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June 13, 2024

Aboard these Five Swiss Panoramic Trains, the Journey is as Good as the Destination!


Riding Switzerland’s panoramic trains is a must-do experience for travelers, and it’s easy to see why! These trains offer breathtaking sights where the destination becomes secondary to the awe-inspiring voyage itself. Each leg of the trip unfolds with stunning vistas, making the entire journey a feast for the eyes.

When you match that experience with the country’s well-established Swiss Travel System (STS), considered one of the most efficient public transport networks globally, you know you’ve hit the jackpot in terms of travel sojourn. With the system’s all-in-one ticket — the Swiss Travel Pass (STP), travellers can hop on trains, buses, and boats across the magnificent Swiss countryside and its vibrant cities.

All STP pass holders can also embark on the unforgettable Grand Train Tour of Switzerland aboard the country’s renowned panoramic train routes. Here are the five most popular panoramic train rides that are always on time and a convenient mode of transportation for all passengers offering glimpses into local living.

1.                   Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is known as the ‘slowest express train in the world’ for a reason! On this captivating 8-hour journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz, passengers are treated to unfiltered views of breathtaking landscapes, deep valleys, picturesque villages and magnificent mountain ranges through panoramic windows. The Glacier Express offers an unrivalled experience as it crosses over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels, showcasing some of the country’s most complex and ingenious engineering.

Through the duration of this luxurious rail journey through the Swiss Apls, passengers are treated to an exclusive bar and on-board entertainment, freshly prepared meals and a selection of regional wines that perfectly complementing the scenic views. Add to that a concierge service and a personal travel guide, and you’re sorted.

2. Bernina Express

On the Bernina Express ride to Tirano from St. Moritz, one passes through Lugano the Mediterranean haven that merges the best of Swiss and Italian cultures and awes with its small-town charm. The Bernina Express navigates the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhaetian Railway, taking passengers through awe-inspiring landscapes that include glaciers, alpine forests, charming Swiss villages, and the famous Landwasser Viaduct — an architectural masterpiece. This route offers different views in different seasons. In winter, you see the magic of frozen lakes, and snow-covered mountains and can even catch glimpses of local skiers making the most of the season. In summer, verdant fields and farming settlements enthrall in all their vibrant beauty.

What sets this train route apart is its ascent to the Bernina Pass, that reaches a breathtaking 2,253 meters above sea level, making it Europe’s highest railway journey!

At Alp Grüm, that offers one of the most unforgettable views on the route, travellers can hop off for 15 minutes and take picture-perfect photos. A roving minibar and a range of culinary delicacies are also available onboard.

3. GoldenPass Express

The GoldenPass Express is an enchanting train journey that connects Lucerne to Lake Geneva in just 3 hours and 15 minutes. It offers a seamless transition from the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps to the lush green meadows of the Lake Geneva region, providing captivating vistas at every turn. What makes this journey even more remarkable is that it is the only train connecting Interlaken to Montreux, offering a unique experience bridging the Swiss and French regions. From the Alpine scenery to charming towns and vineyards, passengers can witness the diverse landscapes of Switzerland and France all in one extraordinary trip.

The GoldenPass Express ensures maximum comfort and privacy with small compartments, and the new “prestige” travel class features adjustable leather seats that rotate 180 degrees, providing unobstructed views of the idyllic landscapes. With exceptional culinary offerings onboard, including snacks, light meals, and beverages, passengers can indulge their senses while immersing themselves in the breathtaking beauty of both countries.

4. Luzern-Interlaken Express

The Luzern-Interlaken Express is not only the shortest ride connecting Lucerne and Interlaken, but it also offers a scenic route through the heart of Switzerland, showcasing the region’s stunning landscapes and picturesque lakes. Passengers are treated to breathtaking views as the train winds its way through charming Swiss towns, emerald lakes, and lush meadows. The iconic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau add a touch of old-world romance to the journey, evoking a sense of awe and wonder.

The train’s interiors are meticulously maintained, providing passengers with spotlessly clean and comfortable surroundings. With ample space and a well-equipped onboard bistro, passengers can fully immerse themselves in the essence of Switzerland’s natural grandeur while enjoying the highest level of comfort.

5. Gotthard Panorama Express

The Gotthard Panorama Express offers a two-in-one experience perfectly combining a scenic boat trip with a panoramic train ride! From Lugano to Flüelen, passengers enjoy the historic Gotthard route aboard the Express and from Flüelen, they take a boat cruise on a historic steamboat or modern boat across Lake Lucerne. This captivating journey concludes in the Italian-speaking city of Lugano, making it a delightful blend of Swiss and Mediterranean influences.

Warm meals are served on the boat and snacks and beverages can be enjoyed on the train. The first-class coaches are very spacious with enough room for six-footers to stretch out and enjoy the panoramic views. On the train’s photo coach, one can open the windows, feel the fresh air and take photos!

Traversing the magnificent Swiss countryside by train is not only a convenient mode of transportation but also an eco-friendly, sustainable way to explore this stunning destination. You can buy the STP as early as 11 months and as late as 90 days before travel to Switzerland so that you can start using the country’s diverse public transport network spread across over 90 cities and towns the moment you land. Children up to 16 years of age can travel free of charge with a complimentary Swiss Family Card, when accompanied by a parent holding a Swiss Travel Pass. Although these trains are included in the Swiss Travel Pass, seat reservations and additional supplements are required. The tickets provide captivating vistas, engineering marvels, and an appreciation for Switzerland’s grandeur. The journey itself becomes a memorable part of the travel experience. Discover Switzerland’s beauty and create lasting memories with the Swiss Travel System.

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