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5 Most Scenic Train Journeys in Switzerland

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5 Most Scenic Train Journeys in Switzerland

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. 

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Our 5 most scenic train journeys in Switzerland

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Phot. Stefan Schlumpf, Glacier Express

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.

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2. Bernina Express

One of the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland, the Bernina Express takes you on a thrilling adventure from Chur to Tirano, navigating through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. The UNESCO-listed Albula and Bernina rail lines showcase remarkable engineering feats. The journey offers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush meadows and mirror-like alpine lakes to dramatic glaciers, such as Morteratsch Glacier. Take advantage of the open-air observation cars and marvel both at the natural landscape and man-made way to explore it. After an impressive climb from St. Moritz to Alp Grum, the train starts its slow descent into the Pontresina valley and ends its course across the Italian border in the small, picturesque town of Tirano. If you’re keen, check out our Bernina Express day trip itinerary to make the best of your cross country train trip. 
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3. GoldenPass Line

Connecting Montreux and Lucerne, a ride with GoldenPass Line is definitely one of the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland. This is truly a luxurious experience: the train starts in Montreux, the capital of the Swiss Riviera. It slowly snakes up the hills above Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman), offering stunning views of its blue waters and the peaks of the French Alps on the other side. Over the hills, the train traverses vineyards, gently rolling hills, and dense forests of the famous Gruyere region, stopping at places like Zweisimmen and Gstaad, known for its charming Swiss chalets. Apart from ultra-modern carriages, the GoldenPass Line operates unique Belle Époque-style carriages that add a touch of nostalgia to the experience. 
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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.

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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. 

Your benefits:

  • 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. 

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