Bernina or Glacier Express, which one is better?

Bernina or Glacier Express, which one is better?

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prachi82
prachi82
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Jul 2, 2017 - 7:40 AM

which one is better bernia express or glacier express? can only do one of them...which one is most recommended......want to go from lucern

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Jul 2, 2017 - 9:51 AM in reply to prachi82

Hi prachi,

Are you planning to return to Luzern the same day?

The Bernina Express is on the other side of Switzerland from Luzern. Travel time would be a bit over 6.5 hours each way. The Bernina Express leaves Chur at 8:32. To catch it, you would need to leave Luzern at 6:10. This option is not so suitable as a day trip from Luzern.

For ideas on how to do a day trip on the Glacier Express from Luzern, please see the section Don't have time to do the full route? on the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress

You can plan your trip using the Swiss Timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Alpenrose

rockoyster
rockoyster
3687 posts
expert
Jul 3, 2017 - 3:22 AM in reply to prachi82

Hi prachi,

I liked the Bernina better than the Glacier. But the best one to do is the one you can fit in the time you have available.

Rhaetian Railways have just advertised a new one day round trip from Zurich see www.rhb.ch/en/tickets-travelcards/promotions /gotthard-bernina-rundreise

Seeing you are going from Luzern you may be able to join the Zurich to Lugano leg at Arth-Goldhau which might save a bit of time. But you would still be up for a very long day of travelling.

From Luzern you might consider the Gotthard Panorama Express (see www.myswissalps.com/go tthardpanoramaexpress) which combines boat and train. You can go one way on the GPEX route and return same day via the express train via the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

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