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View Gotthard Panorama Express

Enjoying the views from the Gotthard Panorama Express.

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Golden Pass line

Beautiful scenic train ride from Lucerne via the Bernese Oberland lakes to Montreux.

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Glacier Express

The world famous train offering a full day of magnificent views of the Swiss Alps.

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Rigi

Cogwheel train and wide views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Bernina Express

Wonderful scenic train ride from the old town of Chur across the Bernina Pass via Italy to Lugano.

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Gotthard Panorama Express

An impressive train and boat journey across the famous Gotthard route.

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RegioExpress Lötschberger

A beautiful scenic train ride connecting the regions of Bern, Lake Thun, the Kander valley and the Valais.

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Brienzer Rothorn

Cogwheel steam railway across an extraordinary landscape. Breathtaking views of Central Switzerland and the Bernese Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Centovalli railway

The Centovalli railway offers a unique train journey across remote valleys in northern Italy and southern Switzerland.

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Chocolate Train

Enjoy a one day train and bus trip from Montreux, visiting the cheese and chocolate factories near Gruyères.

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  • Attraction type: culinary tour, cheese;
    culture;
    culinary tour, chocolate;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Montreux (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Jungfrau region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the region? This one day trip in the Jungfrau region makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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Voralpen-Express

The Voralpen-Express makes for a relaxing train journey between Central and North-Eastern Switzerland, passing green hills and charming villages.

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The Ticino region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the Ticino region? This one day trip to Lugano and Locarno makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, lake;
    culture, monument;
    city tour;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino), Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided train tour from Zurich to the Schilthorn

Your private guide takes you on the train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen, and further up to the pretty town of Mürren and the top of the Schilthorn.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by train
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Classic Summer Round Trip to Mount Rigi & Lucerne from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide, Expedia
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Eiger and Jungfrau panorama view from Zurich

A luxury coach takes you from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen. From there, cogwheel trains take you up to Kleine Scheidegg. The view of the Jungfrau and Eiger North Face is impressive. You then go down to Grindelwald to see the rest of the Jungfrau region, and to board to bus back.

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  • Attraction type: natural site;
    scenic trip, by train
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Mount Rigi and Lucerne winter day trip from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: city tour;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by bus;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

First class Glacier Express tour from Zurich with a private guide

Be prepared for a long day with a lot of wonderful scenery! Your guide meets you in your hotel and first takes you to Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. After a short tour of the town, you'll board the Glacier Express for a 4 hour scenic ride to Brig. Then you'll go back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train
  • Escort: private guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Glacier Express tours 2 to 4 days

Choose from various independent tour packages to enjoy the Glacier Express. From 1 night to see the highlights, to 3 nights to see the whole route, including Zermatt and St. Moritz. You can add more nights to explore the towns (recommended). Also you can optionally add lunch on board.

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Bernina Express tours 2 to 3 days

Choose from various independent tour packages to enjoy the Bernina Express. Book 1 night to see the highlights, or 2 nights to see the whole route, including Lugano. You can add more nights to explore the towns (recommended).

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3-day Golden Pass line tour

On day one you'll travel from Zürich or Geneva to Lucerne to explore the historical town center of this city on the lake. The next day is reserved for a ride on the Golden Pass line via Lake Brienz, Interlaken, Lake Thun and Gstaad to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Your return trip is on the third day.

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Independent 3-day Glacier Express tour from Zurich

Enjoy the full Glacier Express route, and an overnight stay in the alpine towns of Zermatt and St. Moritz. Hotels, breakfast, train tickets and reservations in the panoramic carriage are included. You can start the tour in Zurich or anywhere else in Switzerland.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland 3 to 8 days

Explore the scenic train routes to enjoy all of Switzerland or part of it. Pick any tour program from 3 to 8 days.

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4-day Glacier Express and Bernina Express Tour

You'll start in Zurich or Geneva. After a night in the alpine town of Zermatt, you'll take the Glacier Express to enjoy the scenery all the way to St. Moritz. The next day you'll take the Bernina Express for a ride via Italy back into Switzerland. Seat reservations, hotels & breakfast are included.

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Independent 5-day Golden Pass and Jungfraujoch tour

Start from Basel, Geneva or Zurich and explore the Golden Pass line in 5 days. A ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe, is included too. You'll spend the nights in Lucerne, Interlaken and Montreux. All train rides except Jungfraujoch in 1st class. You can book additional days.

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5 days of famous Swiss mountains

We selected this tour because it includes two of the most popular areas in the Swiss Alps: the Bernese Oberland for a visit to Jungfraujoch, and Zermatt to see the Matterhorn from the Gornergrat viewing point. Hotels, breakfast and excursions are included. The tour starts in Zurich.

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Rail track

RAIL HOLIDAYS

There are rail tour packages that include multiple scenic trains. Learn all about it here.

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HOW TO TRAVEL BY TRAIN

Learn how train traveling in Switzerland works.

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Insider tips about panoramic trains

  • The term "panoramic train" is often used for the well-known comfortable tourist trains with panoramic windows and reserved seats. These trains are not the only way to see the scenery; you can ride the same railroads on regular trains, which are easy to fit into your itinerary as they operate all day long;
  • Apart from the routes serviced by the panoramic trains, there are many other train routes in Switzerland that are very scenic.
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