Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

May 23, 2023

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Category: Train Journeys

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is the most popular and recommended tour of Switzerland. One can discover the most beautiful and popular sites with combination of scenic train, but and boat journeys, along this Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. Just lean back and admire at the spectacular landscapes, full of Glacier Alps and Lakes. Why Grand Train Tour, as this journey covers the panoramic Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama and Golden Pass Panorama trains in different routes of Switzerland.
Not on this, but one can explore 11 largest lakes and 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 1,280 kilometers of wonderful views in between: On the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, these panoramic trains take you to all the popular highlights and sights in Switzerland, all year-round.


Here is suggested itinerary with day wise travel schedule for Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.


First day you can start your travel from Zurich airport to any Swiss border, and reach Lucerne. This day you can explore Lucerne Old Town, Chaple Bridge, Lion’s Monument and Lake Lucerne.

From second day onward, you can start your Grand Train tour of Switzerland. Individual travel via lucerne to Interlaken along the shores of crystal – clear lakes past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent brunig mountain pass.

On third day, you can travel from Interlaken take the Golden Pass train to Montreux, via Zweisimmen.

Your journey continues with the Golden Pass Line links the German- and French-speaking regions, through the adventurous and natural scenic villages along the shores of lake Geneva.

On day four, your journey starts from Montreux to Zermatt, alpine village and car free town. Zermatt lies at the foot of the popular Matterhorn mountain, and offers plenty of snow activities to explore. Enjoy a leisure day on your own and don’t miss out an excursion to the Gornergrat, for Matterhorn front view.

On day five you can explore the most scenic train journey “Glacier Express” from Zermatt to St.Moritz. This is world’s slowest express train which travels over 291 km of tracks and 291 bridges while going through 91 tunnels and climbing to the top of the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 m.

Switzerland has to offer along the deep rhone valley, the glacier express through an incredibly fascinating part of the alps.

On day six, travel from St.Moritz to Lugano, via Tirano. Board the Bernina Express train, and then coach. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy. Change to the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Ticino.

On day seven you can explore The Gotthard Panorama Express, which is a combined boat and train journey from Lucerne to Lugano, or vice versa. Travels from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. From Flüelen you will have a boat ride over Lake Lucerne.

On day eight travel from Lucerne to St.Gallen. Enjoy the beautiful 2.5h journey with the Voralpen-Express, which runs hourly between Lucerne and St. Gallen, is the most convenient and attractive connection from central to eastern Switzerland.

Day nine, departure from St.Gallen and continue your journey at own.


There are some important questions, about Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.

1 .How long is the grand Train Tour of Switzerland?

For a rail-only ramble, consider the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, a four- to eight-day train-palooza covering up to 795 miles of all the great rail routes of Switzerland.

2 .Where does the grand Train Tour of Switzerland Start End?

There is no set route as such to start or end. You can select your own start and end point. The direction in which you wish to travel as well as the precise distance is your decision entirely. You are also free to choose your en-route stops since the tour takes in ten Swiss cities and several popular mountain excursions that are well worth exploring.

3 .What is interesting about the grand Train Tour of Switzerland?

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland combines a total of eight different routes. It gives you the freedom to experience the highlights of Swiss public transportation along approx. 1,280 kilometres of track all year round. There is no prescribed direction or duration. You can hop on and off wherever you please. Whether at Zermatt or St.moritz

4 .Which is the recommended travel period for the Grand Tour of Switzerland?

Atleast eight to nine days are required to cover complete route.

Ideally, you should plan in nine days to see the entire route, which runs the length and breadth of Switzerland. But in case that would be too much, we’ve put together two other itineraries which take only five days or just a long weekend.

5 .Which premium panoramic train along the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland a reservation is not mandatory but recommended?

This is important point, as seat reservation is mandatory for Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express. A reservation on trains of the GoldenPass Line is not mandatory, but recommended. Nine individual and unique stamps are waiting to be collected along the most delightful train tour of Switzerland.

6 .Which premium panoramic train is a combination of boat and train?

Gotthard Panorama Express from Lugano to Lucerne or vice-versa route.

Exploring Switzerland: this not only consists of a combination of boat and train but also two of the most attractive regions in the country, thereby creating a first-class experience.

7 .How long does Glacier Express take?

Glacier Express takes around 7½ hrs – 8 hrs.

The Glacier Express is a regular scheduled train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadin skiing area. Billed as Europe’s slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph.

8 .How many Unesco World Heritage sites can Travellers discover along the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland?

You can discover 5 UNESCO World Heritage and word-famous sights and landmarks of Switzerland, with this tour.

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