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A guide to Swiss Tourist and Mountain Railways

All you need to know about Swiss Mountain rack railways inc RHB, ZB, Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, using rail passes on Tourist Trains.

Private Scenic Railways in Switzerland

Taking a train ride on a spectacular Swiss Tourist/Mountain Railway is one of the more accessible of those '100 Things You Must Do...'

experiences.
All of the companies listed below offer opportunities for travel with a wow factor, but the fact that so many different

companies operate the trains and that there are so many options to choose can seem bewildering - hence our guide below.

The key information worth knowing is:

  • The 'Trains' we've highlighted below are special because they travel over multiple routes (often including those operated by different operators) so travel comparatively long distances and save the need to change trains. They also have

    special windows which enhance the views


  • Each company sets its own ticket prices, but when two lines are joined together its usually possible to book through tickets for your journey

  • Some lines are in effect branch lines, they travel to to/from a mountain summit from a station. These lines include; AB; BAM, CGB, MVR,

    NStCM; PB, RB, SOB and TPC.


  • Other lines link multiple towns/cities and provide useful (but spectacular) links between different regions of Switzerland. These inlude; F.A.R.T; MGB; MOB; Rhb, TMR and ZB

  • There is a network of linked lines accessible from Interlaken, they are the: BOB; BLM; JB; SPB and WAB

  • Brig, Chur, Interaken, Lucerne, Montreux and Martigny have particularly good access to the tourist/mountain railways, so can be ideal basses for exploring these railways.

  • To help make sense of what line goes where we've included on the Tourist Lines on our rail map of Switzerland HERE
    The colour coding for each route shows whether InterRail, Eurail or Swiss Passes can be used for 'free' travel.

  • Ticket prices can seem expensive, but Swiss Pass, Eurail and InterRail holders can often travel for free or at a discount - details included within each line's summary.

THE BERNINA EXPRESS

Bernina Express Website

Trains composed entirely of special observation cars, for enhanced views; that are operated by Rhb (click the link further down the page) between the Italian border town of Tirano and Chur, Davos and St Moritz.
The trains also have on board commentary pointing out the tourist

sights.
These RhB lines The Albula Route and The

Bernina Route are amongst the most spectacular in Switzerland, and both routes are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Seats must be reserved in advance on Bernina Express trains

and RhB ticket holders have to pay a supplement in comparison to the ordinary RhB trains that use the same routes.
Rail passes users can also pay this supplement to tavel by the 'Bernina Express'.

The more frequent ordinary Rhb trains operate over the same lines, but don’t have observation cars though observation cars are attached to the majority of trains on the 'Albula' Route between Chur and

St Moritz in the winter months. .
'Bernina Express' trains do not operate between Chur and St Moritz.

Bernina Express trains depart from Tirano at:

  • 08:34 to St Moritz (daily May 12th – Oct 21st)
  • 08:50 to St Moritz - not Mondays (to May 11th and from Oct 23rd – Dec 8th)
  • 10:03* to St Moritz (daily May 12th – Oct 21st)
  • 14:04** to Chur (does not call at St Moritz) (Saturdays and Sundays only to May 6th and from Oct 27th – Dec 8th, daily from May 14th to Oct

    23rd)

  • 14:22** to St Moritz and Davos (daily from May 12th to Oct 21st)
  • 14:33** to Chur (does not call at St Moritz) (Mondays to Fridays only to May 11th and from Oct 22nd to Dec 7th)
  • *= connecting train departs from Milan (Centrale) at 06:20
  • ** = connecting train departs from Milan (Centrale) at 10:20

Bernina Express trains to Tirano depart from:

  • Chur at 08:32* (May 12th – Oct 21st)
  • Chur at 08:58** (Mondays to Fridays only to May 11th and from Oct 22nd to Dec 7th)
  • Chur at 09:31*** (Saturdays and Sundays only to May 6th and from Oct 27th – Dec 8th)
  • Davos at 08:12 (daily from May 12th to Oct 21st)
  • St Moritz at 09:29 (daily May 12th – Oct 21st)
  • St Moritz at 11:22 (daily May 12th – Oct 21st))
  • St Moritz at 14:45 not Mondays (to May 11th and from Oct 23rd – Dec 8th)
  • St Moritz at 15:22 (daily May 12th – Oct 21st)
  • *= connecting train departs from Zurich at 07:07
  • ** = connecting train departs from Basel at 06:33 and Zurich at 07:37
  • *** = connecting train departs from Zurich at 08:07

THE GLACIER EXPRESS

The truly spectacular Glacier Express trains (see the video at the top of the page) operate in both directions between Zermatt and St Moritz via Brig, Andermatt, Disentis and Chur, over lines operated by both MGB and Rhb.

