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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.