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Most Epic Way to Explore Switzerland by Train

Are you getting bored of travelling by crowded commuter trains? Come to Switzerland. Here you will experience the world’s most comfortable train rides.

Train travel in Switzerland is eco-friendly because ultra clean hydroelectricity and energy-saving electricity are being used by the most trains here.

The train system is connected to an extensive bus network and the train system passes through every town. In addition to regional trains and high-speed trains of Switzerland, the scenic trains in the country offer the most beautiful train routes.

Now, return to Swiss scenic trains.

Train travel in Switzerland toppled everything you knew about the train journey. You will enjoy snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, and the old-world charm, medieval castle from the clean, spacious and well-arranged seats. Swiss trains convenience and punctuality are added advantages.

It would take time to completely appreciate the most beautiful Swiss scenic trains. However, here is a brief description of the 6 best Swiss scenic trains.

Switzerland Swiss Scenic Trains : Complete Guide on Where To Start

Start your Swiss scenic rail journeys from one of the big cities - Zurich or Lucerne. They are ideal starting places as well as end points for this journey.

List of the Most Scenic Trains Trip in Switzerland

#1. The Golden Pass Line : A panoramic view of breathtaking scenery

The Golden Pass Line

The Golden Pass Line is one of the most affordable and easily accessible Swiss scenic trains. The Golden Pass Line connecting Lucerne with Lake Geneva in Montreux passes through three mountain passes, eight lakes, two language regions, and six cantons.

You may call the Golden pass Line a mini Switzerland trip in a single journey. The Golden pass Line is a regular train round the year. Though a reservation is not mandatory, yet booking a seat is better at peak seasons.

Spring or summer is the best season to view Switzerland in this route.

Facts Regarding The Golden Pass Line

  • Duration: 5 hrs 8 min
  • Distance: 191 km
  • Route: Interlaken and Zweisimmen
  • Schedule: Eight times per day throughout the year
  • Reservation Required: No (better to have a reservation at peak seasons)

What to Experience on The Golden Pass Line

You will enjoy snow-capped mountains, vast mountain ranges, quaint villages, sparkling lakes and fertile plains from the window of your panoramic coach.

Places Of Interest On This Route

On the way from Lucerne to Montreux, you will pass by

  • Lucern
  • Lake Lungern
  • Brunig Pass
  • Interlaken
  • Lake Brienz
  • The Bernese Alps
  • Small town Spiez
  • Bernese Oberland
  • Chateau de Chillon
  • Lavaux vineyards
  • Freddie Mercury Statue

#2. The Glacier Express : Slowest Express Train in the World

The Glacier Express

One of the best scenic train rides in Switzerland is the Glacier Express. The Glacier Express is the slowest express train in the world. The Glacier Express connects St. Moritz with Zermatt.

This train runs daily whether it is summer or winter. The unsurpassed view of the country’s beautiful scenery will make you spellbound. It takes a maximum of 8 hrs 3 min to reach its destination from St. Moritz. The fantastic views of Switzerland’s different places throughout the entire ride make your journey memorable.

Facts Regarding The Glacier Express

  • Duration: 8 hr 3 min
  • Distance: 291 km
  • Route: St. Moritz & Zermatt
  • Schedule: During winter once per day, during summer thrice per day
  • Starting Fare: 13-33 CHF (short distance), 23-43 CHF (long distance)
  • Reservation Required: Yes (mandatory)

What to Experience on The Glacier Express

This train crosses 291 bridges, three cantons, 91 tunnels, and two language regions. From the comfortable and luxurious seats, you will glimpse impressive views of glaciers, rapid rivers, shimmering lakes, green fields, isolated villages and snow-covered mountain peaks.

Places of Interest on this Route

  • Lake St. Moritz
  • Lake Silvaplana
  • The Albula Line
  • The Landwasser Viaduct
  • The Rhine Gorge
  • Oberalp Pass
  • Matterhorn
  • Randa
  • River rhone
  • Town Visp

#3. The Bernina Express : Unique Panoramic Train

The Bernina Express

The best way to ride and cross the Alps is by the Bernina Express.

The Bernina Express line is passing from Chur to Poschiavo in Switzerland and connecting Chur with Tirano in Italy. You can have a breathtaking view of Swiss Engadin Alps from panoramic, red-colored carriages of the Bernina Express. This route is separated into two segments.

You can also have a sweeping view of the famous Landwasser Viaduct, which is limestone-made and is having six arches.

In 2008, the Bernina Express line was declared as World Heritage Site.

The route of the Bernina Express from Chur to St. Moritz is the same as that of the Glacier Express. If you want to experience two celebrated Swiss rail lines, then after getting off the Glacier express, you may catch the Bernina Express.

After St. Moritz, the Bernina Express passes through glistening glaciers, bridges, tunnels and at last reaches Tirano in Italy.

