The world's slowest luxury express train, Glacier Express links the glitzy mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the idyllic Swiss Alps. Passing through World Heritage-listed landscapes, the train traverses 291 bridges and 91 tunnels, crossing a mountain pass 2,033 m (6,670 ft) above sea level. The giant windows of the elegantly designed panoramic carriages give you unobstructed views of the majestic Alpine scenery, including lush valleys, deep gorges, and soaring mountaintops. If you can't devote an entire day to admiring mountains landscapes from inside a train carriage, choose a shorter section of the journey and get off at one of the railway's intermediate stations. You must reserve your seats in advance, so plan ahead and book online. Use our Zermatt online driving holiday planner to add Glacier Express and other attractions to your Zermatt vacation plans.
Glacier Express reviews
We were travelling from Chur to Zermatt with glacier express and we were very disappointed. Due to some technical problems they served our pre-order food immediately after we set on our places. The... more »
Not worth it imo. The route is nothing speical, just 1 landmark (a viaduct) that you can't even take good pictures of as the way the reflections are. I done the whole line from Zermatt to St Moritz... more »
Don’t take glacier express in the summer time. You don’t feel any air con in the coach, and with the windows up to the ceiling, you have no where to hide from the sunshine. Besides, the so-call three-course lunch is terrible, don’t waste the money. All in all , I prefer to call this journey as a “sauna express”.
Eurail pass is valid for Glacier Express but if you want to take special panoramic train, you should pay reservation fees. In Glacier Express route, Oberalppass is the highest train station and has a impressive view.
Plan your trip to Zermatt
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Zermatt
Hidden gems in Zermatt
See all ›
Historic Sites in Zermatt
Plans to Glacier Express by other users
22 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM ICELAND October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Swiss Alps BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, teens, outdoors, popular sights Preferences: January, teens, outdoors Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Zermatt BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Swiss Alps BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium