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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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Kleine Scheddeg to the Jungraujoch
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4.5 stars(24 reviews)
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
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2024AugOct
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Glacier Express
4.2 stars(6 reviews)
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
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Grand Alpine Explorer
4.8 stars(10 reviews)
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Bernina Express In Winter
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Engadine Valley
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
11 Jul 2024
Amesh Singh
5 stars
“It was exceptional. The tour guide was brilliant. Extremely helpful. I will go again
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
01 Jul 2024
Cheryl
5 stars
“The trip was great and provided everything promised. Our guide, Kevin Childs, was outstanding in every way. Walking stamina is definitely needed as the streets are not flat by any means. Would recommend as a great way to see Switzerland.
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Classic Glacier Express
15 Jun 2024
JOANNE HELLEN
5 stars
“It went above my expectations, the guild was very good, we had unexpected cancelations on booked trips that she was able to navigate around and get us where we needed to be. The food good and rooms were nice. Switzerland rocks!
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Zermatt & St. Moritz featuring Glacier Express
20 May 2024
customer
5 stars
“Breathtaking views! On time, clean, and a very smooth ride through the Alps! I highly recommend!
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
30 Apr 2024
Chris M
5 stars
“For context, we live in New Zealand and booked to do this trip in March 2020, but Covid got in the way. We thought that was it, we'd never get to go. We were given a credit by Vacations By Rail (VBR) as many other companies did. Then,...
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First-Class Grand Alpine Explorer
06 Oct 2023
Renae Hinchey
5 stars
“Wonderful trip! Such beauty to see and the view from the trains were exceptional. Our guide made it easy for us to catch the right trains and enjoy the many stops we made. Hotels and food were great.
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Switzerland by Rail: Glacier Express, Jungfrau & Bernina Express
13 Jun 2024
MICHAEL LEWIS
4 stars
“Easy to utilize independently, all stops and stays went smoothly. Our only issue was one of the 3 star hotels was not. It was easily a 2 star and could be difficult for a person with mobility issues to utilize. Also entire cable car, or bus pass included...
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
08 Jun 2024
Jean Lazaroo
4 stars
“All rail and hotel bookings worked well. However, the tour was a little too long. Two of the hotels were not up to standard, namely Hotel Reine Victoria, St Moritz (tired and shabby, room smelled of stale cigarette smoke) and Hotel Wilden Mann, Luzern (faded non-matching furnishings, cold...
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