What are the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland? This alpine country prides itself on its excellent rail network, with the highest rates of public transport use in Western Europe and one of the most technically advanced transportation systems in the world.
Traveling on the Swiss trains is a real treat. Convenience, punctual, and well-connected, Swiss trains have one more undeniable benefit: they are incredibly scenic.
We put together a list of the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland for your next summer holiday adventure.
Our 5 most scenic train journeys in Switzerland
1.The Glacier Express
Embark on a mesmerizing journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express. Dubbed one of the most scenic train rides in Switzerland, this 8-hour adventure takes you to the most picturesque spots in the Swiss Alps.
Starting off with a winding Albula pass, and the impressive Landwasser viaduct, the route dives deep into the Rhine Gorge (dubbed Swiss Grand Canyon) before starting its climb to Oberalp Pass.
Marvel at Disentis and Sedrun massifs (where 4 sources of the Rhein start their course), and relax observing the rolling green pasture dotted with ever-present cows. Finally, enjoy the climb into the narrow valley where Zermatt lies, and look out for the first peek of Matterhorn, one of the most well-known Swiss landmarks.
The onboard experience on Glacier Express is equally enchanting, with luxurious amenities and delightful dining options, making this eight-hour journey a truly unforgettable experience.
2. Bernina Express
3. GoldenPass Line
4. Furka Pass Steam Train Line
Experience the Furka Pass Line, linking Realp and Oberwald, and be treated to views of the awe-inspiring Rhone Glacier. Furka pass line is operated by an original steam locomotive restored to its original glory by a group of train aficionados.
The line is operated mostly by volunteers who make it possible for tourists to embark on a journey back in time. The journey it offers is not just about reaching a destination but embracing the historical significance of the routes, the challenging terrain, and the majestic vistas that unfold along the way.
5. Pilatus Cogwheel Train
The Pilatus Cogwheel Train, ascending to the summit of Mount Pilatus from Alpnachstad near Lucerne, offers another mountainous engineering marvel.
Named the steepest cogwheel train in the world, it climbs the famous Pilatus mountain at a staggering 48-degree gradient, offering a one-of-a-kind experience.
Feel the thrill of this steep ascent as the views of the lakes and peaks unfold beneath you while you seat comfortably ready to admire what’s in front.
Discover Switzerland Rail Tours
We hope this post inspired you to explore the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland, where every twist and turn reveals a new masterpiece of nature.
Whether it’s the glacial wonderlands of the Glacier Express, the diverse landscapes of the Bernina Express, the charming stops along the GoldenPass Line, or the alpine majesty of the Furka Pass Line and Pilatus Cogwheel Train, each journey is a symphony of sights and experiences.
You too can discover the beauty of Switzerland from the perspective of a train.
ECHO Rails tours are designed to provide an all-inclusive experience with the most iconic trains in Switzerland. Hop aboard 11 scenic rail lines with our 12-day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and discover the beauty of the Swiss Alps.
- small groups
- English-speaking local guides
- luggage transfers
- authentic mountain hotels
- first-class Swiss Pass Flex
Whether you’re an avid train rider or a nature fan, riding with Swiss trains will provide you with an unforgettable experience that’s a perfect blend of both. Grab your ticket and relax – your journey of a lifetime starts today.