Glacier Express schedule questions

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traveler000
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Jul 13, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Hello

I'm having trouble finding the Bernina or Glacier Express from St Moritz to chur on the SBB site for 31/08/17 (all day). I can find GEX if I put St Moritz and Zermatt, but I want to get off at Chur. What am I doing wrong? I was having a similar problem when typing Chur to Brig but found a thread to use the advanced option "via station Andermatt", and that worked

Also, is the view of the "Swiss Grand Canyon", Rheinschlucht, good enough from GEX or should we get off at Trin and walk to viewing point (il Spir platform)? That would take a half day of our vacation time and we are already limited.

Thanks, Traveler000

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 13, 2017 - 4:05 AM in reply to traveler000

Hi Traveler,

If you look at the Glacier Express website shop.glacierexpress.ch /gex_en you can book the St Moritz - Chur leg with departures 8.02, 9.02 and 10:02. If you break the St. Moritz to Zermatt GEX trip at Chur you will need to pay reservations for both legs. Interesting that the SBB timetable shows regional trains departing St Mortiz - Chur exact same time as GEX. Not sure how that works.

Trin is not an alighting or boarding stop for the GEX so if you wanted to do that you'd have to take regional trains not the GEX. Trin to Chur is only 14 mins each way.

I have never hiked up high around there so others may be able to offer an opinion but I didn't find the views of the Rheinschlucht from the GEX that exciting. Better from up high I would think.

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Jul 13, 2017 - 5:13 AM in reply to traveler000

>> Also, is the view of the "Swiss Grand Canyon", Rheinschlucht, good enough from GEX or should we get off at Trin and walk to viewing point (il Spir platform)? That would take a half day of our vacation time and we are already limited.

I'm afraid you can't walk to the Il Spir platform from Trin railway station. Access is via a 45-minute walk along a path from the village of Flims. Flims can be reached by bus from Chur.

If this is your first visit to Switzerland, I wouldn't regard this as a priority.

Alpenrose

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 13, 2017 - 9:01 AM in reply to traveler000

Oh that pesky GEX timetable!

Sometimes the GEX won't have a scheduled stop (look at the timetable here).

If it is says ARR only then you can only get off. If it says DEP only then you can only get on. :)
Hence why you can book the 10:26 from Chur to Brig. You can get on there but you can't get off (at Chur) - that is why you don't see it on the SBB timetable - it technically doesn't stop there to allow people off.

Hope that makes sense! From St. Mortiz to Chur you will need to take a regional train (it follows the same route as the GEX) say departing at 08:02 and arriving at 10:03. Then you can take the 10:26 to Brig on the GEX itself.

Phew.

Lucas

Last modified on Jul 13, 2017 - 9:28 AM by Lucas
rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 13, 2017 - 9:10 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Given the regional train and the GEX both depart St Moritz at the same time I was wondering if the regional train is actually just a few carriages tagged on the back of the GEX that get dropped off at Chur. Possible?

Lucas
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Jul 13, 2017 - 9:29 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hey Rockoyster....yes that is possible actually - so funny to do it like that. It is a funny thing to schedule people to get on a train but not off (and vice versa too). The Swiss are TOO organized I think

traveler000
traveler000
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Jul 14, 2017 - 1:31 AM

Thank you Rockoyster, Alpenrose666 and Lucas

Very helpful info. You guys are awesome!

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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Jul 14, 2017 - 9:08 PM

When we travelled yesterday from Chur to St. Moritz we were ushered on to some RE carriages attached to the front of the GEX. We are planning to go to Chur tomorrow on the 10.02 - same time as GEX so are assuming same will apply! Will let you know what happens!

Maggie

maggiehorswell
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Jul 15, 2017 - 8:35 PM

just to update

went on the RE 10.02 train to Chur which was added on to front of GEX as I thought it might be so no problems there!.

Maggie

Lucas
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Jul 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM in reply to maggiehorswell

Thanks Maggie, good to know!

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