Glacier Express Route

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St. Moritz/Davos to Zermatt

The Glacier Express departs St. Moritz for Zermatt via Chur, Disentis, Andermatt, Brig and Visp. The entire journey takes around eight hours passing through the Cantons of Graübunden, Uri and Valais. This amazing journey will carry you across almost 300 bridges and through 91 tunnels. At its highest point, the train will cross over the Oberalp Pass, 2000m above sea level. The Glacier Express is one of the most popular highlights for tourists and conveniently links two of the most popular destinations in Switzerland, Zermatt and St. Moritz. Start your journey from either destination – taking in the glamour of St. Moritz and then on to the stunning landscapes of Zermatt and its majestic Matterhorn. As the one-way journey takes almost a day, visitors will usually spend the night before the trip and the night after in either of these two resorts, depending on the start point. It’s important to note that the route of the Glacier Express does not overlap with the Grand Tour Of Switzerland.

Map and train Stops in detail – Direction St. Moritz to Zermatt

St. Moritz

The town is located in the Upper Engadin of Canton Graubünden. In addition to Zermatt, St. Moritz is one of the top, most sought-after destinations in Switzerland and the Alps. The Olympic Winter Games has been held twice in St. Moritz and the opening downhill ski chase from the classic film, The Spy Who Loved Me was also shot here. In addition to the glitz and glamour, St. Mortiz has much to offer its visitors – a paradise for skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer.

Chur

The second stop on the route is Chur. The capital of Canton Graubünden, Chur is considered to be the oldest city in Switzerland and has a stunning old town which proves ever popular with visitors. A trip to this atmospheric historic quarter is not to be missed. For travellers looking for some extra adventure, the Chur-Brambüesch area is very popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

Disentis

Disentis in Sedrun offers a visit of pure relaxation. The perfect region for bikers and hikers. In addition to the numerous Nordic Walking routes, visitors are able to visit the source of the Rhine at Tomasee. If you want to join the gold rush, you could try your hand at panning in the river Rhine for for this precious element.

Andermatt

Andermatt lies at the foot of the Overlalp Pass in Canton Uri. It takes around five hours from St. Moritz and three hours from Zermatt on the Glacier Express. A visit to the Tuefelsbrücke (Devil’s Bridge) is part of any visit to the town. Local legend has it that due to the complicated engineering challenges, the Devil was recruited by the town to build the bridge.

Brig

Brig is the major town in the Oberwallis. From here it is not far to Zermatt. Historically, Brig was an important trading town due to its proximity to the Simplon Pass. The heritage of commerce is still evident in the town, where the trading of silk and salt helped build the historic Stockalper Castle.

Visp

Visp is the penultimate stop, one hour from Zermatt. The founding location for the Lonza Group, the Swiss biotech multinational, Visp is an important economic centre in the Oberwallis. Visp is also the starting point for many visitors wishing to experience the small villages of the region, like Visperterminen.

Zermatt
At 1620 meters above sea level, Zermatt lies at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn. A visit to the see the world famous mountain is one of the main reasons that visitors make their way to this stunning resort. The town provides a unique alpine experience, offering many adventures such as climbing or taking a helicopter ride above the majestic Matterhorn, not to mention the excursions to be enjoyed in the Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Sunnegga areas.

General Information

Reservations are necessary on the Glacier Express. The entire journey from St. Moritz to Zermatt or vice-versa costs CHF 153.00 per adult and CHF 269.00 in First Class. In addition, the seat reservation costs CHF33.00 (Summer) and CHF13.00 (Winter). Children under six years old travel free of charge and there is a 50% discount for under 16’s.

Half-fare tickets, Swiss Half Fare Card, GA, Swiss Travel Pass and 1-day travelpasses are accepted on this route. The seat reservation is additional to any of the cards listed above and is to be paid in full by all passengers, including children under 6 years (without seat claimed).

The on-board restaurant provides gourmet dishes and is open for almost the full eight hour journey, costing an additional CHF30.00.

To make the most of this amazing experience, we recommend you reserve a seat in the Panorama Carriages – available in both First and Second Class.

Audio guides are available on the journey to inform you about interesting sights and facts on the way. These guides are available in German, French, English, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.

Passengers with wheelchairs should reserve seats by phone or email so the Glacier Express team can ensure the smoothest journey.

With the exception of Guide Dogs, dogs are not permitted on the Glacier Express.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book your ticket early, especially during the summer months.

Reviews

You feel like you’re on a model railway. A unique experience with so many impressions and views into the beautiful landscape. Stefan (TripAdvisor) On the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig. Beautiful scenery at the Rhine Gorge near Chur. From Spring in Chur to Winter on the Oberalp Pass. Very friendly staff with excellent food. Roland (Tripadvisor) The Glacier Express was one of the highlights of our impressive journey to Switzerland. Peter (TripAdvisor) A wonderful trip. Keep cameras at the ready and wait for the beautiful sights. We were in First Class and the price was worth it. Cynthia (TripAdvisor) If you just want to enjoy the countryside, this trip is really worthwhile. A must for railroad lovers and definitely recommended. Cheekish (TripAdvisor)