The carriages on the trains have special windows to maximise the spectacular views.

Special fares are payable on Glacier Express trains and rail

passes are not valid. Tickets for the train include the reservation surcharge - which is cheaper in winter compared to the summer.

The summer timetable

operates from May 12th to Oct 28th in 2012, while the winter timetable operates until May 11th and will resume again in early Dec (the Glacier Express does not operate in

November).

On trains departing from Zermatt and Brig the first station that passengers can leave the train (book tickets for) is Disentis. It is therefore not

possible to travel by Glacier Express solely for journeys on the MGB lines between Zermatt and Andermatt.

On trains departing from St Moritz/Davos, the first station that passengers can leave the train is Oberwald. It is therefore not possible to travel

by Glacier Express solely for journeys on the RhB line from St Moritz to Disentis.

Quality meals are served from the restaurant car on the trains to passenger’s seats in both 1st and 2nd class, but meals are only served to

passengers who have requested meals prior to boarding. When you have booked your tickets to travel on the train call Railgourmino on 00 33 81 300 15 15 (from

outside Switzerland) and 081 300 15 15 (from within Switzerland).
A snack bar is available to passengers who do not want a hot meal or have not reserved prior to boarding.
Hot meals are

not automatically served to all passengers and the standard ticket prices do not include the price of a hot meal.

SBB trains from Basel and Zurich operate to Chur and Brig is served by trains from many Swiss cities including Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and

Zurich. EC* trains also provide a direct service between Brig and Milan.

Winter Service until May 14th 2012
West to East

  • Departs from Brig at 10:18, arrives Chur at 14:35
  • Departs from Zermatt at 09:52 and Brig at 11:18, arrives Chur at 15:35, Filisur (connections for Davos) at 17:01, Samedan (connections to Scuol

    -Tarasp) at 17:46 and St Moritz at 17:58

East to West

  • Departs from Chur at 10:15, arrives Brig at 14:40
  • Departs from St Moritz at 09:02, Samedan at 09:17, Filisur at 10:01 and Chur at 11:15, arrives Brig at 15:40 and Zermatt at 17:00

Summer service May 12th to October 24th 2012
West to East

  • Departs from Zermatt at 08:52 and Brig at 10:18; arrives Chur at 14:47 and Davos at 16:48 (operates May 26th to Sep 23rd only)
  • Departs from Zermatt at 09:13 and Brig at 10:37; arrives Chur at 14:47, Filisur at 16:01, Samedan at 16:46 and St Moritz at 16:58 operates May

    26th to Sep 23rd only)

  • Departs from Zermatt at 09:52 and Brig at 11:18; arrives Chur at 15:45, Samedan at 17:59 and St Moritz at 18:10 (operates May 12th to Oct 14th

    only)

  • Departs from Zermatt at 09:59 and Brig at 11:37, arrives Chur at 15:45, Samedan at 17:59 and St Moritz at 18:10

East to West

  • Departs from St Moritz at 09:15, Samedan at 09:27 and Chur at 11:27, arrives Brig at 15:40 and Zermatt at 17:00
  • Departs from St Moritz at 09:15, Samedan at 09:27 and Chur at 11:27 arrives Brig at 15:59 and Zermatt at 17:31 (operates May 12th to Oct 14th

    only)

  • Departs from St Moritz at 10:02, Samedan at 10:17, Filisur at 11:01 and Chur at 12:27 arrives, Brig at 16:40 and Zermatt at 18:00 (operates May 26th to Sep 23rd only)
  • Departs from Davos at 10:41 and Chur at 12:27; arrives Brig at 16:40 and Zermatt at 18:32 (operates May 26th to Sep 23rd only)

It is possible to travel the length of the route between Zermatt and St Moritz in either direction by day without taking The Glacier Express

trains, but passengers have to change trains in Brig, Andermatt, Disentis and Chur.

THE WILLIAM TELL EXPRESS

The WILLIAM TELL EXPRESS is a special service by boat steamer from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Fluelen where passengers board observation cars for onward travel by train

to Locarno via Bellinzona (from where connections are available to Lugano). The observation cars are attached to ordinary scheduled trains between Basel or

Zurich and Locarno, but are only available to Wilhelm Tell ticket holders.
It’s possible to experience the rail part of the Wilhelm Tell Express journey

without purchasing special Wilhelm Tell tickets, as hourly trains operate in both directions between Fluelen and Locarno.
Inter Rail passes are not valid on the Wilhelm Tell Express, Eurail and Swiss Passes are valid on payment of a supplement, 1st class pass holders

have to pay the more expensive supplement that includes a three course meal in the restaurant on the boat.

