Glacier Express

The slowest express train in the world

The panoramic journey on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps is one to remember – with highlights from start to finish. St. Moritz is the playground of the rich and famous and Zermatt is home to the world's most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn.

The 8-hour journey on board the slowest express train in the world takes passengers over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. From cosmopolitan St. Moritz the train snakes its way through the Albula Valley. Or start your trip in Davos Dorf and take the Glacier Express Bus to Chur via Lenzerheide. Your trip then continues in the Glacier Express through the Rhine Gorge, Switzerland’s very own Grand Canyon.

This feast for the eyes is followed by a feast for the palate: starter, main course and dessert are freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your seat. Or you could order a "Bauernteller", which naturally includes the local speciality of air-dried meat.

You will find out everything you need to know about this particular route through the Alps via headphone – making sure you don't miss a single highlight.

Current offer: Valais Weeks aboard the Glacier Express from 19th September until 23th October – enjoy the exquisite Valais cuisine and wines from local wineries.

Tip: Book your Glacier Express trip incl. Hotel accomodation. Attractive packages here.

Der Glacier Express auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Tibert Keller

The Glacier Express sweeps majestically across the 136-metre-long bridge over the rugged Landwasser Valley directly towards the ramp in the vertical rock face.

Der Glacier Express bei Preda im Albulatal. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

The line is harmoniously embedded in the natural landscape of Parc Ela.

Der Glacier Express in der Rheinschlucht bei Versam. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

The Rhine Gorge is rightly nicknamed the "Swiss Grand Canyon".

Der Glacier Express bei Disentis/Mustér, im Hintergrund das Kloster Disentis. Bild: Tibert Keller

The Benedictine Abbey at Disentis is one of the oldest in Europe.

Essen und Trinken im Glacier Express. Bild: Bernhard Lochmatter

The food is freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your seat.

Der Glacier Express zwischen Andermatt und Oberalppass. Bild: Max Galli

Thanks to the large panoramic windows, you enjoy unimpeded views of the Swiss Alps.

Blick auf das Matterhorn bei Zermatt. Bild: Max Galli

The pyramid form of the Matterhorn is the world's most photographed mountain.

There are numerous highlights to marvel at when you travel on the Glacier Express.

St.Moritz

Elegance, style and class: St. Moritz is not simply a holiday resort. This is the place where Alpine winter holidays were born in 1864. Nowadays, fabulous restaurants and internationally famous hotels welcome guests from around the globe.

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Zermatt

The mountain village of Zermatt is surrounded by a large number of majestic 4,000-metre peaks – including the inimitable Matterhorn. 300 days of sunshine a year and clear mountain air are guaranteed. Because Zermatt is car-free. Electro-mobiles are the only vehicles allowed – and trains. If you still haven't seen enough following your trip on the Glacier Express, you can continue on to Gornergrat which offers unbeatable views of the Matterhorn.

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Davos

Davos is the point of departure for the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. The highest city in Europe, famous for the diversity of sporting, leisure and cultural activities on offer, its healthy climate, ice hockey club and Spengler Cup, the Kirchner Museum and the World Economic Forum (WEF) or the fun freestyle scene on the Jakobshorn. Catch the Glacier Express Bus from Davos or Lenzerheide to connect with the slowest express train in the world!

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Albula Line

Even today, the 62-kilometre Albula Line is still considered a masterpiece in terms of railway engineering and routing. The RhB opened the spectacular section of track between Thusis and St. Moritz in 1903, after just five years' construction. The red train climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude – thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct and the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda – without rack-and-pinion technology.

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Rhine Gorge

Ruinaulta is the name given to the monumental Rhine Gorge between Ilanz and Reichenau in the local Romansh dialect. You will see rare birds, white rock faces and bizarre geological formations in the Swiss Grand Canyon that can only be crossed on foot, by bike, train or boat.
Further information

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Oberalp Pass

At 2033m above sea level the Glacier Express reaches the highest point of its panorama journey, the Oberalp Pass. The source of the Rhine is to be found not far away in Lai da Tuma. The river flows from the Gotthard Massif 1233 kilometres to Holland and into the North Sea.

