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The Glacier Express, SwitzerlandThe Glacier Express is probably Switzerland's most scenic train journey. It's a year-round train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadine skiing area. On its journey, the Glacier Express crosses 291 bridges and the Oberalp Pass, at 2033 metres, and passes through 91 tunnels.

 

 

Billed as Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph. But you won't be in a hurry as you relax in your comfortable seat and watch as spectacular Swiss mountain scenery unfolds outside the train's massive panoramic sightseeing windows.


Glacier Express, SwitzerlandThere is just one daily Glacier Express in winter, but several daily trains in summer, although regular (usually hourly) local trains also operate over all sections of the Glacier Express's route.

Tickets for the Glacier Express can be purchased separately or as part of a 2 or 3 night package. A range of 3 and 4 star hotels are available to choose from, and packages can include lunch onboard the Glacier Express.

 

 


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Photos courtesy Swiss Travel System

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