GOLDEN PASS Trains

Trains branded 'Golden Pass’, which provide travellers with enhanced views in comparison to ordinary trains. operate on three different spectacular railway lines in Switzerland;
(1) the MOB route between Montreux and Zweisimmen;
(2) the ZB* route between Interlaken and Lucerne; and
(3) the BLS route between Zweisimmen and Interlaken.

It is therefore possible to travel between Lucerne and Montreux by 'Golden Pass trains', by making two comparatively simple connections at both Zweisimmen and Interlaken Ost stations.

Alternatively you can make return day trips by Golden Pass trains on any of the three lines that operate them.

*ZB has seemingly stopped using the Golden Pass branding on its trains, the trains on its 'Golden Pass' route between Lucerne/Luzern and Interlaken are now branded 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'

Travelling between Montreux and Lucerne by Golden Pass Trains

If you want to travel FROM Montreux TO Lucerne by Golden Pass trains you need to take either:

  • (1) the 09:45 train from Montreux to Zweisimmen; then
    (2) the 11:38 train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken Ost and
    (3) the 15:04 train from Interlaken Ost to Lucerne arriving in Lucerne at 17:04
    OR
  • (1) the 13:45 train from Montreux to Zweisimmen; then
    (2) the 15:38 train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken Ost and
    (3) the 17:04 train from Interlaken Ost to Lucerne arriving in Lucerne at 19:04
    the 13:45 train from Montreux is a rather fabulous 'Golden Pass Classic' train that is a replica of the original trains that were used on the line - a mini 'Orient Express' and highly recommended!

If you want to travel FROM Lucerne TO Montreux by Golden Pass trains you need to travel by
(1) the 10:55 train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost; then
(2) the 13:08 train from Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen and then
(3) the 14:25 train from Zweisimmen to Montreux that arrives in Montreux at 16:12.

Holders of 1st and 2nd class Eurail, InterRail and Swiss Passes can travel on all of these Golden Pass trains without paying any supplements .
If you don't hold a rail pass you will need to purchase three separate tickets for each of the trains on the route (in either direction) between Montreux and Lucerne.

These specific Golden Pass trains listed above are also frequently used by organised tours of Switzerland, which often block book many of the seats on the trains, particularly in 1st class.
Therefore although reservations aren't compulsory on any Golden Pass trains they are recommended in the summer months on the MOB and ZB Golden Pass trains, particularly for holders of 1st class rail passes.
You can find out how to make reservations for each of the trains on the information listed for each company below.

MOB Golden Pass trains between Montreux and Zweisimmen

On the MOB line between Montreux and Zweisimmen there are three different types of Golden Pass trains;
(1) 'Golden Pass Classic' - which are replicas of the trains that were originally used on the line - and have an air of luxury.
These trains have a bistro car and 1st class has an at seat food/drink service on request.
(2) 'Golden Pass Panoramic' which have larger windows for enhanced views in both 1st and 2nd class.
(3) Standard trains - best avoided if you want to enhance a 'once in a lifetime experience!

'Golden Pass Classic' trains depart from Montreux at:

  • 08:44 from Montreux to Zweisimmen (this train returns from Zweisimmen at 11:05, arriving back in Montreux at 13:13)

  • 13:45 from Montreux to Zweisimmen (this train returns from Zweisimmen at 16:25, arriving back in Montreux at 18:12)

  • 11:05 from Zweisimmen to Montreux (this train returns from Montreux at 13:45, arriving back in Zweisimmen at 15:32)

  • 16:25 from Zweisimmen to Montreux (to return to Zweisimmen take the ordinary MOB train that departs Montreux at 18:44. arriving back in Zweisimmen at 20:44)

'Golden Pass Panoramic' trains depart from:
Montreux at 07:45: 09:45*; 11:45; 13:45; 14:44; 15:45*
Zweisimmen at 08:25; 10:28; 12:25*; 14:25; 17:05 and 18:25*.

Seats can be reserved at stations and on the Golden Pass

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Trains marked* also

carry VIP

cars attached to the end of the train for the ultimate views.
Seats in these VIP cars have to be reserved in advance and are more expensive than ordinary

MOB tickets.
VIP tickets are not available to rail pass holders.
If you want to make a return day trip from Montreux in the VIP cars you can take either of the VIP trains from Montreux at 09:45 or 15:45.

ZB Golden Pass trains between Lucerne and Interlaken

This journey is still considered to be a 'Golden Pass' route, but the operator ZB no longer uses 'Golden Pass' branding on its trains or timetables.
Direct trains in both directions operating along the entire length of the route between Lucerne/Luzern and Interlaken are now branded 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'

Some of the 'Luzern-Interlaken Express trains are Panoramic' trains, which have special windows for enhanced views.

