Winter how to book Glacier Express Zurich-Zermatt

Winter how to book Glacier Express Zurich-Zermatt

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austcochon
austcochon
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Jul 3, 2017 - 6:43 AM

Using a Swiss Rail Pass how do I book from Zurich to Zermatt in the winter. Will the booking automatically take me to Chur to meet a connection on the Glacier Express?

Arno
Arno
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Jul 3, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Hi Austcochon,

Which rail pass will you use during that trip? The Swiss Travel Pass? You will not be offered a Glacier Express connection automatically as the quickest route does not involve the Glacier Express. But you can of course choose to do so, no problem.

Last modified on Jul 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM by Arno
rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 4, 2017 - 3:18 AM in reply to austcochon

Hi Austcochon,

I made my Glacier Express reservations here www.rhb.ch/en/panorami c-trains/glacier-express

You'll need to make separate arrangements to get from Zurich to Chur.

If you have a Swiss Travel Pass you don't need to buy tickets. If you have a 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass and want to travel first class on the Glacier then you will need to buy a Class Upgrade which costs half the difference between the first and second class fares. Reservations and tickets are two separate things - it took me a while to grasp that concept when I was planning our recent trip.

You may be interested in some fellow Aussie's recent experiences on the Glacier Express (going the opposite direction). See www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/the-reluctant-travellers-swiss-adventure-part-3

austcochon
austcochon
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Jul 4, 2017 - 5:44 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you Arno, I will be using Swiss Travel pass

austcochon
austcochon
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Jul 4, 2017 - 6:14 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you Rockoyster, we will be overnight in Zurich and want to travel to Zermatt on the 19th of December using Swiss Travel Pass. I understand the new timetable will be issued some time in October so will book then for the Glacier Express. Your links were very helpful and will certainly be used.

Regards

austcochon

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 4, 2017 - 6:32 AM in reply to austcochon

Glacier timetable for your travel date is actually published here www.glacierexpress.ch/ en/travel-planning/timetables/ti metables/ (you may have to click winter timetable link down the page) or see attached.

You just have to get from Zurich to Chur for 11:26 departure. Shouldn't be a problem. The IC trains only take 1 hour 15 mins.

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austcochon
austcochon
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Jul 4, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Rockoyster, again my thanks. There is no doubt, this site and it's contributors are unique!

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