Self guided 3-day Glacier Express Tour

3-day "Glacier Express Tour"

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Do it yourself 3-day "Glacier Express Tour"

This short tour allows you to do a ride with the famous Glacier Express, plus to see the Matterhorn and St. Moritz.

The itinerary of this tour can be booked as displayed here (see the shopping list), or you can extend it by booking extra nights in Zurich, Zermatt or St. Moritz.

This tour can be done all year long, but please check the schedule of the Glacier Express before booking. The train usually does not operate from late October through mid December. You can still do the tour in that period, but you'll have to use the regular trains that operate on the same route.

Shopping list for this tour

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. You can make any changes you like, to adapt the tour to your preferences and available time. The list below is what you would need to book if you choose to make the tour as described.

  1. 3-day Swiss Travel Pass. This includes free transfers from Zurich to Zermatt, Zermatt to St. Moritz (Glacier Express) and St. Moritz to Zurich;

  2. Seat reservations for the Glacier Express;

  3. Hotel in Zermatt (1 night);

  4. Hotel in St. Moritz (1 night);

  5. Optionally: Hotel in Zurich or near Zurich Airport.

Day 1: Zurich to Zermatt

You'll travel from Zurich to Zermatt by train (about 3h15). If you arrive early enough and the weather is clear, this is a good time to take the cogwheel train up the Gornergrat to enjoy the view of the Monte Rosa massif and the Matterhorn. In case of bad weather you can explore the town or visit the Matterhorn Museum.

Day 2: Glacier Express

The highlight of this tour is the Glacier Express that takes you to St. Moritz. The journey takes about 8 hours. You'll arrive in St. Moritz around dinner time.

Day 3: St. Moritz to Zurich

Today's transfer will take about 3h30, so if your schedule allows you to arrive late in Zurich, you can still enjoy part of the day shopping in St. Moritz, doing a short hike, or visiting a local mountain top such as Piz Nair or the Corvatsch.

Another option for today is to travel to Zurich via Davos. This prevents you from seeing part of the Glacier Express route a second time, and allows you to see new Alpine scenery instead. You'd travel into the Lower Engadine region, and switch trains in Sagliains. Then you continue via Davos and Landquart to Zurich. This route takes about the same time as the regular route via Chur, but you can break your trip in another famous mountain resort: Davos.

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