These 'Panoramic' trains also have a restaurant car available, ordinary ZB trains have no refreshment facilities.

The journey time in both directions between Lucerne and Interlaken Ost is two hours.
'Panoramic' trains depart Lucerne for Interlaken Ost at - 07:55; 09:55; 12:55: 14:55 and 17:55 (all but the 17:55 train allow for a convenient return from Interlaken back to Lucerne by 'Panoramic' train)
'Panoramic' trains depart Interlaken Ost for Lucerne - at 07:04; 10:04; 12:04; 15:04 and 17:04 (all but the 17:04 train allow for a convenient return back from Lucerne to Interlaken by 'Panoramic' train).
Departures from Interlaken are by trains branded 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'.

The trains from Lucerne tend to be at Interlaken Ost station for no more than 10 mins before returning back to Lucerne, so if all you want to do is to experience the ride on the ZB line, you can simply remain on the train at Interlaken Ost - though cross to the other side of the train to see alternative views on your return journey.

At Lucerne the trains spend 50 mins in the station, so we strongly recommend leaving the train and exiting the station to see the views of Lake Luzern that are minutes from the station entrance, even if you want to head straight back to Interlaken by the next 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'.

If you're based in Lucerne and want to see something of Interlaken or have a meal etc before heading back to Lucerne, you can on travel from Interlaken Ost station to Interlaken West station by ordinary train, as the latter is much more convenient for the town centre.

BLS Golden Pass trains between Interlaken and Zweisimmen

BLS operates 'Golden Pass Panoramic' trains, which have special windows for enhanced views, in both directions on the route between Interlaken and Zweisimmen, therefore providing a convenient connections between the MOB and ZB lines and their respective Golden Pass trains.

At Interlaken the Golden Pass trains depart from both Interlaken Ost station (for connections to/from ZB line trains to/from Lucerne and other tourist railways) and Interlaken West station (for the town centre).
Golden Pass trains depart;
from Interlaken Ost at 09:08/13:08 and Interlaken West at 09:10/13:10 for Zweisimmen
from Zweisimmen for Interlaken at 11:38 and 15:38.

The journey time between Interlaken and Zweisimmen is approximately 70 minutes.
It is possible to make a return Golden Pass trip by either train from Interlaken, but only by the 11:38 train from Zweisimmen.

On departure from Interlaken aim to sit on the right of the train as you face in the direction of travel for the best views and from Zweisimmen sit on the left.
The railway route travels along the shore of Lake Thun (Thunsee) and the view over the lake is much more spectacular than that from

the other side of the train.

AB (Appenzaller Bahnen); from Appenzell

A network of lines with services generally at 30 min intervals centred on the resort of Appenzell

with connections to/from the SBB main lines at both Gossau and St Gallen.
(Both Gossau and St Gallen have regular direct trains from/to Zurich,

Zurich Airport and Winterthur – trains from these destinations call at Gossau before St Gallen so change at Gossau for. AB Trains).
Jakobsbad station

on the AB network is adjacent to the Kronbert cable car also operated by AB.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

BAM (Bierre-Apples-Morges); from Morges

Timetable can be downloaded from

href="http://www.mbc.ch/pdf/BAM_general.pdf" target="_blank">here. A line

from the main line

station at Morges (served by local trains between Geneva and Lausanne) operates to the villages of Apples, from where passengers can change trains

to another

BAM line which operates to the village of L’isle-Mont-La-Ville

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

BLM (Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen – Murren)

The line links Lauterbrunnen (on the BOB network) with the popular village of Murren which is inaccessible by road.
Adjacent to Lauterbrunnen BOB station is a cable car

operated by BLM that takes passengers to the BLM station at Grutschalp from where BLM trains operate to Murren.
Tickets between Lauterbrunnen and Murren are

valid on both the cable car and the train.

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - no discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

BOB (Berner Oberland Bahnen); from Interlaken Ost

The operator of the network of lines from Interlaken Ost station

providing an hourly

service throughout the day on

two routes (1) Grindelwald and (2) Lauterbrunnen (for connections by BLM trains on to Murren).

Both routes from Interlaken serve Wilderswill were

travellers can connect to SPB trains (see below) which operate to the alpine meadows at Schiynge Platte.

Travellers from Interlaken OST to Kleine Scheidegg and

Wengen

need to take a BOB train to either Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen and make connections to WB trains. (click the link below)

Travellers between Interlaken and

Europe’s highest station

at Jungfraujoch also need to use BOB trains for the first stage of the journey.

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - no discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

BRB (Brienz – Rothorn Bahn) from Brienz (on the ZB line)

Website

A 7.5km long rack railway operated by steam engines. The full timetable to the summit of the line operates from June 4th to October 23rd only.
Further info including train times is available

href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brienz_Rothorn_Bahn">here.

