5 Panoramic Train Routes in Switzerland
Trains are probably the most comfortable way to travel across Switzerland. Their routes go through the long tunnels, picturesque mountain chains, and over sparkling rivers. SUISSEPIC reviewed 5 train routes to enjoy Swiss landscapes.
St-Moritz-Zermatt. Glacier Express
Glacier Express is the oldest and most famous Swiss scenic train. It goes from Zermatt (Valais) through the Rhone and Rhine valleys to St. Moritz (Graubunden), and back. It travels across 291 km of tracks and 291 bridges. The journey runs over the Landwasser Viaduct, through 91 tunnels, across picturesque landscapes of Brig, Andrematt and Chur.
Glacier Express is probably the slowest train in the world. Its one-way trip lasts 8 hours. Meals are served during the trip, which you can enjoy watching the landscapes through large panoramic windows. Be prepared with your camera and breathe deeply. Glacier express operates during the whole year.
Route: St. Moritz – Filisur – Tiefencastel – Thusis – Chur – Andermatt – Brig – Visp – Zermatt
Estimated time: 8 hours
Tickets are available at the website of Glacier Express
Montreux-Lucerne. Golden Pass Line
Golden Pass is the second picturesque and popular train direction in Switzerland. It links a German part of the country with a French one.
Golden Pass goes through astonishing vineyards located at the shores of Geneva Lake to the Lake Lucerne. The train runs via the Bernese Oberland to Gstaad up to Zweisimmen, along the crystal lakes of Thun and Brienz in Interlaken, over the Brunig Pass, around the Giessbach waterfalls and along the Lake Lucerne to Lucerne. Golden Pass Line runs through 6 cantons during 6 hours.
Route: Montreux – Gstaad – Zweisimmen – Interlaken — Lucerne
Estimated time: 6 hours
Tickets are available at the website of Golden Pass
Chur-Lugano. Bernina Express
Bernina Express crosses the Swiss Alps from a German part to an Italian one during 7-hour trip. The journey consists from a train and a bus routes. Bernina train goes from German Chur to Italian Tirano, where you are supposed to continue by bus to Lugano. This route goes over viaducts protected by UNESCO and offers breathtaking views of alpine landscapes of Albula and Bernina Passes.
Bernina Express will bring you through 55 tunnels, over ancient glaciers and palm trees, across 196 bridges at the altitude of 2,253 meters above sea level at Ospizio Bernina. The huge panoramic windows of the train will allow you to watch the ever-changing scenery during your trip to Italy.
Route: Chur – Filisur – Albula Pass – St. Moritz – Pontresina – Poschiavo – Tirano – Lugano and vice versa
Estimated time: 7 hours
Tickets are available at the website of Bernina Express
Lucerne-Lugano. Gotthard Panorama Express
Gotthard Panorama Express (Wilhelm Tell Express until 2016) is a combination of a train and a boat routes. It starts in Lucerne on the board of a historic paddle wheel steamer, which crosses Lucerne Lake from Lucerne to Fluelen passing Tellsplatte and Rutli. The train after will bring you through the famous St. Gotthard Tunnel built in 1882 , Reuss Valley, the shores of Lugano Lake and Lago Maggiore to Lugano/Locarno (change in Bellinzona for Lugano).
Route: Lucerne – Fluelen by boat. St. Gotthard Railway – Lugano/Locarno (change in Bellinzona for Lugano).
Estimated time: 5 hours and half
Tickets are available at the website of SBB CHFFFS
Jungfrau Travel Pass
Jungfrau Travel Pass is a perfect option to enjoy astonishing panoramas of Interlaken. It is a railway excursion from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch station (3,454m), the highest one in Europe. The train goes from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald via the Bernese Oberland Railway and stops for a look at Eiger and Monck mountains. During the route, the train makes two short stops in Eigerwand and Eismeer.
Jungfraujoch can be reached from either Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Murren or Grindelwald. Travelers can enjoy stunning views of ice, snow and rocks.
Estimated time: 2 hours
The tickets are available at the website of Jungfrau Top of Europe