Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – the most beautiful journeys by train through Switzerland
Connecting the best panoramic routes throughout Switzerland by train, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland lets you see lakes, rivers, mountains, forests and meadows – in any and every season.
You can use the Swiss Travel Pass, a general season ticket, a monthly season ticket or a day pass to travel the routes. Some routes, however, require a seat reservation.
Our top favourite routes
Montreux - Zermatt
Montreux, the popular resort on the Lake of Geneva, is the starting point for a trip of contrasts. First of all travelling beside the Lake of Geneva then past orchards and vineyards in Lower Valais towards Visp. In Visp it’s time to change to the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway where the track goes along Switzerland’s deepest valley up to the home of the Matterhorn - Zermatt. Even as you alight from the train you can catch a glimpse of that most famous of all mountains, His Majesty, the Matterhorn! To get the very best view of this illustrious peak we recommend you to go on an excursion up to Gornergrat (see our excursion suggestions below).
Zermatt – St. Moritz with the Glacier Express
The "world’s slowest express train" has been chugging along the line between Zermatt and St. Moritz since 1930. It goes through 91 tunnels, over 291 bridges and viaducts and the highest point is an incredible 2,033 metres above sea level at the Oberalp pass. This train is the absolute classic among Swiss panoramic trains.
The trip is spectacular at any time of the year and from March 2019 it will be even better with the introduction of the new Excellence Class coaches.
If you want to see the Matterhorn’s best side then you really must make the trip up to Gornergrat. You travel upwards with Europe’s highest, open-air cog-wheel train and it takes around 30 minutes to reach its destination - 3,089 metres above sea level - from Zermatt. It is open all year round and the train’s boarding platform is 50 metres away from Zermatt main railway station. From the viewing point you get an outstanding view of the world famous Matterhorn and below that, reflected in the Riffelsee lake, you can see its equally famous mirrored image.
Great meals are served in Switzerland’s highest hotel – the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - or in any of the various restaurants located alongside the railway track.