Jan 22, 2020 - 9:41 AM
Seat reservations are required to travel on the Glacier Express. You can find out how to make reservations at www.myswissalps.com/glacierexpress/tickets.
If you scroll right down to the bottom of that page you will find some links under “More Information”. The first link takes you to the official GEX website where you have the opportunity to pick your own seats. None of the options higher up the page give you that option. They just try to group people together, but which side of the train you end up on is pot luck.
In my experience seats at the bottom of the screen on the seating plan on the official GEX site are on the right heading west to east. Not sure if that helps or guarantees anything.
If you are going West to East you will arrive at Chur on the right-hand side of the train and depart on the left-hand side of the train.
If you are travelling with a 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass but want to travel 1st Class on any particular trip (including the Glacier Express) you can buy a Class upgrade at any SBB station or using the SBB Mobile App or here bit.ly/2rZEIXh. You need to buy a route specific upgrade.
If you buy on line you need to nominate a Half-fare Card reduction to get the correct price (using either website of SBB app). An upgrade will cost half the difference between 1st and 2nd class full-fares.