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Routes

Routes

  • St. Moritz - Chur - Zermatt - Chur - St. Moritz
  • Davos Platz (Regio) – Filisur – Chur – Zermatt – Chur – Filisur (Regio) – Davos Platz

Prices and compulsory seat reservation

Seat reservation required

The supplement per person and leg of journey is:

Glacier Express in winter (12.12.2015 to 04.05.2016)13.00
Glacier Express in summer (05.05. to 23.10.2016)33.00

Sales

You can buy your ticket and seat reservation for the Glacier Express and Glacier Express Bus directly from our Ticket Shop: www.glacierexpress.ch

Tickets and further information can also be obtained at all staffed stations of the Rhaetian Railway, by calling Railservice on +41 81 288 65 65, or by using the contact form.

Request offer for groups (10 persons)

Panoramic cars

All-round views that let you immerse yourself in the landscape, including announcements on the highlights along the way. Find out everything you need to know about the route via headphones – with commentaries available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian and Japanese.

Catering

Menu

Enjoy a delicious lunch, freshly prepared in the on board kitchen and served directly at your seat. Choose between the à la carte offer, the dish of the day for CHF 30.00 or the freshly prepared 3-course meal, which varies each day, for CHF 43.00.

Glacier Express menu
Freshly prepared daily menu (10 menus)
Coffee menu

In the modern Panorama Bar in the middle of the train, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or strengthening snack.

Menu Panorama Bar

Tip: Valais Weeks aboard the Glacier Express from 19th September until 23th October – enjoy the exquisite Valais cuisine and wines from local wineries.

Catering – reservations

We recommend making a reservation for lunch in advance. Book lunch conveniently online using the booking form. Answers to the frequently asked questions on catering on board the Glacier Express can be found under dining on the move.

For groups of 10 people or more, reservations are compulsory.

The GTCs of Rhätia Werte AG apply to catering reservations.

Souvenir

Take a piece of your holiday home with you and revel in unforgettable memories. You're sure to find a suitable memento or gift in our souvenir shop.

Frequently asked questions

What does "service at your seat" mean?

The concept of "service at your seat" has existed since 2006 on the Glacier Express trains. As passengers, you are served at your seats in the panoramic cars. You can let the staff know that you wish to order something by pressing the service button.

Are there still traditional restaurant cars on board the Glacier Express?

No. However, the vintage Gourmino dining cars are still in operation on the Albula Line. The Gourmino dining car also operates on the regional train between Chur and St. Moritz at certain times. To find out which regional trains have a dining car, please consult the timetable.

Is a lunch reservation automatically included in the seat reservation?

No. The seat reservation merely refers to the seat. You can reserve your seat and order lunch via the MGB online reservation system.

Do I need to make a reservation for lunch?

For groups of ten people or more, reservations are compulsory. Reservations are recommended for individual passengers. The availability of dishes and menus can only be guaranteed by reserving in advance.

At what times is food served?

On the Glacier Express trains, lunch is served in two separate sittings for organisational reasons.

Train no.1st class2nd class
90012.15 p.m.12.45 p.m.
90111.15 p.m.11.45 p.m.
90211.45 p.m.12.15 p.m.
90311.45 p.m.12.15 p.m.
90412.15 p.m.12.45 p.m.
90512.15 p.m.12.45 p.m.

What is on offer and how high are the prices?

Each day – in addition to the à la carte menu – a freshly prepared three-course meal is on offer comprising salad or soup (depending on the time of year), a dish of the day (meat with side dish and vegetables) plus dessert or a selection of Swiss cheese with bread and butter. The three-course meal costs CHF 43.00 per person. Alternatively, you can choose a dish of the day (without starter and dessert) for CHF 30.00. The à la carte dishes range in price from CHF 8.80 to CHF 37.00. Simply place your order directly with the service staff.

How and where can I reserve lunch on the Glacier Express trains?

Before you can order lunch, you first have to make a seat reservation for the Glacier Express. You can reserve your seat conveniently online at www.glacierexpress.ch. You can also order lunch via this website or through Rhätia Werte AG.

How can I pay on board the Glacier Express or dining car?

You can pay in cash or, for amounts of CHF 20.00 or more, by credit card (Euro/Mastercard, Visa, American Express). Our head waiter will issue you with a receipt.

Tip: Book your Glacier Express trip incl. Hotel accomodation. Attractive packages here.

