Holidays with the Glacier Express

T he Glacier Express may well be the most well-known scenic train journey in Europe. The full length of the route is 290 kilometres and the train goes at an average speed of 38 km per hour – hence the tagline ‘the slowest express train in the world. Crossing a total of 291 bridges, plunging through 91 tunnels, navigating river valleys, spiral loops and mountain passes, the train has some work to do but makes the journey across the Swiss Alps seem effortless, not to mention spectacular. You can experience the full 8-hour 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 will certainly enjoy the ride. The video below was taken by a member of the TMR team.      

PLEASE NOTE: The Glacier Express runs all year round (including Christmas Day) except for a period between late October and early December when routine maintenance is carried out. During this time, you can travel the same route on Swiss public train services.

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.