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8-Hours Train Ride from Zermatt to St Moritz With Glacier Express

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Though a trip to Zermatt might seems unrewarding one as we're unable to peek a single glimpse of the notable mountain of Matterhorn, but we'll love to return to this lovely village again someday. After spending 3 days 2 nights in Zermatt, we then on board with Glacier Express's journey, the world's slowest express train where it takes more than 8 hours to travel between Zermatt and St. Moritz.  


1) Advance Booking Is Required 
Glacier Express is quite popular, especially among the foreign visitors. Hence, it is advisable to purchase the tickets up to two months in advance. Thankfully, this Glacier Express journey is included in the Swiss Travel Pass, or else it's will break your wallet. However do take note that, the seat reservation is mandatory and you need to pay additional fee for it

You can select your preferred seat from this website

2) Which Side of Train Seat Is Better?
Oh well, this is kinda a tough question and it's really hard for me to justify which is better cause I personally think, both side offer exceptionally beautiful view as Glacier Express features enormous panoramic side windows with glass skylight. 

The seat configuration for 2nd Class is arranged 2+2 with a table in between whereas 1st Class car seats are 2+1. Therefore, try to grab the window seat immediately once the reservation is opened to the public for booking.    

3) Pack Food and Drinks On Board
Unless you don't mind paying the hefty price for the food and drinks served in the train, then don't forget to pack and bring some food, snacks and drinks (including beers too) before getting on board for the long journey train ride. 

4) Board The Train Early
This is because the luggage space is pretty limited and if you have huge luggages, you might find difficulty in putting your luggages if everyone is ahead you. Another perk of getting on the train early is where you can shamelessly take hundreds, or even thousands of photos of yourself without anyone photobombing it. 

5) Glacier Express Doesn't Run All Year Round
There is no Glacier Express service at all from mid of October to early of December. Fret not, you still enjoy the exact same view from normal regular regional train - just that you can't experience in the 180-degree glass view. 

Now, come and join me on board together on this magical train ride across over 290 bridges and through 91 tunnels. With fascinating glimpses of idyllic mountain ranges, the train winds its way through remote valleys, past sheer rock faces and through the deep Rhine Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Switzerland. 

Details of the train display board 

Glacier Express Second Class

Free headphone is given for each passenger for audio guide and radio too

Audio guide is available in different languages such as German, French, Italian, English, Chinese and Japanese

Finally after 7 and half hours, we have reach St. Moritz but we didn't intend to overnight here. We then continue our train ride to Zurich.  

Commemorative certificate for complete the almost 8-hours train ride
(You can get this for free from the sales counter in Zermatt and St. Moritz)

My next post is about Zurich as both of us decided to skip St. Moritz. 

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