Buy your ticket and the seat reservation directly in our ticket shop.

Summer 05 May - 23 October 2016

Davos / St. Moritz - Zermatt

Station
Train 9011Train 903Train 905 2
St. Moritzdep7:57 am8:57 am9:57 am
Celerinadep8:00* am9:00* am10:00 am*
Samedandep8:17* am9:17* am10:17 am*
Connecting train from Davos Platz
Filisur
arr
dep
8:31 am
8:56 am
9:31 am
9:56 am
10:31 am
10:56 am
Filisurdep9:01* am10:01* am11:01 am*
Tiefencastledep9:15* am10:15* am11:15 am*
Thusisdep9:33* am10:33* am11:33 am*
Churdep10:26 am* 11:26 am*12:26 am*
Disentis/Mustérarr
dep
11:27 am
11:37 am
12:27 am
12:37 am
1:27 pm
1:37 pm
Andermattarr
dep
12:50 am
1:08 pm
1:50 pm
2:08 pm
2:50 pm
3:08 pm
Fiescharr2:10 pm**3:10 pm**4:10 pm**
Brigarr2:40 pm**3:40 pm**4:40 pm**
Visparr2:53 pm**3:53 pm**4:53 pm**
St. Niklausarr
dep
3:24 pm**
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|
|
|
|
Zermattarr4:10 pm5:10 pm6:10 pm

1 operates from 11 June until 18 September 2016
2 operates from 05 May until 09 October 2016

* Boarding stop
** Alighting stop
N.B.: No Glacier Express trains operate from 24 October to 10 December 2016.

Zermatt - St. Moritz / Davos

Station

Train 900*Train 902Train 904**
Zermattdep7:52 am8:52 am9:52 am
Brigdep9:18 am10:18 am11:18 am
Andermattarr
dep
10:49 am
10:54 am
11:49 am
11:54 am
12:49 pm
12:54 pm
Disentisarr
dep
11:55 am
12:27 pm
12:55 pm
1:27 pm
1:55 pm
2:27 pm
Churarr1:34 pm2:34 pm3:34 pm
Thusisarr2:28 pm3:28 pm4:28 pm
Tiefencastelarr2:47 pm3:47 pm4:47 pm
Filisurarr3:00 pm4:00 pm5:00 pm
Filisur 
Davos Platz1
arr
dep
3:04 pm
3:29 pm
4:04 pm
4:29 pm
5:04 pm
5:29 pm
Bergünarr3:14 pm4:14 pm5:14 pm
Samedanarr3:45 pm4:45 pm5:45 pm
Celerinaarr3:54 pm4:54 pm5:54 pm
St. Moritzarr4:03 pm5:03 pm6:03 pm

Change train in Filisur
* Runs from 05.05 - 09.10.2016
** Runs from 11.06 - 18.09.2016

Winter 11.12.2016 - 12.05.2017

St. Moritz / Davos Platz – Zermatt

Station
Train 903
St. Moritzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.02
Celerinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.051
Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.171
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.471
Filisur     an
     arr.
     Davos Platz aab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.31
     Filisur     an
     arr.
09.56
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.01
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.151
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.331
Churab / dep. 
part. / dép.
11.261
Disentis/Mustér     an
     arr.
12.27
Disentis/Mustérab / dep. 
part. / dép.
12.37
Andermatt      an
     arr.
13.52
Andermattab / dep. 
part. / dép.
13.54
Fieschab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.102
Brig     an
     arr.
15.402
St. Niklausab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.242
Zermatt     an
     arr.
17.03

a) Change train in Filisur

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

Zermatt – St. Moritz / Davos Platz

Station

Train 902
Zermattab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.52
St. Niklaus     an
     arr. 
09.271
Brigab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.181
Fieschab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.421
Andermatt     an
     arr.
11.49
Andermattab / dep. 
part. / dép.
11.54
Disentis/Mustér     an
     arr.
12.55
Disentis/Mustérab / dep. 
part. / dép.
13.28
Chur     an
     arr.
14.352
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.282
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.472
Filisur     an
     arr.
16.002
     Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.04
     Davos Platz a     an
     arr.
16.29
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.142
Samedan     an
     arr.
16.452
Celerinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.542
St. Moritz     an
     arr.
16.58

a) Change train in Filisur

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop