Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is a tourism-oriented express train service on the rail network of the Rhaetian Railway and the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway in Switzerland. It connects the trendy alpine resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt.
The first Glacier Express departed in 1930. It was originally operated by three railway companies: Brig-Visp-Zermatt Ban (BVZ), Fourka Oberalp Ban (FO), and RhB. Since 2003, the train has been operated by RhB and a newly formed company, MGB, which emerged from the merger of BVZ and FO.
Route: Zermatt – St. Moritz (or vice versa) ,Length: 291 km , Duration: 8 hours 03 minutes,
The trip lasts 7.5 hours, and during this time you will pass through all the Alps on 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and climb to an altitude of 2033 meters at the Oberalp Pass.It overcomes four major ascents and descents between alpine regions and the Rhine or Rhone valley,
the heights of the places traveled in Zermatt are 1,604 m above sea level, in Visp 658 m above sea level, in the Furka base tunnel 1564 m above sea level. (old Furka summit tunnel 2160 m above sea level), in Andermatt 1447 m above sea level , on the Oberalppass 2033 m above sea level , in Chur 585 m above sea level, in the Albula tunnel 1820 m above sea level, in Samedan 1721 m above sea level. and in St. Moritz 1775 m. above sea level.
Travel from Engadine to Matterhorn (or back) in 7 and a half hours. There are faster alternatives, but the Glacier Express is the most enjoyable experience.
Currently, the Glacier Express is especially popular with tourists from Germany, Japan and India. the Grand Swiss Canyon up to 400 meters deep, the Oberalp Pass at an altitude of 2033 meters and, of course, the mighty Matterhorn.For a significant part of its journey, it passes through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhaetian Railway, in the cultural landscape of Albula and Bernina. The Glacier Express is considered the slowest in the world, but this is the absolute advantage for the visitors.

Access : Coordinates: 46.595, 9.76 / Location Uri/Valais, Switzerland

Highlights :

  •  The red and white train goes through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges.
  •  Panoramic carriage with huge windows offer a magnificent view.
  •  The highest point of the route is 2033 meters above sea level.
  •  All trains have a bar. Sandwiches, sweets and drinks will be at your disposal.
    the 1st class ticket includes a menu and other gastronomic services. From the outside, the cars can be recognized by additional golden diagonal stripes.
  • The Furkapass was also crossed under in a crest tunnel until 1981, the pass was only passable in summer. Year-round operation has been possible since the Furka Base Tunnel was opened in 1982.

Open daily, all year round, except for November. During the winter season, the number of flights per day decreases./ If you have a Swiss Pass – no tickets required! Seat reservation is required! – The cost of booking is 33 CHF.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / From a comfortable panoramic carriage you can see all the beauty and splendor of the Swiss Alps.

Go next : Mountain resorts of Zermatt  / High Alpine resort town St. Moritz / the Albula Railway , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which passes under the Albula Pass in a crest tunnel. / Furka Pass.


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