Brienz BRB station is adjacent to Brienz station on the ZB line between Lucerne

and

Interlaken.

  • Eurail - no discount
  • InterRail - no discount
  • Swiss Pass - 50% discount

CGB 'Gornegrat Bahn' (The Matterhorn Railway) from Zermatt

Website

A spectacular line that operates between Zermatt (see MGB lines) and the highest open air station in Europe at Gornegrat. As its colloquial name implies the line offers spectacular views of

the Matterhorn mountain. CGB tickets are fairly expensive but a 30% discount can be obtained when booking through tickets to Gornegrat at SBB

stations.

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - 50% discount

F.A.R.T. (Ferrovie Autolinee Regional Ticninesi) Locarno - Domodossola

Operates the service, often referred to locally as the Centovalli Express on the spectacular route between the Swiss resort town of Locarno and the Italian border town of Domodossola.
This service therefore provides a useful route linking the southern sections of the Gotthard and Simplon main lines.

Eurail and

Inter Rail Pass holders who wish to make use of the F.A.R.T. trains to travel between Switzerland and Italy, will find that connections are easier when using

the northern part of the Gotthard route between Basel/Zurich and Locarno and the southern section of the Simplon route between Domodossola and Milan.
Rather than

using the northern part of the Simplon route (via Brig) and the southern section of the Gotthard route (via Lugano)

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - 50% discount (can also be used on Italian local trains over the border to the Swiss town of Brig)

JB (Jungfraubahn) to Jungfraujoch

Operates the line from Kleine Scheidegg station on the WB lines to Europe’s highest station, Jungfraujoch

which is within the

summit of the Eiger

mountain.

The line truly is a wonder of the world and intermediate stations inside the mountain have panoramic windows that provide for views normally only available

to mountain climbers.
However, cost per kilometre, this is the most expensive railway journey in Europe.

To access Kleine Scheidegg station from

the valley

floor

at Interlaken, travellers must use both BOB and WB trains.

Further information and through tickets from Interlaken that also includes travel on BOB

and WB trains are available here

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - no discount
  • Swiss Pass - 25% discount

MGB Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn; from Brig

Website

Operates

two routes (1) to

Zermatt and (2) to Andermatt from the MGB station at Brig which is adjacent to the town’s SBB station on the Simplon main line.
Regular trains operate between Brig and many Swiss

cities and towns including Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

At Zermatt, a popular resort town that can only be reached by train, passengers can

connect to

CGB trains (see link above) that provide amazing views of the Matterhorn.

At Andermatt connections (that can involve lengthy waits for trains) are available on to

other MGB trains on routes to both Goschenen, (which has a station on the Gotthard route main line) and Disentis (from where passengers can connect to RHB

trains for

travel to/from Chur).

The Glacier Express uses MGB lines for part of its journey and is the only service that provides direct trains between Zermatt - Brig – Andermatt - Disentis (and to/from Chur), but it is not possible to book Glacier Express tickets for travel solely between MGB stations.

At Realp station (between Brig and Andermat) connections are available with the old Furka cogwheel railway, which operates steam trains between June 25th and October 2nd on the old MGB line between Realp and Furka.

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount for under 26s only
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

MOB (Montreux Oberland Bernois); from Montreux inc GOLDEN PASS trains (and 'The Chocolate Train')

Operates the spectacular route from Montreux to Lenk via Gstaad (which

connects at

Zweisimmen for BLS services

to Spiez, which is on the express train route betweem Berne and Interlaken/Brig).
By connecting at Zweisimmen passengers can therefore travel between Lake Geneva and the Simplon main line.

Certain BLS trains also operate direct between Zweisimmen and Interlaken, where passengers can change for ZB trains to Lucerne.

Not all MOB trains from/to Montreux have good connections at Zweisimmen with these trains to/from Interlaken, but all MOB trains have connections to/from Spiez and making connections at Spiez for trains/to/from Interlaken is straight forward.

