St Moritz to Zermatt by rail - train fully booked

St Moritz to Zermatt by rail - train fully booked

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Mitrasom
Mitrasom
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Jun 19, 2018 - 9:56 PM

I wished to travel from St Moritz to Zermatt by Glacier Express, but unfortunately it is fully booked in July. I am told that I can take the same journey, along the same route as Glacier Express, by regional trains. Can anyone advise which route I should take in order to enjoy the same scenic route? I have purchased a Swiss Travel Pass and understand that it covers all train travel in Switzerland. Do I need to make any advance reservation in any of the regional trains before taking the journey? Your views will be greatly appreciated.

1960man
1960man
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Jun 19, 2018 - 10:42 PM in reply to Mitrasom

No need for reservations in regional trains.

The route is the same as the Glacier Express train, but you will have to change trains a few times. However, in most cases the changes are convenient.

The logistics are:

Train (RhB Rhätische Bahn) St Moritz - Reichenau Tamins

change (train will be on the same island platform but will come the opposite way to the train you get off because you are reversing direction.

RhB train Reichenau Tamins - Disentis Mustér

change

Train MGB Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) Disentis - Andermatt via the very scenic Oberalp Pass line

change

MGB train Andermatt - Visp

change

MGB train Visp - Zermatt

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 20, 2018 - 2:07 PM in reply to Mitrasom

Hi Mitrasom and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Due note that Swiss Travel Pass doesn't cover all travel in Switzerland (but most). Read here for details and a map: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity

You can use the Swiss Railways timetable to find schedules for all public transport routes: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Mitrasom
Mitrasom
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Jun 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM in reply to 1960man

Many thanks for your detailed reply. Much helpful. Are these regional trains quite filled up during summer time or is it relatively easy to get a seat?

Mitrasom
Mitrasom
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Jun 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks for this. Yes I have been following this site lately, which gives very useful info about Switzerland travel.

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 21, 2018 - 4:08 PM in reply to Mitrasom

It is quite easy to find seats on regional trains - they depart often. The system is designed so reservations for seats aren't needed 95% of the time.

1960man
1960man
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Jun 23, 2018 - 12:15 AM in reply to Mitrasom

I often travel in the main summer period and never have any trouble getting a seat on regional trains

Mitrasom
Mitrasom
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Jun 25, 2018 - 10:22 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks for the info.

Mitrasom
Mitrasom
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Jun 25, 2018 - 10:23 PM in reply to 1960man

Thanks. I will plan accordingly.

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