Glacier Express Holidays

O f all the scenic journeys in Switzerland, or in fact the whole of Europe, the Glacier Express is one of the most well-known. Crossing a total of 291 bridges, plunging through 91 tunnels, navigating river valleys, spiral loops and mountain passes, the train traverses Switzerland through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on the planet.

You can experience the full journey from Zermatt to St Moritz or alternatively, we often recommend joining the eastbound train at Brig or the westbound at Chur. Which ever route you choose, you are sure to enjoy the ride.


Classes of Travel

Glacier Express

Aboard the train, there is a choice of standard, first class or Excellence class accommodation. All three classes are in carriages with panoramic windows, giving you a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery. In standard and first classes, you are served a meal at your seat for which you pay locally. Excellence Class comes at a premium but includes all meals and drinks, along with modern, spacious carriages, window seats throughout and VIP service. You can read more about this class of travel in our blog.




Glacier Express

Terminus stations: Zermatt and St Moritz

Distance: 180 miles at an average speed of 24mph

Journey time: The full route takes just over 8 hours, but you can also join the train at Brig or Chur.

Highest point: 6,670 ft (2,033 m) at the Oberalp Pass .

History: The first journey from Zermatt to St Moritz was in 1930.

Seasonality: Open all year round (including Christmas Day) except for a period between late October and early December when routine maintenance is carried out.