 5 scenic resorts.

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Glacier Express suggested holidays

Two and multi centre holidays including this scenic journey can be tailor made to your requirements. We would recommend delightful combinations such as the ones shown below:


Glacier Express in winter

The Glacier Express can be enjoyed throughout the year. If you would like to travel during the winter and experience the sight of snow on the Alps, we have a few recommendations to help you get the most from your holiday:

*Consider the shorter Brig-Chur journey (or vice versa) during the weeks with the shortest daylight hours. The 4 hour journey takes in fabulous views and lunch is still included. Both resorts are historic towns with plenty of sightseeing. 

*Most Zermatt hotels have a 7 night restriction during the winter ski season. If you wish to stay for a shorter period, we can recommend staying in Brig instead. Zermatt is certainly worth a visit, which you can do as a day trip from Brig, even taking in the Gornergrat railway. 

*St. Moritz-Brig is a good option for winter as the whole of the 6½ hour journey is completed in daylight. 

*Why not pre-book a Bernina Express day trip during your stay in St. Moritz - you'll enjoy even more spectacular alpine scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Line.

Your Glacier Express carriage

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

You can now 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.

You will be well catered for as you enjoy your scenic journey:

  • Coffee, fruit juice, Champagne and brioche on arrival
  • Apéritif and amuse bouche before lunch
  • Superb, seasonal 5 course meal with accompanying wines
  • Afternoon tea

Excellence Class is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays, on the morning departures from Zermatt and St. Moritz. The full journey must be booked. Supplement from £295 per person in addition to 1st class prices

Glacier Express costs

St. Moritz/Pontresina to Zermatt or vice versa: 2nd class from £65 per person or 1st class from £114 per person
Chur to Brig or vice versa: 2nd class from £35 per person or 1st class from £61 per person

Booking fee: from £28 per person winter, £37 spring, summer & autumn

Three course lunch on board: £38 per person. 

Excellence Class supplements are in addition to the 1st class. 

Prices are a guide and will vary according to itinerary. They are valid only with the Half Fare Card (included with your holiday).

Glacier Express blog

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The famous Glacier Express

Highlights of the route

Route of the Glacier Express

Please click below to discover more about the beautiful sights you will see as you journey along the route of the wonderful Glacier Express

Planning your holiday

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card

You may also like to consider adding a scenic river cruise at the start or end of your holiday. Please ask for details. 

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Glacier Express video

Enjoy a short video of this famous scenic route