Seats Glacier Express and direction of travel

Seats Glacier Express and direction of travel

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jmaddox1
jmaddox1
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Feb 24, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Can you tell by looking at the diagram which is the front of the train and back? I see a little difference in the front and back of the picture. Is that the luggage rack. My question would be can you tell by the diagram which end will be going forward? Or do you just have to choose seats and hope for the best? Could they tell you by phoning? Also if you choose seats will they be able to tell when you check in at train station on date of departure and change them if there is availability? Asking a lot,right?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 25, 2017 - 6:37 AM in reply to jmaddox1

My research leads me to the conclusion that you can't predict, when making reservations, which side of the train is favoured.

See . . .

Which side of the train to sit? Eastbound, the right-hand side is best along the Mattertal Valley between Zermatt and Brig, and also between Chur and St Moritz with great views of the the Landwasser Viaduct. In the Rhine Gorge, all the river scenery is on the left. Westbound, it'll obviously be the opposite side. However, when booking you can't tell which way round the carriages will be, so unfortunately you can't reserve a seat on a specific side. But feel free to move if seats are free, and if there's four of you, you could reserve the two window seats on both sides.

From www.seat61.com/Glacier Express.htm#travel_tip s_&_FAQ

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Feb 25, 2017 - 8:22 AM in reply to jmaddox1

>> Can you tell by looking at the diagram which is the front of the train and back? I see a little difference in the front and back of the picture. Is that the luggage rack. My question would be can you tell by the diagram which end will be going forward?

No, both ends can go forward, because trains change directions.

For example, the Glacier Express changes direction at Chur. If you are facing forwards on the left in the direction of travel from St Moritz to Chur, you will be facing backwards on the right in the direction of travel from Chur to Brig. There might be another change of direction at Brig, I can't remember.

Then when the train gets to Zermatt, the part of the train that was at the front on arrival in Zermatt will be at the end of the train when it sets out on the return trip.

Alpenrose

Arno
Arno
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Feb 25, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Hi all,

The route and where to sit (personal opinions) is explained here: myswissalps.com/glacie rexpress/gettingthere. The train no longer changes direction in Brig, but does so in Chur.

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