Interlaken to Zermatt via Glacier Express

Interlaken to Zermatt via Glacier Express

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Rijusree
Rijusree
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Jul 22, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Hi all,

I would be traveling to Switzerland end August and I am planning to travel from interlaken to zermatt by train.I am planning to get a Swiss rail pass.I would like to know which is the best route to do that considering that I am interested in traveling by the glacier express.also ,could I opt for other trains on the same route as I read that the glacier express requires reservation?

I am planning to stay overnight at zermatt.

Any suggestions are welcome .

Arno
Arno
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Jul 22, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Hi Rijusree,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! Interlaken to Zermatt does not include the Glacier Express. Well, the last hour or so overlaps with the Glacier Express route, but it would be inconvenient and expensive to specifically take that train there. There are plenty of other trains that do not require you to buy a reservation. If yyou enter Interlaken to Zermatt in the timetable it will show all options. Enter "via Kandersteg" if you prefer the slower but more scenic route.

You can check the Swiss Travel Pass page for all details about the pass, what's covered, and how to buy it.

Where are you going after Zermatt? It would make sense to go to St. Moritz, or at least Chur. You can take the Glacier Express for that trip.

Rijusree
Rijusree
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Jul 23, 2017 - 6:11 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno, Thanks for your help.I was actually hoping to do part of the journey by glacier express from either andermatt or brig but If it's a long detour I shall drop that plan.I also read about the Lotschberg regio express.can I travel part of the journey on that?

From zermatt We would be traveling to Geneva and then on to Paris so won't be able to do glacier express again.

Arno
Arno
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Jul 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM in reply to Rijusree

Hi again!

The best part of the route is east of Andermatt. If you depart from Interlaken early you can travel to Chur, board there and stay seated to Zermatt. That's a really long day on trains, but then you'll experience 75% of the Glacier Express route.

The Lötschberg Regio Express is the route via Kandersteg I mentioned in my previous post. If you don't want 9 hours or so on trains, that would be a good alternative to make the ride to Zermatt more interesting.

Last modified on Jul 23, 2017 - 12:34 PM by Arno
Iffat
Iffat
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Jul 23, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Glacier express is just waste of time and money . You can better consider Golden pass line from Interlaken to Luzern or Interlaken to Montreux . Ticket covered with Swiss travel pass & seat reservation is very cheap ( only required between Zweisimmen and Montreux ). It's a beautiful scenic route specially between Luzern & Interlaken and Zweisimmen to Montreux . Glacier express only seat reservation 33 chf per person. It's advertised very well but a long boring and tiring journey with less impressive route. We made it last week , it's boring and expensive experience for us , as we bought first class upgrade too.

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 23, 2017 - 4:44 PM in reply to Iffat

Hi all,

Just a quick note that reservations are not required on any section of the Golden Pass route - but we recommend it often in the busy summer season!

Lucas

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