Travelling on the Glacier Express train

At a glance

  • Scenic train
  • Switzerland

The scenic Glacier Express is a year-round, narrow-gauge Swiss train run in cooperation between Rhaetian Railway and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Air-conditioned, modern and spacious observation cars with large panoramic windows make the Glacier Express a wonderful journey through some of Switzerland’s finest mountain scenery. There are three services daily in summer and one in winter running the full route from Zermatt to St Moritz. This really is a train for all seasons. But do remember that it’s aimed fair and square at the international tourist market. You’ll not find yourself rubbing shoulders with the locals.

The iconic red-and-white Glacier Express takes about eight hours for the full run from Zermatt to St Moritz. You’ll pass through wonderful Alpine landscape from the foot of the Matterhorn in the Valais region of Switzerland through Graubünden to the Engadine. Highlights include the ascent to the route’s highest point, the Oberalp pass, and the descent down into the Rhine gorge via Disentis. NOTE: You need to book this scenic train through Glacier Express's own website, however we do sell tickets on the same beautiful route, between Zermatt and St. Moritz, but for travel on board a normal passenger train. Fewer frills but just as many thrills.

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Seating and sleeping on Glacier Express

Standard Class

Standard Class seating on the Glacier Express is in groups of four comfortable seats around a table. Every seat offers panoramic views. Luggage may be stored in the space between each back-to-back pair of seats and at the end of each carriage. A commentary about principal sites along the route is available in six languages through the audio system at your seat.

Food and drink on Glacier Express

Trolley Service

The catering staff will come through the train with a trolley service offering snacks, sweets and drinks.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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