All aboard the Glacier Express Zermatt to St Moritz in style


Great scenic snow trains don’t get much better than Switzerland’s Glacier Express. One of the world’s most scenic alpine rail journeys, the Glacier Express from glamorous St Moritz to incomparable Zermatt is a must do experience.
Even more so in their new Glacier Express Excellence Class which takes luxury scenic rail travel to another level.

new Excellence Class Glacier Express
Kiock bak and enjoy the ride in Excellence Class © Glacier Express

It’s a great start or finish to a Swiss snow trip, or an in between, and not just from Zermatt to St Moritz. Why not stop at other classic areas like Andermatt? Our view of Andermatt while crossing the highest point of the journey over the 2,033m Oberalp Pass sure made us want to come back and try it on our next Swiss ski trip, and that was just the largest of numerous ski areas you pass along the way.

Glacier Express in winter
Kick back, enjoy the view and see how many ski areas you can spot along the way © Glacier Express

We started from Zermatt, having checked our ski and boot bags in and got our SWISS boarding passes for the flight home from Zurich at the station the night before (it costs CHF 22 per bag, well worth it), so we travelled with just our carry on bags.

Glacier Express sing Zermatt station
Getting excited © Carmen Price

That meant kicking back and relaxing to enjoy the passing spectacle from the comfort of panoramic window seats. On the drive up to Täsch I hadn’t had much chance to check out the views as the road demands attention, so winding down past waterfalls, old farmhouses, historic villages and of course glimpsing ever present towering peaks made life easy. Good coffee, a nice lunch, and a well earned beer in the afternoon helped.

Relaxing on the Glacier Express
Can’t do this driving © Carmen Price

The route takes you over the watershed between two of Europe’s greatest river systems, the Rhône and Rhine, and past the headwaters of both.
A couple of stops, including half an hour at fascinating Disentis, the largest Romansch speaking town in Switzerland, give you time to stretch the legs and pick up some souvenirs.

Disentis is a stop on the Glacier Express
You get time for a stroll round Disentis, the largest Romansch speaking town in the world © Owain Price

It opened as a summer journey way back in 1930, and for winter since 1982, the famous Glacier Express panorama trains starting in 1993. You can do it in sections, and with planning use it as key to enjoy several resorts.
We didn’t have time to go all the way to St Moritz, changing at Chur for a Zurich express that gave us a few hours to check out the old city and shops there, including the market in the station, before the short trip to the airport.
We’ll give it an 11/10, don’t miss it, clic for more info & bookings..
Swiss Tourism are a great source of info, follow the links here for the latest news.

Check out our features on more Swiss resorts

Jungfrau Region (Grindelwald / Wengen / MÜrren)
Villars / Gryon / Les Diablerets / Glacier 3000
Verbier / 4-Vallées
Take a shot at the Murren Inferno race.

Glacier Express route map
Glacier Express route map