The Glacier Express is a train service that connects St. Mortiz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. It is operated by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and Rhaetian Railway (RhB).
The Glacier Express is a scenic route, known for being the slowest express train in the world. The full journey takes around seven and a half hours, and crosses 291 bridges, and travels through 91 tunnels. It is a narrow gauge service, and a large number of rack-and-pinion systems are used to travel up/down steep slopes.
Each train operated by the Glacier Express has both First and Second Class carriages (36 First Class seats, 48 Second Class seats), as well as a buffet car.
Both accommodation types offer passengers a comfortable journey, with great views offered through panoramic windows. All passengers are able to listen to information about the surrounding scenery through the multi-language (German, French, English, Italian, Japanese and Chinese) audio guide. First Class passengers are offered a slightly more spacious seating arrangement to Second Class.
Luggage & Facilities
Food & Drink
Passengers may choose to buy a meal onboard the train, which is served in the dining car or at their seat/table. If you plan on eating on-board, you need to make a reservation in advance. Budget-conscious travellers should probably avoid buying food on the train however, as it is particularly expensive (€25-€35.50 per person). You won't be frowned upon for bringing your own food onto the train with you; most people do.
Wheelchair users are welcome onboard the Glacier Express. A wheelchair accessible compartment is available in the First Class section of the train. This area must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Passengers should request seat number 11 when booking to ensure they get the correct space. If you must stay in your wheelchair during the journey, you should make you reservation through the Glacier Express reservation number (+41 27 927 70 00). There is a mobile lift to help get passengers onto the train (please arrive at least 10mins before departure). Wheelchair users only pay for Second Class tickets, despite being given First Class seats. Click here for more information.
Travelling with Pets
If you would like to take your dog on-board the train, you will need to pay a supplement equivalent to half the price of a second class ticket for your journey. Small dogs (up to 30cm high at the shoulder) may be taken on-board as hand luggage, provided they remain in a suitable pet carrier. If you pay for a half-price fare, you may take your small dog out of their carrier.