Facts Regarding The Bernina Express

  • Duration: 4 hr 13 min
  • Distance: 156 km
  • Route: Chur and St. Moritz
  • Starting Fare: 14-16 CHF
  • Reservation Required: Yes (mandatory)

What to Experience On The Bernina Express

The route from lake-town St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy is an astonishing rail route. When you climb up to shimmering glaciers, you will feel just awesome.

Along the way you will cross 196 bridges, and 55 tunnels. Snow-capped mountain peaks and turquoise lakes will leave an eternal impression on your mind.

Places of Interest on this Route

  • Chur
  • The Rhine Gorge
  • The Albula Line
  • The Landwasser Viaduct
  • Ospizio Bernina
  • Valposchiavo
  • Brusio Circular Verdict
  • Valtellina
  • Lake Como
  • Lugano

#4. The Jungfraujoch Express : Scenic Train Line

Jungfraujoch Express

The Jungfrau railway line will take you to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station. This scenic train line connects the Monch with Eiger Mountain. You can have a spectacular view of these mountains through the windows. You will enjoy watching amazing views of snow-capped mountains.

The train passes through Wengen and Grindelwald, which are beautiful and interesting destinations. Your trip will be memorable as well as comfortable while travelling by the Jungfrau railways.

Facts Regarding The Jungfraujoch Express

  • Duration: 2hr
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Starting Fare: 14-16 CHF

What to Experience on The Jungfraujoch Express

After reaching the top, you can have an amazing view of the Black Forest of Germany and France. Your eyes will catch instantly the beauty of snow- covered mountain peaks.

Grab the opportunity to walk on a glacier and reach out to the world’s highest chocolate shop at Jungfrau. When the train returns to the starting point through Lauterbrunnen village, gorgeous waterfall views mesmerize you.

Places of Interest on this Route

  • Kleine Scheidegg
  • Jungfrau tunnel
  • Bernese highlands
  • Valais
  • Eiger mountain
  • Monch Mountain
  • Eigergletscher
  • Eismeer
  • Jungfraujoch

#5. The Voralpen Express : Shows a Spectacular Route

Voralpen Express

Having started its journey in 1992, this train connects the cities of eastern Switzerland with that of central Switzerland. Starting from Luzern, this train takes an average of 2 hours 15 minutes to reach St. Gallen.

The Voralpen is also known as pre-Alpine Express. Though it doesn’t have fancy panorama windows and is least touristy compared to other trains, yet it is no less worthy of riding.

Facts Regarding The Voralpen Express

  • Duration: 2 hrs 16 min
  • Distance: 125 km
  • Route: St. Gallen to Lucerne
  • Schedule: Depart from St. Gallen and Lucerne every hour throughout the year
  • Starting Fare: CHF 0.08/min.

What to Experience on The Voralpen Express

Enjoy the amazing views of the city from your seats. You can also enjoy the scenic beauty from the lower-priced second class seat. What makes your journey exciting is the comfortable seats and tidiness of the couches.

Incredibly pretty Toggenburg will make you feel like you have entered a fantasy world. Amazing views of the country’s longest wooden bridge, green hills will make it worth your while.

Places of Interest on this Route

  • St. Gallen
  • Toggenburg
  • Rapperwill castle
  • Rothenthurmur Moor
  • Lake Zurich
  • Lake Zug
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Kapellbrucke
  • Lion’s Monument
  • Glacier Garden
  • River Reuss

#6. The Gotthard Panorama Express : Scenic Boat and Train

Gotthard Panorama Express

Explore Switzerland with the Gotthard Panorama Express. This scenic train connects two beautiful parts of Switzerland by boat and by train: Ticino and Central Switzerland.

Starting from Lugano you will pass through the heart of Switzerland, Alps, the Gotthard tunnel and reach the destination Lucerne. You can see the Church of wassen from three different angles. You may travel from Lucerne to Fluelen on steamboat. This scenic train will take you from Fluelen to the south of Switzerland.

Facts Regarding The Gotthard Panorama Express

  • Duration: 2hr 43 min
  • Distance: 183 km
  • Route: Lucerne to Lugano
  • Schedule: April-October once a day except Monday
  • Starting Fare: 16 CHF
  • Reservation Required: Yes

What to Experience on The Gotthard Panorama Express

Enjoy the history, legends, and myths around Gotthard while covering the historic journey. Travellers are offered warm meals on the steamboat and beverages and snacks on the train.

Places of Interest on this Route

  • Lucerne
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Bellinzona
  • Lugano
  • Ospizio Bernina

Conclusion

Who doesn't dream of Switzerland's visit? But before visiting this glamorous place, you need to know how to plan to explore beautiful places in Switzerland. The above-mentioned scenic train rides in Switzerland will guide you properly.