Best section of Glacier Express?

Best section of Glacier Express?

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mindy
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Apr 16, 2017 - 4:58 PM

4/16/17

Hi,

We can not take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St.Moritz, but if you have a choice, which section you will pick?

Thank you!

Lucas
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Apr 17, 2017 - 6:24 AM in reply to mindy

Hi Mindy,

I would maybe try and do the section between Chur and St. Moritz. Read more about each main section of the Glacier Express route here. The route you pick may be based more on where you are coming from that day that anything else though!

Lucas

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SureshSrini
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Apr 17, 2017 - 8:34 AM

I enjoyed it most from the point when, you have a river flowing by your side, and the train starts to climb. And then all the way till St Moritz. Lucas, which point is that? (This and other questions below, to plan for my next trip!)

Mindy, you can do this route with other trains which run on the same route, as the above links will tell you. You can also cover the route in parts, acrossdifferent days, depending on where you are traveling on each particular day.

But not sure which trains may have windows as large, and those that you can open and put your head out too?!!

Thanks....Suresh

Lucas
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Apr 17, 2017 - 11:52 AM in reply to SureshSrini

Hi Suresh,

I think that area is around Filisur but I am not 100% sure. The regional trains will not have larger, opening windows but they do follow the same route!

Lucas

sanjaykumar
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Apr 18, 2017 - 12:20 AM

i too plan for short route journey on glacier express route. from brig to zermatt.

i will be travelling from interlaken to brig in noon. reach brig to catch glacier express.

visit zermatt for about 1 hr and will be back to interlaken by evening train.

is this trip o.k and fine.

regards.

dr. sanjay

Lucas
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Apr 18, 2017 - 9:11 AM in reply to sanjaykumar

It is a good option for your limited time Sanjay.

I might leave Interlaken earlier if possible and spend a little more time in Zermatt - up to you!

Have a great trip!
Lucas

SureshSrini
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Apr 18, 2017 - 9:47 AM

I also wish you'd spend more time in the train, especially in the better parts of the journey, for the CHF33 that it costs for the mandatory reservation! (Which i hope you are aware of.)

Suresh

mindy
mindy
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Apr 18, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Thank you all so much !!

We only have 12 days in Switzerland and want to cover it all (as you know, lol). Due to our limited time and seat reservation (hard to get seats on Glacier Express, we have 4 people) . I have booked $33 Ch per seat on the Zermatt - Chur (may have to go back next time for Chur- St.Moritz - the best part). In any event , thank you and can not wait to tell you our experience when we return!

sanjaykumar
sanjaykumar
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Apr 18, 2017 - 4:51 PM

What is the reservation cost from brig to zermatt. i have stp.

does glacier express stops at visp. can i board from visp instead of brig.

how far is brig / visp from interlaken.

what is special in zermatt to explore and how much time it needs

pl. guide.

regards, dr. sanjay

Lucas
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Apr 18, 2017 - 6:12 PM in reply to sanjaykumar

Hi Sanjay,

The reservation charge is the same regardless of where you board the train (in summer it is 33 chf).

The schedule for the Glacier Express can be found here. It looks like Brig is the only option to board the train.

Here is our list of recommended activities to do in Zermatt - I would expect 4 to 6 hours would be needed to visit the town and go up Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn.

Lucas

bikashkhetan
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Apr 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Hi Lucas,

Need a suggestion. Which would be the best option for me to spend one day in Switzerland 1) Montreaux area or 2) Zermatt Area.Also what are the options to cover in each of these areas. I would be travelling with family and enjoy mostly nature. I would be coming from Zurich early morning Via GSTAAD and can go either Monteax Area or Zermatt Area. Next day I have reservation in Glacier Express (from Brig to St. Mortiz and then local train to Tirano and then to Rome next day).

Lucas
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Apr 25, 2017 - 8:07 AM in reply to bikashkhetan

Hi bikashkhetan and welcome tom MySwissAlps!

Well if you are traveling the next day on the Glacier Express I would go to Zermatt and enjoy the town and sights for sure!

Lucas

bikashkhetan
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Apr 25, 2017 - 11:34 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas. Is it possible to change the reservation from Zermatt since my current booking is from Brig with STP. Also the booking does not show which seat is right side or left. If the weather is not good for Matherton in mid June then what is the alternative.

Lucas
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Apr 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM in reply to bikashkhetan

You will have to contact the company you booked the reservation with to ask to make the change - there may be a fee.

They won't guarantee you what side you are seated on. Both sides are good options really. :)

You mean if the weather is poor and you don't want to go to Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn to see the Matterhorn? The village of Zermatt is certainly quite nice (there is a Matterhorn museum) to walk and explore, and there are some hikes for you to try out if you wish. Let's hope for good weather for you though as the focus is to see the Matterhorn and go up one of the mountains to get an even better view!

Lucas

sheree
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Apr 26, 2017 - 2:54 AM

We are planning to go from Lugano to Zermatt on the Benina Express and the Glacier Express.Would it be best to do Lugano-Chur- Zermatt or Lugano-Tirano-St Moritz- Zermatt? Is it better to start the Glacier Express in St Moritz or Chur? Is St Moritz a town worth stopping for the night in?

Lucas
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Apr 26, 2017 - 6:04 AM in reply to sheree

Hi Sheree,

St. Moritz is a fairly luxurious ski resort town that can be interesting for some people - have a look at our information page here for what to see and do.

If you want to do both trains and are traveling in the summer season, you can take the Bernina Express bus from Lugano to Tirano, then take the Bernina Express train to St. Moritz and then over night there and continue on the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

Certainly Lugano - Chur - Zermatt is the more direct route and makes things simpler for you.

Lucas

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