Scenic Trains Switzerland
A ride on one of Switzerland’s scenic trains through the Swiss Alps or other gorgeous areas of the country is highly recommended for every Switzerland vacation! You can experience breathtaking landscapes while traveling on a panoramic route. Sit back and enjoy spectacular views from the panorama windows of a train, a Postal bus or from the deck of a lake boat. Most of the scenic trains require a seat reservation. Book your Switzerland rail journey today with Magic Switzerland.
Glacier Express Panoramic Train
This gorgeous scenic train through the Swiss Alps is an 8 hour ride over hundreds of bridges and through countless tunnels, and over the 6708ft high Oberalp Pass. Also referred to as the slowest Express Train in the world, this train with panoramic windows connects the famous resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt taking you through pristine mountain landscapes. To break up your Switzerland train journey you can visit the dining car. Since March 2019 the Excellence Class, the new Premium coach class on the Glacier Express, turns the impressive panoramic trip through the Swiss Alps into a luxurious experience where travelers get pampered.
Bernina Express Panoramic Train
From Chur to Tirano, the Bernina Express passes over UNESCO protected viaducts, past raging mountain torrents and along ancient glaciers. The scenic train with panoramic windows climbs over an altitude of 7,434ft on the Bernina Pass before descending into Tirano, Italy. During this rail journey the contrast between eternal snow and picturesque palms is well visible. Between Tirano and Lugano the seasonal Bernina Express bus runs.
The Chocolate Train is a theme tour from Montreux to Gruyères and to the Cailler Chocolate Factory. The excursion includes seat reservation, all transfers, and entries to the Gruyère cheese production and the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory.
Golden Pass Train
The scenic Golden Pass train runs along 6 lakes and over 3 mountain passes. The route begins in Lucerne and passes through Interlaken and the resort of Gstaad before descending through vineyards along Lake Geneva to Montreux. Travelers have the choice between the modern Panoramic train and the historic Belle Epoque train.
Gotthard Panorama Express (former Wilhelm Tell Express)
This 5.5 hour journey combines boat and 1st class rail travel: ride on a historic paddle wheel steamer on Lake Lucerne and along the historic Gotthard train line with its many loops, bridges and tunnels. Travelers enjoy a diverse scenery from central to southern Switzerland.
The Palm Express is an impressive Postal bus route connecting famous St. Moritz with Lugano in southern Switzerland. Travelers pass different landscapes including the Maloja Pass, various lakes and through one of Switzerland’s most beautiful valleys, the Val Bregalia.
The Voralpen Express (or Pre-Alpine Express) takes travelers from Central Switzerland to Lake Constance and vice versa. The trip from Lucerne via Arth-Goldau and St. Gallen to Romanshorn takes about 3 hours. It is not the fastest way to travel between these two Swiss regions, but very rewarding for tourists with views of foothills to the Alps in the Appenzellerland and Toggenburg.
The Lötschberger RegioExpress is a train from Switzerland’s capital Berne to Brig on the old rails from before the Lötschberg base tunnel. It is a nice alternative to the new tunnel, even though the train journey takes significantly longer. However, you will be rewarded with many sights on this picturesque route.
The Centovalli Railway connects Locarno with Domodossola in Italy. Centovalli means “A thousand valleys” and offers pristine views of valleys with gushing waterfalls, vineyards, and chestnut trees growing on the foot of the mountains. This scenic train through the Centovalli Valley is a meter-gauge train and does not require a seat reservation. In Domodossola travelers connect with trains to either Brig or Milan.