Glacier Express

Glacier Express
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Key features

  • Zermatt - St Moritz: 08:06
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • Scenic trains
  • Unique travel experience
  • Panoramic route

Glacier Express

Glacier Express. Great viaducts & alpine scenery from St Moritz to east and west part of the Swiss Alps.

The Glacier Express is a scenic train offering a panoramic trip through the Alps in Switzerland. From the eastern to western Swiss Alps the views are amazing. The Glacier Express travels through 91 tunnels, over 291 bridges and along 2 km on the Oberalp Pass (2,044 metre-high). Main stations on the route are Zermatt, Brig, Andermatt, Chur, Davos and St. Moritz. The Glacier Express operates all year round. However in winter there are less services.

Important: The route between Disentis and Zermatt is privately owned. You will need an additional ticket even if you have a Eurail pass which includes Switzerland. However you will be entitled to a 25% discount on the additional ticket.

Zurich Wil 00:42 AU$ 41
Zurich Uzwil 00:49 AU$ 44
Zurich Aarau 00:23 AU$ 41
St Gallen Geneva 03:54 AU$ 136
Geneva Solothurn 01:41 AU$ 80
Geneva Yverdon 00:44 AU$ 50
Biel Geneva 01:23 AU$ 72
Geneva Morges 00:26 AU$ 34
Basel Nyon 02:29 AU$ 96
Arth Goldau Basel 01:41 AU$ 66
Basel Delemont 00:34 AU$ 33
Bellinzona Basel 03:19 AU$ 103
Basel Morges 02:15 AU$ 88
Basel Brugg 01:10 AU$ 23
Basel Grenchen 00:57 AU$ 42
Frick Basel 00:48 AU$ 16
Basel Rheinfelden 00:18 AU$ 8
Lausanne Biel 00:58 AU$ 56
Yverdon Lausanne 00:22 AU$ 33
Olten Lausanne 01:35 AU$ 81
Lausanne St Gallen 03:30 AU$ 141

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • Glacier Express tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Printing option(s) :

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before you board

The Chur railway station is one of the most important railway station of the Rhaetian Railway. Parts of the railway station have been recently renovated and the railway station offers modern facilities. The Glacier Express is one the many trains to call in at the Chur railway station.

You must make a reservation to book a seat on the Glacier Express.


The Glacier Express offers passengers both first and second class seating. Panoramic first class has 36 seats with oversized windows showing off the wonderful views. In Panoramic second class the views are just as special but there are 48 seats in the compartment. Both classes benefit from a recorded tour about the sights you can see along the route, described in German, English, French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.
Classes and facilities offered by Glacier Express
First classSecond class
Carrier’s designationName of class of service as you might see on your ticket.First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Panoramic cars Large windows offering panoramic view of the stunning landscape.

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  • "Truly spectacular"    
    We loved this section of our train travel through Europe. The only hiccup was an extra fee as one section of the trip was through a different company and our tickets    Value for money  Convenience