Glacier Express, Zermatt
The Glacier Express is a scenic train journey through the Swiss Alps that runs from St Moritz to Zermatt. The train is known as "the slowest fast train in the world", and is certainly a relaxing way to enjoy the gorgeous landscape. The one-way journey takes 7.5 hours.
The Glacier Express has panorama carriages, with massive windows that extend up to and across part of the roof. This means that no one misses out on the magnificent views. There are 1st and 2nd class carriages, and some trains have a dining car.
We didn't start the journey in St Moritz, but instead boarded the train in Chur. From here to Zermatt it took a little less than 6 hours. We found the 2nd class carriage to be excellent, and would see no reason in paying significantly more for 1st class. Seating was comfortable and loved the panoramic windows. It was difficult to take photos through the window though as because it was so bright in the carriage, the person sitting opposite you, and you yourself, would reflect in the window and show in your photo.
We opted to have lunch in the dining car, which was a great experience too. After we boarded the train, a friendly man came and told us what time our lunch sitting was, and at the appointed hour we wandered through to the car. Once everyone was seated for that session the food appeared - the set menu started with a salad, then we had Veal in creamy sauce with vegetables and barley, and a slice of cake for dessert. There was some entertainment from the amusing waiter pouring shots of liqueurs for some diners and spilling it everywhere.
For the first half of our trip the weather wasn't great - grey and raining, though we could still see the views. Thankfully the weather fined up and the blue skies certainly enhanced the experience. The time flew and I was sad when our journey came to an end in Zermatt.
Zermatt - St. Moritz
A great experience riding almost 8hrs on a panoramic Glacier Express,world's "slowest express train".The scenery is just breathtaking!You get to see Switzerland's hidden gems,the lakes,snow covered alps,the Rhine gorge,Switzerland's Grand Canyon,or even pass by the smallest village here with just 3houses,a gasoline station and a chapel.And of course not to miss,the beautifully engineered viaducts.You can read the brochures or plug the headphones provided in different languages, if you want to know more about the places.You can take your lunch either in the service car or take your order from the service personnel and it will be served at your seat.A service button located on the front of your carriages you're into if you want to order additional drinks or snacks during your journey.Or bring your own food;),it's a lot cheaper;)
Souvenirs are also available.At the end of your trip,you can ask at the ticket desk (St. Moritz/Zermatt) for a personalized Glacier Express Diploma as a souvenir and it's free!It's truly unforgettable experience!For more pictures,click this Travelogue
Fare: 133 Sfr. Adult, Zermatt-St. Moritz
General Abo/Day Pass/Swiss/Flexi Pass are valid,however seat reservation is required,it costs 10 sfr. each,you can make the reservation at any SBB ticket desk or visit their website.
This is the station where the Glacier Express arrives in Zermatt, the centre of town next to Bahnhof Platz.
Bahnhof Platz is where the hotel pick up vans collect passengers and their luggage. Zermatt is a non motorised town, therefore no cars or buses.
When we departed Zermatt the local train to Geneva departed from Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. There is a regular train service to Geneva and other cities.
A comfy sightseeing trip. Enjoy the mountain landscapes of the Swiss Alps in a spectacular Panorama Vehicles of the Rhätische Bahn (RhB) and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, between Valais and Engadin.....passing by the highlight points and touristic attractions of the region. Both winter and summer, a must. Looking forward for a summer tour.
Where to check for the arrangements:
http://www.railaway.ch/International/ in English, French Italian and German
Zermatt is indeed the departure point ý or the arrival point, depending on the trainýs direction ý of the fabled Swiss panoramic ýGlacier Expressý. While it may be a bit too much calling this an express, for the speed does not justify such a name, the trainýs no doubt one of the attractions of Switzerland in general and Zermatt in particular. Even if you are not taking it, as I did, watching it is worth the time spent!
The Glacier Express is probably Switzerland's most scenic train journey. It's a year-round train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadin skiing area.
Billed as Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph. Spectacular Swiss mountain scenery unfolds outside the train's massive panoramic sightseeing windows while you eat lunch accompanied by crisp Swiss white wine.
There is just one daily Glacier Express in winter, but several daily trains in summer, although regular (usually hourly) local trains also operate over all sections of the Glacier Express's route.
We had an absolutely wonderful time on this tour... the scenic train ride although long was beautiful and relaxing.. I think i'll remember taking it for the rest of my life...
There are scary moments over the passes but your definitely safe... It's like a way to view the very best of the Swiss Alps... great vistas and the windows to look out of are huge! These people were able to arrange our whole journey and everything related to our trip. We'll definitely be using them again... http://www.switzerlandholidays.com/rail journeys/glacierExpress.htm