Glacier Express timing and prices

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Mar 15, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Hi, we plan visiting Switzerland between 13-20th May 2017 and want to take 3 day glacier express tour. What is like the time schedule from Zürich to Zermatt, can we take the train as soon as we arrive at the Airport? Or would you recommend a 3 day tour in our last days by 18-20th May ( our flight is at 7.00 pm) ? And what is like the tour prices, how can we book? Thanks

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Mar 16, 2017 - 6:57 AM in reply to Begumozguler

Hi Begumozguler and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can find train schedules for all routes in Switzerland here. There are many trains each day to Zermatt and you can take a train from the airport (there are no direct trains, you will have to change at least once).

The 3 day Glacier Express tour we recommend on our website is self-guided - was this the tour you are referring to?

You will need to buy at least a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass (or in your case the 8 day would be most beneficial as it will cover almost all train and bus trips in Switzerland over the 8 days you are in Switzerland).

Once you buy a Swiss Travel Pass you just need to research the train schedules (my link above) and pick the trains that work best for your schedule.
When you search for the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz, you need to pick the departing train labeled GEX as that is the panoramic train.

For example, on May 15 there are 2 departures in the morning: 07:52 and 08:52.
Whichever train you decide on you must make reservations (this is the only train you will need to reserve).

Best regards,

Last modified on Mar 16, 2017 - 7:09 AM by Arno
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Mar 16, 2017 - 3:27 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

You wrote about GLACIER EXPRESS - this is the only train you will need to reserve -.

I am preparing Switzerland and am seeing on for Gothard reservation compulsory.

Will you take a look, please! I'll have got a 15 Swiss Travel.

Best wishes,


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Mar 16, 2017 - 7:05 PM in reply to edinu10

Hi Edinu10,

Lucas meant that the only train Begumozguler needs to reserve is the Glacier Express. The Gotthard Panorama Express is a different train/boat route. If you plan to take that train you will need to book a seat. Any other train on the same route does not require a reservation. Please see rdpanoramaexpress for details about this trip.

Last modified on Mar 16, 2017 - 7:05 PM by Arno

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