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Glacier Express

For over 90 years, the Glacier Express has been the premier way to experience the Swiss Alps. This train was introduced in 1930 as the final link for the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn, Rhaetian Railway, and Furka Oberalp Bahn to connect the resort towns of Zermatt and St. Moritz. Tourism had been on the rise in the Swiss Alps since the late 1800s when wealthy Europeans and traveling elites from other countries discovered the sheer majesty of the region. Once-sleepy mountain towns transformed into resort destinations complete with all the modern amenities travelers could hope for, except for easy transit between scenic areas.

The views from the Glacier Express are simply breathtaking, no matter which service class travelers select. As the train departs from Zermatt, the ever-impressive Matterhorn looms overhead. Towering rock walls surround the tracks as the route descends into the Matter Valley and approaches the cities of Visp and later Brig. The second leg of the journey begins as the Glacier Express ventures across the River Rhone and approaches the highly scenic Upper Rhone Valley.

The Glacier Express is only an "express train" in the sense that it connects some of the most enticing destinations in Switzerland on one cohesive line. Guests looking to experience these cities or immerse themselves in the Swiss Alps' splendor are treated to a journey like no other on this iconic train.

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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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Our customers love our Glacier Express tours
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
25/Sep
customer
5 stars
“Meticulously organised self guided tour around a beautiful part of the world with high quality accomodation and flexibilty to try our hand on the Swiss Railways
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
12 Oct 2019
QUINTON and TSUYAKO TURNER
5 stars
“Excellent Tour with exceptional guide!
Collected by Vacations By Rail
Best of Switzerland by Rail
31 Dec 2018
Eva M., Magnolia, AR
4 stars
“Very interesting and enjoyable.
Collected by Vacations By Rail