Rail Holidays in Switzerland

F ew countries have the allure of Switzerland, particularly when it comes to rail holidays. Glass-roofed trains cater specifically to those who travel in their droves to experience the snow-capped peaks, awe-inspiring glaciers and cosmopolitan cities that make up this small but perfectly formed country. Travel on the Glacier Express from the foothills of the Matterhorn to the world-famous resort of St Moritz. Take a train to the highest station in Europe at Jungfraujoch or glide across crystal-clear lakes on a boat cruise. Take a trip to Mount Titlis, near the quaint village of Engelberg, or visit the dramatic Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen. There are also the cities – Zurich, Lausanne and Bern are just some of the cities that lure in visitors from all over the world.

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Switzerland is a stunning country, with its towering peaks, verdant meadows, glacial rivers and clear blue lakes. Even the cows are beautiful! And it’s amazingly easy to get around by public transport with all but the smallest places served by a train station and services running frequently and on time. The country boasts some of the best mountain railways in the world (more on this later) and the steepest cog railway (Pilatus). The food is hearty and delicious with not to be missed dishes including traditional rosti, raclette and of course, fondue, all washed down with fantastic local wines which you can only taste in Switzerland, as they don’t share with the rest of us.

Discover cultural centres like Basel and Zurich as well as less-known but stunning destinations like Bern and Chur. Stunning lakeside resorts like Locarno and Montreux can be combined with the majestic castles of Bellinzona, Reichenbach Falls (where Sherlock Holmes met his end) and exciting cableways into the mountains like Titlis and Schilthorn, where On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed. If you like a scenic train journey, you couldn’t really do much better than the famous Glacier Express or the Bernina Express down across the Italian border. But there are plenty of others to consider, including the Golden Pass route from Montreux up to Interlaken and the Jungfrau Railway, which conveys passengers up to the highest train station in Europe.

Accessing Switzerland from the UK by rail is very easy. There are two main routes we recommend. Paris provides easy access to the French-speaking west of Switzerland, serving cities such as Lausanne and Geneva. If you are heading to Zurich, Chur or Basel, there is the option to travel via Brussels and Frankfurt – connections that do not require a change of station as is necessary in Paris. InterCity trains in Switzerland link major cities such as Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Zurich and Lugano. Trains are air-conditioned, and most have dining cars and a trolley service of drinks and light refreshments. Reliability is excellent and most staff speak many languages, including English.

Itineraries in Switzerland

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  • Brig
  • Chur
Take a whistlestop tour of Switzerland and experience two of its most famous rail journeys - the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.
From £799
  • Basel
  • Interlaken
Travel by train to Interlaken with a night en route in Basel, then take an unforgettable day trip up to the highest station in Europe near the peak of the Jungfrau Mountain.
From £849
  • Interlaken
  • Montreux
Take the train through France to Interlaken, surrounded by the wonders of the Bernese Oberland. Then catch the Belle Epoque or modern panoramic carriages of the Golden Pass line through stunning scenery to Montreux on Lake Geneva.
From £899
  • Vevey
Speed down to the Swiss Riviera and enjoy 5 nights in the pretty town of Vevey on the shores of Lake Geneva, including a regional rail pass so that you can make the most of your stay.
From £899
  • Chur
  • Brig
  • Venice
  • Turin
Make the journey part of the holiday with train travel from London to Switzerland, a night in Chur and then a spectacular ride aboard the Glacier Express en route to the stunning city of Venice.
From £899
  • Chur
  • Como
  • Freiburg
Travel out to one of Italy's most sought-after holiday regions, majestic Lake Como. Take the train via Paris to Chur in Switzerland, then make your entrance in style via the Bernina Express and boat.
From £899
  • Chur
  • Interlaken
Experience three of Europe’s most thrilling and impressive train journeys as you take the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Jungfrau Mountain Railway in stunning Switzerland.
From £1,099
  • Cologne
  • Salzburg
  • Chur
  • Zermatt
  • Strasbourg
Make the most of your winter holiday with a scenic journey through the Alps. Travel from Cologne, through the Rhine Gorge to Salzburg, by panorama coach to Chur, across Switzerland to Zermatt with the Glacier Express and then back to London via Strasbourg.
From £1,299
11 Days
  • Strasbourg
  • Bellinzona
  • Lugano
  • Locarno
  • Lausanne
Visit Ticino, the beautiful Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland. Take in the best of the region with a complimentary Ticino Ticket - a travel pass to use throughout your stay.
From £1,299
  • Zermatt
  • Chur
  • Innsbruck
  • Lake Bled
  • Heidelberg
Travel from Zermatt, in the shadow of the Matterhorn, through the best of the Swiss and Austrian Alps, to picture-perfect Lake Bled in Slovenia's Julian Alps.
From £1,399
  • Strasbourg
  • Zermatt
  • St Moritz
  • Cologne
Journey to the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, then take the world's slowest express train, the Glacier Express, on its full run through to St Moritz. Return home via the Rhine Valley and a night in Cologne.
From £1,399
  • Luxembourg
  • Nuremberg
  • Innsbruck
  • Chur
  • Zermatt
Take the train through the Ardennes to Luxembourg, then experience the Moselle and Rhine Valleys in Germany before taking in the best Alpine scenery imaginable.
From £1,499
11 Days
  • Interlaken
  • Montreux
  • Zermatt
  • St Moritz
  • Lugano
  • Lucerne
From east to west and top to bottom, take an epic tour of Switzerland by rail, including stunning mountain vistas, lakefront resorts and some of the country's most famous scenic rail journeys.
From £1,699
  • Zermatt
  • St Moritz
Enjoy a journey on one of the most famous scenic trains, travelling in style with the new Excellence Class on the Glacier Express. Your holiday also includes first class travel on your other rail journeys, luxury hotels and return flights from the UK to maximise your time in Switzerland.
From £1,799

Famous Trains in Switzerland

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Blogs About Switzerland

3 Sep, 2018
If you're thinking of tackling a mountain - the easy way - on your next rail holiday to Switzerland, our handy guide will help you distinguish your Schilthorn from your Rothorn.
3 Apr, 2019
Our Eurostar check-in was dead easy and we were soon on our way through the Kent countryside, and onwards to Paris at incredible speeds.
3 Apr, 2019
As I sit at the cafeteria with a panoramic view out onto the Aletsch Glacier, I am totally awe-struck by the engineering of the mountain railway that brought me up here.
3 Apr, 2019
Swiss Rail Passes offer flexibility and great value for money on your Switzerland rail holiday.
3 Apr, 2019
Often dubbed “where Swiss efficiency speaks Italian” Ticino Turismo’s current strap-line “The Sunny Side of Switzerland”
2 Apr, 2019
The village of Engelberg in the heart of the Swiss Alps is the perfect winter or summer destination by rail. Located just 45 minutes from Lucerne, Engelberg is a gem in the mountains.