Trains with connections at Zweisimmen for these direct trains to Interlaken depart from Montreux at 09;45*; 13:45** and 15:45* (*= 'Golden Pass Panoramic' trains - see below; **= 'Golden Pass Classic' train - see below

Certain services on the route are branded

Golden Pass , but travellers should note that on this line there are two types of Golden Pass trains;
(1) 'Golden Pass Classic' - which are replicas of the original trains on the route - a mini Orient Express
OR
(2) 'Golden Pass Panoramic' which have larger windows for enhanced views in both 1st and 2nd class.
The 'Classic' and Panoramic trains also have on board refreshment facilities which aren't available on ordinary MOB trains

'Golden Pass Classic' trains depart from Montreux at:

  • 08:44 from Montreux to Zweisimmen (this train returns from Zweisimmen at 11:05, arriving back un Montreux at 13:13)
  • 13:45 from Montreux to Zwiesimmen (this train returns from Zweisimmen at 16:25, arriving back in Montreux at 18:12)
  • 11:05 from Zweisimmen to Montreux (this train returns from Montreux at 13:45, arriving back in Zweisimmen at 15:32)
  • 16:25 from Zweisimmen to Montreux (to return to Zweisimmen take the ordinary MOB train that departs Montreux at 18:44. arriving back in Zweisimmen at 20:44)

'Golden Pass Panoramic' trains depart from:
Montreux at 07:45: 09:45*; 11:45; 13:45; 14:44; 15:45*
Zweisimmen at 08:25; 10:28; 12:25*; 14:25; 17:05 and 18:25*.

Seats can be reserved at stations and on the Golden Pass

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Trains marked* also

carry VIP

cars attached to the end of the train for the ultimate views.
Seats in these VIP cars have to be reserved in advance and are more expensive than ordinary

MOB tickets.
VIP tickets are not available to rail pass holders.
If you want to make a return day trip from Montreux in the VIP cars you can take either of the VIP trains from Montreux at 09:45 or 15:45.

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

The Chocolate Train also uses the MOB line between Montreux and Monbovon. Seats must be reserved in advance of travel on ‘The Chocolate Train’ at Montreux MOB station and rail passes are not

valid on 'The Chocolate Train'

MVR :from Montreux

Operates two separate lines
(1) the Chemin de fer Montreux-Glion-Rochers-De-Naye from Montreux to

the high mountain

pastures at Rochers-De

-Naye. Trains depart from the SBB station in Montreux and provide great views over Lake Geneva.
(2) ‘The Star Train’ which links Vevey SBB station with the

sports resort of Les Pleiades, 1000 metres above Lake Geneva.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - 50% discount

NStCM (Chemin de fer Nyon-St Cerque-Morez); from Nyon

Operates the line between Nyon station on the main line between

Geneva and Lausanne

and the popular

winter sports resort at St Cerque.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

PB 'Pilatus Bahn'; from Alpnachstad (on the ZB line)

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The world’s steepest cogwheel railway operates

from mid-May to mid-

November, timetable here between Alpnachstad station on the ZB line (see

below)

between Interlaken and Lucerne and the spectacular summit station on Mount Pilatus.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - 50% discount

RA (Region Alps); from Martigny

Operates the line between Martigny (served by direct SBB trains from Brig, Geneva,

Lausanne, Montreux and

Sion) and Le Chable

from where buses and cable cars operate to the popular ski resort of Verbier.
At Sembrancher station passengers can change for the branch line to Orsiéres, from

where bus links operate through the Grand St Bernard tunnel which links Switzerland and Italy.

To travel between Martigny and the Italian town of Aosta

(which has infrequent trains to Chivasso, located on the rail line between Milan and Turin) passengers should take buses from Martigny station at 08:25 or

16:55, in the

opposite direction buses depart from outside Aosta station at 08:00 and 16:25.
Trains on the line to Orsiéres are occasionally referred to as the ‘Saint

Bernard Express’.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

RB Rigi Bahnen; to Mount Rigi

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Operates two spectacular routes to the station at the summit of Mount Rigi.
One route begins at Vitznau on Lake Lucerne and the other commences at the RB station at Arth-Goldau.

trains at Rigi-Kulm station
At the summit of the Rigi-Bhanen (RB) lines at Rigi-Kulm station it's possible to connect between the two routes on the RB network:
(1) the red trains that travel to/from Vitznau (for connection to/from the Lake Lucerne boats); and
(2) the blue trains that travel to/from Arth-Goldau - where it's only a 5 min walk to the mainline station that has direct trains to/from Basel, Zurich, Lugano, Locarno and Milan.

Occasional RB trains between Vitznau and the summit are powered by steam locomotives.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

Rhb 'Rhatische Bahn' (The Rhaetian Railway); Chur/St Moritz/Landquart/Davos/Arosa/Tirano

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This is the company that operates multiple narrow gauge routes to

the

south and west of Chur where Rhb and SBB trains share the station. The Rhb routes are as follows:

  • Chur to Disentis - for connections for MGB trains to Andermatt (and Brig/Zermatt), however, many connections aren’t particularly convenient so check locally
  • Chur to St Moritz The Albula Line the spectacular UNESCO world heritage route
  • Chur to Arosa (this popular resort is inaccessible by road)
  • Landquart (SBB station) to Davos via Klosters
  • Landquart(SBB station) to Scuol-Tarasp via Klosters
  • Landquart(SBB station) – Klosters – St Moritz one train in each direction per day branded ‘Engadin Star’, departs from Landquart at 08:20 and

