Travelling through Switzerland has never been easier, thanks to the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, which can be experienced throughout the year and provides amazing views of the beautiful Simmental valley, St Moritz, the Matterhorn and other memorable spots.
Handling tickets for multi-leg journeys through towns and cities can be a hassle, but the Swiss Travel Pass eliminates the pain of printing (and potentially losing) your tickets, as it can be used for all routes covered on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, in addition to public transport in more than 90 towns and cities, and over 500 museums.
The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland combines all the country’s stunning rail lines into one route, covering roughly 1,280km. Two of the most scenic are the Zermatt-St Moritz and Lucerne Montreux routes.
Marvel at the majesty of the Matterhorn, one of Switzerland’s most iconic peaks, as you take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz, two of the world’s most glamorous ski spots.
Depart from Zermatt
The train first heads for the serene Goms region, home to whitewashed baroque churches and authentic wooden Valaisian houses, before it reaches the historic holiday destination of Andermatt, which is known for its ski resorts.
Andermatt is at the foot of the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the Glacier Express route at 2,044m. After indulging in hot chocolate, fondue, and powdery snow, visit the Disentis Monastery, one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the world (it was built in 720 AD).
Relax on the train as you speed past the white crags of the 10,000-year-old Rhine Gorge, also known as the Swiss Grand Canyon, the castle-filled region of Burgenland Domleschg, and the Albula line of the Rhaetian Railway (which has Unesco World Heritage status), before arriving at St Moritz.
The Golden Pass Line
This runs from Lucerne to Montreux, and takes passengers on the premium Lucerne Interlaken Express over the 1,008m-high Brunig pass to Meiringen (home to the iconic Reichenbach Fall and the Sherlock Holmes Museum), Brienz and Interlaken.
While the Glacier Express takes you through a winter wonderland, the Golden Pass route traverses Alpine lakes such as Thunersee, storybook villages, and the idyllic farmhouses of the Simmental.
At Zweisimmen, switch to the Golden Pass Panoramic train for the final leg of the journey. You will pass Gstaad, an upscale resort frequented by royalty, and glide through the vineyards of Lake Geneva, finally heading to Montreux, nestled against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered Alps.
Swiss Travel Guide App
There’s a lot to take in, see and do, and that’s where the free Swiss Travel Guide App comes in handy. It not only has detailed information on bus, train and boat routes, but also digital coupons for discounts on culinary highlights, excursions and mountain railways, and exclusive presents.
If you’re travelling with family, the Swiss Family Card is your best bet, as children aged six to 16 travel for free on the entire Swiss public transport network, as long as at least one parent holds a valid Swiss Travel System ticket.
For bookings and enquiries, please contact the Rail Specialist at: Dynasty Travel: 6536-4966 Platform 9: 6317-2111 or visit Myswitzerland.com/rail