Taking the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Zurich

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pandachee
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Apr 15, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Hi

My husband and I are planning a trip for next April. (2020). We do not have many days of leave and hence planning how to optimize it.

We would like to take the Glacier express from Zermatt to Zurich.

Would it be advisable to change get off the Glacier express at Chur and change to another train that bring us back to Zurich? (Chur to Zurich) Is the changing of train easy, ie. in the same station?

Or would you suggest another way to get to Zurich?

Thanks

Yee Hwee

Steph
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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:11 AM in reply to pandachee

Hi Pandachee and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Nice to hear you're planning a trip to Switzerland.

The Glacier Express only runs between Zermatt and Chur (and then St. Moritz) so as you say you will have to take a regular train between Chur and Zurich.

For details on the Glacier Express such as route, tickets, etc. use the following link:
- www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress

To find out about timetables, connections, etc. use our timetable link. Make sure you read how it works in order to fully profit from its use.
- www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

FYI - The panoramic trains of the Glacier Express on the section Zermatt - Chur are marked with PE.

Changing trains in Swiss rail stations is easy, handy and a very usual thing to do during a trip. To help find your way around the Chur station use below link, incl. a printable pdf map:
- www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/railway-stations/chur-station.html

I hope this answers your questions. Get back to us for further input anytime.

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Apr 15, 2019 - 10:13 AM by Steph
pandachee
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Apr 15, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Hi Steph

thanks for your reply and the tip. I will check out the timetable.

Our first time to Switzerland, can’t wait!

cheers

Yee Hwee

pandachee
pandachee
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Apr 18, 2019 - 7:52 AM

Hi Steph

One more question regarding the Glacier express pls.

I follow the link to the booking site.

Can i reserve the panoramic wagon when i book the tickets? Can't seems to do so. The website state that the 1st class panoramic car are 11, 21 & 31, but i do not get to select the car number when i book the tickets. Am i doing something wrong?

Thanks!

Yee Hwee

Annika
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Apr 18, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Hi Yee Hwee. I'm not sure which link you've followed. Note that all coaches on the Glacier Express are panoramic. As long as you select a 1st class ticket, you'll automatically be assigned seats in one of the 1st class cars. Quite some booking sites don't allow travelers to pick their own coach and seat indeed. Does this answer your question?

pandachee
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Apr 22, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Hi Annika

Thank you very much for answering my question :)

Cheers

Yee Hwee

1960man
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Apr 24, 2019 - 12:14 AM in reply to pandachee

You will arrive in Chur station usually on track 10 or 11. The main line express to Zurich will leave from tracks 7, 8 or 9 usually - it's dead easy

pkerr
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Apr 25, 2019 - 4:35 PM

I too am going Zermatt to Zurich. I need to be there by 3:00 In looking at the schedule it doesn't appear to be any way to ride the GEX and get there by then? Or did I read the schedule wrong?

Suggestions?

Thanks!

1960man
1960man
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Apr 25, 2019 - 10:27 PM in reply to pkerr

Earliest possible arrival in Zurich via Chur is 15.23, but since you haven't specified a date of travel it is hard to advise exactly.

pkerr
pkerr
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Apr 26, 2019 - 2:37 AM in reply to 1960man

Thanks... I didn't think the date mattered as it would be the same regardless?

rockoyster
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Apr 26, 2019 - 3:21 AM in reply to pkerr

The attached will get you to Zurich by 14:23. You can't get there by 15:00 using the GEX but you can using the regular train connections in the attachment. The scenery is just the same.

Bit of an early start called for I'm afraid.

Last modified on Apr 26, 2019 - 3:22 AM by rockoyster
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pkerr
pkerr
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Apr 26, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Thanks for that!

Curious if the scenery is the same, what is it about the Glacier Express that makes it special?

rockoyster
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Apr 26, 2019 - 8:34 PM in reply to pkerr

Curious if the scenery is the same, what is it about the Glacier Express that makes it special?”

  • History - it’s been running for decades originally transporting the rich and famous from one ski resort to another
  • It got it’s name from the fact it passed a glacier but no longer does since the tunnel under the Furka Pass was built
  • “in-flight” meal service and en-route commentary
  • panoramic windows
  • Single train Zermatt to St Moritz - no changes.
  • marketing

1960man explains it better. See bit.ly/2R1Bm0n.

Last modified on Apr 26, 2019 - 8:34 PM by rockoyster
pkerr
pkerr
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Apr 26, 2019 - 8:40 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for the explanation!

1960man
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Apr 27, 2019 - 12:47 AM in reply to pkerr

No, because in winter only one trains runs, in summer there are several.

pkerr
pkerr
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Apr 27, 2019 - 4:16 AM in reply to 1960man

Ahhh... that makes sense. Thanks

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