    St

    Moritz at 16:35

  • Dissentis – Chur – Landquart – Klosters- Scuol-Tarasp one train per day branded ‘Aqualino
  • Filisur (connections to/from St Moritz) to Davos
  • Pontresina to Scuol-Tarasp (connects with Chur – St Moritz trains at Samedan and with Klosters – Scuol-Tarasp trains at Saglians)
  • St Moritz to Tirano. The Bernina Line

Tirano also has a separate FS (Italian State Railway) station, this is served by trains to/from Milan. Many of the connections from St Moritz to Milan aren't particularly convenient, Often the train from Milan arrives at the same time that the RhB train is departing!


Buses also link Tirano with the resort town of Lugano on Lake Como.

By changing trains at Samedan, Saglians, Klosters and Landquart it’s possible to travel in a circular route in either direction from Chur in a

single

day.

Travellers between Zurich and Milan can complete the journey via Chur and Tirano in a day by following connections from the 10:37 departure from

Zurich or the 06:20 (and 8:20 May 14 – Oct 23 only) departure from Milan Centrale.

Until March 11th many trains on the Chur to St Moritz route convey observation cars, in addition to the ordinary coaches; seats in

these observation cars must be reserved prior to boarding the train and have a higher fare than standard tickets.

The Glacier Express trains travel over RhB lines, but is not possible to book tickets for travel only between Rhb stations.

Special trains composed entirely of observation cars for enhanced views operate between Chur/Davos/St Moritz and Tirano and are branded ‘Bernina

Express’

(See the link above for more info).

Buses operate between Scuol-Tarasp and Landeck station on the Austrian main line between Bregenz and Innsbruck.

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

Rail passes are not valid on the Glacier Express and also don’t allow for access to The Bernina Express trains, or the observation cars attached to ordinary

trains unless a suppleement is paid.

SOB; Lucerne - Arth-Goldau - Pfaffikon - Rapperswill - St Gallen

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Operates between Arth-Goldau (on the Gotthard Main Line) and Rapperswill, but the majority of the trains on this route extend beyond both ends of

the line to

provide direct trains between Lucerne and St Gallen via Arth-Goldau and Rapperswill.

Therefore SOB trains provide a useful link between Lucerne

and The Gotthard Line and the southern part of Lake Zurich and eastern Switzerland.
SOB trains also connect with the Zurich to Chur main line at Pfaffikon,

so passengers travelling between the RhB and ZB systems can use SOB trains.

Through trains between Lucerne and St Gallen are branded ‘Voralpen Express’

and convey refreshment facilities.

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

SPB 'Schynige Platte Bahn' (from Wilderswill on the BOB line)

Operates the rack railway between Wilderswill and the

famous wildflower gardens at

href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schynige_Platte" target="_blank">Schynige Platte.

SPB trains share the station at Wilderswill with BOB trains and through tickets, valid on both BOB and SPB trains, are available from the BOB ticket office at Interlaken Ost station.

The SPB line provides dramatic views over Lake Luzern and Lake Thun as

well as views of the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains.
For those seeking dramatic views with easy access from Interlaken, the SPB is a cheaper alternative than

the WAB and JB lines, which are also linked to the BOB lines.

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - no discount
  • Swiss Pass - 25% discount

TMR 'Transport de Martigny et Régions'; from Martigny

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Until Sep 1st 2013 it isn't possible to travel by train between Martigny and Chamonix.
Work is ongoing on the TMR section of the route with bus replacing trains for at least part of the journey.
Until Spetember 1st the connecting line between Vallorcine and Chamonix is closed completely and the trains are replaced by buses.

Operates the service from Martigny – which is served by

direct SBB trains from Brig, Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Sion – to the Alpine village of Vallorcine which is just over the French border and located at the foot of Mont

Blanc.

At Le Chaterlard generally good connections are available to/from SNCF trains which link Vallorcine with Chamonix (which has connections to

St

Gervais from where trains depart to Aix Les Bains, Annecy and Chambery and Lyon).
Connections to/from St Gervais need to be planned in advance as St Gervais is served by infrequent trains.

The SNCF line between Vallorcine and Chamonix offers more spectacular views than the TMR line between Martigny and Vallorcine, so it’s

worth the effort to travel the full length of the route.

Through trains operate between Martigny and Chamonix and these are branded Mont Blanc Express,

though

in actuality many passengers on these services still have to transfer between TMR and SNCF trains at Vallorcine.

