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The Best Switzerland Scenic Train Journeys

Topic Switzerland Scenic Train Journeys
Read Time 10 Minutes
Author Paul Tavener, Owner Marvellous Escapes


Exploring Switzerland by train is an undeniably remarkable experience. With fantastic views of the Swiss valleys, majestic waterfalls and mountain peaks throughout your journey, the result is a non-stop mystical adventure into a land where the boundary between reality and fantasy begins to blur. As one of the most popular rail destinations in all of Europe, Switzerland has loads to offer travellers looking for a luxurious rail holiday. 

If you’re trying to figure out which of the many rail journeys throughout Switzerland is right for you, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll be unveiling our favourite Switzerland scenic train routes and how you can secure your place on some of the most immersive train journeys across the country.



One of the most scenic trains in Switzerland, as well as a globally famous rail journey, it is no wonder The Glacier Express holds a spot on most rail route bucket lists. Connecting Zermatt to St Moritz, travellers venture through glaciers, snow-capped mountains and picturesque valleys, all of which can be seen clearly through the panoramic windows built into the train. 

Whilst it might have ‘express’ in the name, this train is by no means a quick route. This particular Switzerland scenic train journey lasts around 8 hours, giving you ample time to soak up the views and fully immerse yourself in the immeasurable beauty of the Swiss Alps. 

To make your rail holiday even more special on The Glacier Express, you can upgrade to excellence class. With an added fee, travellers can enjoy exclusive access to the Glacier Bar and an upgraded 5-course dining experience with fine wines, champagne, tea, coffee and soft drinks all included. What better way to enjoy a big celebration than by travelling in style!


There are precious few locations in the world that can claim to combine rail travel with views of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Whisking travellers from Chur to Tirano, the Bernina Express allows you to soak up the beauty of both Switzerland and Northern Italy on its 4-hour journey between the two. 

As one of the most scenic trains in Switzerland, you get to witness a variety of unique landscapes such as the Landwasser Viadukt, a beautifully curved 6-arched bridge with colossal stone pillars, the Montebello curve with views of the Bernina massif, majestic lakes such as Lake Como, Lago di Poschiavo (Lake of Poschiavo) and Lago Bianco (White Lake) and everything in between! Another wonderous feature of this luxurious rail journey is its high altitude views as it climbs to the top of Ospizio Bernina, the highest point on the Rhaetian Railway at 2,253 metres tall!

To ride this incredible train on your next holiday, see our latest tours aboard The Bernina Express


For those seeking a Switzerland scenic train journey that is both diverse and luxurious, the GoldenPass Line might be the route for you! The line travels through some of Switzerland’s most iconic highlights, including vast valleys, wine estates, snow-covered mountains, large lakes, and charming Swiss villages - on board, you can fully embrace the beauty of Switzerland from the panoramic windows aboard this majestic train.

The GoldenPass Line is a mesh of different lines coming together to create a magical rail journey from Lucerne all the way to Lake Geneva in Montreux. In the past, passengers would have had to change trains multiple times to take this particular route. But do not fret! Now it has been reduced down to just one change in Interlaken, allowing you to sit back and truly relax as you embark on this spectacular rail trip! 


The Jungfrau Railway is a gorgeous train journey in Switzerland, reaching a whole new level on Switzerland’s rail journeys - literally! It currently holds the record for the highest railway station in Europe (and one of the highest in the world) reaching a remarkable maximum altitude of 3,453 metres above sea level. 

The journey takes travellers up and over the Jungfrau mountain which sits right in the middle of the peaks of the Monch and Eiger Mountains, of which passengers will get spectacular views from the train. Atop the mountain, guests are often lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Black Forest of Germany and France in the distance. There is also an ice sculpture gallery and a cosy chocolate shop where you can indulge in some famous Swiss chocolate. 

We offer plenty of tours that include this Switzerland scenic train journey on the itinerary. Be sure to secure your place by contacting our rail experts today to avoid missing out!


These scenic trains in Switzerland offer a wonderful opportunity to witness the country's natural beauty all from the comfort and luxury of your train seat. Whether you're looking for a romantic escape for two or a fun getaway for a big family celebration, our team at Marvellous Escapes can help you plan the rail holiday of your dreams. 

For tailor-made and luxurious Switzerland scenic train tours, look no further! We’ll ensure you have the ultimate experience whilst travelling with us, securing the best deals and upgrades throughout your rail journey.

Start booking your scenic rail holiday to Switzerland with our team today!



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