Glacier Express

Scenic Train Ride Switzerland

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  • Swiss Travel Pass 100% Discount (seat reservation required)
  • Eurail | Interrail 100% Discount (seat reservation required)
  • Route: St Moritz - Chur - Andermatt - Zermatt
  • Slowest express train in the world
  • Breathtaking route through the Alps
  • 91 tunnels and 291 bridges
  • Food served at passenger’s seat (daily plate: CHF 30, 3-course-menu: CHF 43)
  • Find the best hotels nearby the stations of Zermatt and St. Moritz

Glacier Express - Route map

Glacier Express - Timetable

Station    900*  902  904** 
Zermatt  depart  07.52 08.52 09.52
Brig depart  09.18 10.18 11.18
Chur  arrival  13.35 14.35 15.35
Davos Platz arrival 15.29 16.29  17.29
St. Moritz  arrival  15.58 16.58  17.58


Station    901*  903  905** 
St. Moritz  depart  08.02 09.02 10.02
Davos Platz depart  08.31 09.31 10.31
Chur  arrival  10.26 11.26 12.26
Brig arrival 14.40 15.40 16.40
Zermatt arrival  16.03 17.03 18.03

*13 May-25 October
** 25 May-17 September

Journey Time
The Glacier Express is mentioned as the slowest express train in the world: the journey takes about 8 hours. 

Rail passes
All Swiss Travel Passes are valid for the Glacier Express (reservation required) Popular passes are the Swiss Travel Pass Consecutive (100% Discount) and Swiss Half Fare Card (50% Discount) 

Seat Reservations
Reservations are compulsory. 

Glacier Express - Facts

  • Route: Zermatt–St. Moritz or vice versa
  • Distance: 291 km
  • Duration: 8h 03 min

The all panoramic Glacier Express connects St Moritz in Grisons with Zermatt in Valais via the Albula-railway, Rhine-Canyon and Oberalppas. Special panoramic windows offer the best views in both first and second class. The Glacier Express is the best way to discover the most beautiful parts of the Swiss Alps.

Treat yourself during the journey with a 3-course lunch which is served at your seat. 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 seats, 2x2 seats besides the corridor.
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-langual (including English) information about the sights along the route with free earphones
  • Large tables at each seat
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Glacier Express

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 and 2 seats opposite each other, 2+1 seats besides the corridor
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-langual (including English) information about the sights along the route with free earphones
  • Large tables at each seat
  • More quiet atmosphere than in second class
  • More space at your seat than in second class
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Glacier Express

A bar coach is open during the whole journey for drinks and small snacks. A special (pre-bookable) 3-course lunch is being served mid-day at your seat.

There is no Wifi available onboard the Glacier Express.

Power sockets  
There are no power sockets available onboard the Glacier Express.

Children up to 15 years travel for free on a Family Card when they travel with their (grand)parents. This Family Card is for sale at any Swiss train station for 30 Swiss Francs. When you're travelling on a Pass of the Swiss Travel System this card is available for free.

Dogs are not allowed on Glacier Express trains except guide dogs.

There is no luggage limit onboard the Glacier Express. You can place your large suitcases at the special luggage racks near the outside doors and hang your coats at the wardrobe next to it. Off course, its advisable to take your items of high value to your seat.

You can board the train at any time before departure. You will be welcomed by stewards on board the train which will guide you to your seat and take any lunch reservations. Please note that the Glacier Express is coupled to a regular train between St Moritz and Chur. In this case the Glacier Express-coaches will be designated at the train indicators or ask a member of staff where to stand on the platform.

Discount cards  
When you're making more train journeys within Switzerland it's advisable to book a Swiss Travel Pass.

Interrail / Eurail 
Interrail and Eurail are only valid on the part operated by the Rhätische Bahn (St Moritz-Chur-Disentis). Interrail for people younger than 26 years and all Eurail-passes gives a discount of 50% on the remaining part operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Disentis-Zermatt). A Pass of the Swiss Travel System might be a better choice if you want to travel the whole route of the Glacier Express.

For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fares, see Group travel by train.

The Glacier Express could be a great incentive for your business partners to discuss business in the beatiful settings of the Swiss Alps. See Business travel by train.

At the station
All Glacier Express-stations offer heated waiting rooms for both first and second class passengers. Most stations have a restaurant or shop for refreshments.

Glacier Express - Video

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