Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.


Zermatt is a municipality in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The town is a hub for mountaineers and winter sports enthusiasts. The local economy is based primarily on tourism, with many of the town's inhabitants working in hotels or restaurants.

Most visitors to the town arrive by train either by cog railway from Tasch, or from the stations of Visp or Brig.

How to get to Zermatt from
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The Glazier Express is a luxury Swiss mountain railway, running between Zermatt and St. Moritz. The leisure journey takes around seven and a half hours, travelling across 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. This scenic journey is very slow, to allow passengers to take in the spectacular scenery on all sides of the train, at any time of the year. The large panoramic windows in each carriage give passengers the sense of being part of the scenery, rather than just looking at it from afar.

To make the most of the Glacier Express journey, you should consider breaking the journey over several days, getting off the train and staying in some of the stopping points on the way. If you don't like the idea of taking multiple days to do the trip, avoid having to do a round-trip by arranging to stay at either end of the route (this will also avoid you having to pay for a return fare - very expensive!).

While the Glacier Express does over some great photo opportunities, poor reflections can hamper your finest photography skills. Make sure you have your camera right up against the glass to avoid this, or better still, don't worry too much about taking photographs, and enjoy the view with your eyes! If you are travelling on a sunny day, you may want to aim for the side of the train away from the sun's glare, as the giant windows can have a warming effect!

Finally, it may be worth considering a regional train, or tourist day-trip route instead of the Glacier Express. These services don't offer the same level of luxury and service as the Glacier Express, but are more affordable.

Flightless Holidays in Zermatt

The Glacier Express

Experience the beauty of the Swiss countryside as you travel on a rail tour that includes a trip on the world-famous Glacier Express.