The Glacier Express offers travel from St. Moritz to Zermatt and back or from Piz Bernina to the Matterhorn. Travel at an altitude of 2,033 meters and enjoy a panoramic trip through the Alps, the route between the sights of the Graub√ľnden holiday region, central and south Switzerland, and the glaciers of the Valais region.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Known as the "slowest express train in the world," the Glacier Express is Switzerland's most famous excursion train. In 7 1/2 hours it travels through a truly glorious alpine landscape between Zermatt and St. Moritz, climbing over 6,670-foot Oberalp Pass. It operates year-round, with more trains in the summer. Even if you're going round trip, stay overnight at either end before returning.
  • On its 169-mile route, the train negotiates 291 bridges and 91 tunnels (keep the kids occupied counting), including 9.5-mile-long Furka Tunnel between Andermatt and Brig. There are modern panoramic cars mixed with antique dining cars that are cool because diners get specially tilted wine glasses designed to prevent spills on the steep sections).
  • Reserve seats facing each other; that way you get two window seats and stay close together. First-class passengers can sit in the glass-domed observation cars with narration. If you'll be taking other trains--and you should--buy Swiss Rail passes to economize. Get Junior Cards for kids ages six to 16 and they ride free with paying parents. Kids under age six are free but don't get seats.

Arguably Switzerland's most famous excursion train, it travels between Zermatt and St. Moritz
Zermatt and St. Moritz
Parking: Summer: first train departs 08.48 (arr 16.42) Winter: first train departs 09.48 (arr. 16.42)
Price: Prices range from 61 CHF to 215 CHF

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 41 (0)27 927 77 77
Fax: 41 (0)27 927 77 79
Price Information: Prices range from 61 CHF to 215 CHF
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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