Switzerland is best explored by train. You can even base your holidays entirely on the excellent scenic trains. It's a comfortable, relaxed, safe and eco-friendly way to see the Swiss Alps.
Below are multi day tours, but of course a one-day trip by train is possible too.
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On day one you'll travel from Zürich or Geneva to Lucerne to explore the historical town center of this city on the lake. The next day is reserved for a ride on the Golden Pass line via Lake Brienz, Interlaken, Lake Thun and Gstaad to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Your return trip is on the third day.
You'll start in Zurich or Geneva. After a night in the alpine town of Zermatt, you'll take the Glacier Express to enjoy the scenery all the way to St. Moritz. The next day you'll take the Bernina Express for a ride via Italy back into Switzerland. Seat reservations, hotels & breakfast are included.
Start from Basel, Geneva or Zurich and explore the Golden Pass line in 5 days. A ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe, is included too. You'll spend the nights in Lucerne, Interlaken and Montreux. All train rides except Jungfraujoch in 1st class. You can book additional days.
We selected this tour because it includes two of the most popular areas in the Swiss Alps: the Bernese Oberland for a visit to Jungfraujoch, and Zermatt to see the Matterhorn from the Gornergrat viewing point. Hotels, breakfast and excursions are included. The tour starts in Zurich.
You'll visit the car free alpine town of Mürren and the James Bond mountain Schilthorn. Next, you'll travel to Zermatt to enjoy the view of the Matterhorn after riding the cogwheel train up to Gornergrat. All by 1st class trains, except the mountain trains.
This tour can be extended (recommended).
The Lucerne area is the highlight of Central Switzerland. That's where you start with a visit to Mount Titlis. Next, you'll take the highest railway of Europe to Jungfraujoch and spend the night in Interlaken. Finally you'll visit Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn. 1st class trains where available.
You'll reach the Alps as you take a train from Venice to Bolzano. The next day you'll take the wonderful route crossing the Swiss National Park to St. Moritz. The Glacier Express ride is included too, as well as a visit to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. You'll end in Paris or at any Swiss airport.
You'll travel to Chur, to board the Glacier Express to the Matterhorn (Gornergrat) next day. You'll then travel to Interlaken for a visit to the Schilthorn. A scenic train then brings you to historical Lucerne. Lots of Swiss top attractions in only 6 days. Still, we recommended to book extra days!
Drive a luxury 4x4 to St. Moritz and explore parts of Austria and Italy (3 days). Then enjoy the famous Glacier Express train trip to Andermatt- Zermatt (3 more days). You can book extra nights as you like. A GPS unit, road book and 24/7 support are included. A chauffeured car is optional.
Perfect for train and scenery lovers: all famous scenic train rides in one week. Of course you can book extra nights to enjoy the towns along the way. Starts and ends in Zurich, but can easily be started from anywhere in Switzerland.
All the famous scenic trains packed in a week: the Golden Pass line, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express and the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. Hotels, breakfast and a certificate of the "Grand Train Tour of Switzerland" are included. The tour starts in Zurich.
First, you'll explore Lucerne, and enjoy a day trip to the top of Mt. Pilatus. Next up is St. Moritz, and a ride on the panoramic Glacier Express to Zermatt. A trip to the Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn is included. Finally you'll travel to Interlaken for an excursion to the famous Jungfraujoch.