  • Eurail - free travel on the entire route including the SNCF trains
  • Inter Rail – 50% discount on the TMR trains and free travel on the SNCF trains between Vallorcine and Chamonix
  • Swiss Pass – free travel on TMR trains between Martigny and the Swiss border village, Le Chaterlard

TPC 'Transport Publics du Chablais'; from Aigle

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Operates three routes from Aigle SBB Station - which is served by direct SBB trains from Brig, Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Sion, to the ski

resorts of Champery, Dialbrets and Leysin, plus a line from Bex (which is served by SBB trains to the same destinations as Aigle) and Villars.

  • Eurail - 50% discount
  • InterRail - 50% discount
  • Swiss Pass - free travel

WAB 'Wengernalpbahn'; Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen/Wengen/Kleine Scheidegg

Operates the longest rack railway in the world

from Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg.
Both

Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen stations are served by BOB trains (see link above) to/from Interlaken Ost.

At Kleine Scheidegg station passengers can connect for the JB line to the

world’s highest station at Jungfraujoch.
Further information and through tickets from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch that include the BOB, WAB and JB trains is

available

here

  • Eurail - 25% discount
  • InterRail - not valid
  • Swiss Pass - 25% discount

ZB 'Zentralbahn'; Interlaken - Lucerne (GOLDEN PASS route)

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Operates the spectacular and useful link between Lucerne and Interlaken, which allows for the quickest journeys from eastern Switzerland to

Interlaken.
The stations along the line include Alpnachstad, for connection to the PB line and Brienz where passengers can change for the BRB line.

This journey is still considered to be a 'Golden Pass' route, but the operator ZB no longer uses 'Golden Pass' branding on its trains or timetables.
Direct trains in both directions operating along the entire length of the route between Lucerne/Luzern and Interlaken are now branded 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'

Some of the 'Luzern-Interlaken Express trains are Panoramic' trains, which have special windows for enhanced views.

These 'Panoramic' trains also have a restaurant car available, ordinary ZB trains have no refreshment facilities.

'Panoramic' trains depart Lucerne for Interlaken Ost at - 07:55; 09:55; 12:55: 14:55 and 17:55 (all but the 17:55 train allow for a convenient return from Interlaken back to Lucerne by 'Panoramic' train)
'Panoramic' trains depart Interlaken Ost for Lucerne - at 07:04; 10:04; 12:04; 15:04 and 17:04 (all but the 17:04 train allow for a convenient return back from Lucerne to Interlaken by 'Panoramic' train).
Departures from Interlaken are by trains branded 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'.

Reservations can be made at ZB stations or by calling 00 41 900 300 300 international and 0900 300 300 from

The journey time in both directions between Lucerne and Interlaken Ost is two hours.

  • Eurail - free travel
  • InterRail - free travel
  • Swiss Pass - free travel
  • CROSSING SWITZERLAND

    It’s possible to cross Switzerland in a single day using a combination of SBB and scenic independent lines (it’s best to make the journey in high

    summer

    to make the most of the long days). Eurail and Swiss pass holders can make the complete journey in either direction without purchasing any other ticket

    while InterRail pass holders only have to purchase tickets at 50% discount for the TMR trains.

    From West to East

    • Depart from the Swiss border village of Le Chatelard at 09:30 by TMR train to Martigny Mont Blanc Express train which has departed from

      Chamonix in

      France at 08:43

    • Depart Martigny for Montreux at 10:20 by SBB mainline train
    • Depart Montreux for Zweisimmen at 11:45 by MOB* train
    • Depart Zweisimmen for Interlaken Ost at 13:38 by BLS train
    • Depart Interlaken Ost for Lucerne at 15:04 by ZB* train
    • Depart Lucerne for Pfaffikon at 17:40 by SOB train
    • Depart Pfaffikon for Chur at 19:41 by SBB train
    • Depart Chur for St Moritz at 20:56 by RhB train, arrives St Moritz at 22:59**
    • *= Golden Pass Panoramic trains
    • ** to St Moritz daily until April 9 and from Sept 29th - Dec 8th; between Apr 14th and Sept 23rd operates to Samedan only on Mondays to Fridays and to St

      Moritz at

      weekends only

    From East to West:

    • Depart from St Moritz for Chur at 07:02 by RhB train
    • Depart from Chur for Pfaffikon at 09:16 by EC train (no reservation required)
    • Depart from Pfaffikon for Lucerne at 11:06 by SOB train
    • Depart from Lucerne for Interlaken Ost at 12:55 by ZB train
    • Depart from Interlaken Ost at 15:08 for Zweisimmen by BLS train
    • Depart from Zweisimmen for Montreux at 16:25 by MOB* train
    • Depart from Montreux for Martigny at 18:40 by SBB train
    • Depart from Martigny for Le Chaterlard at 19:22 by TMR train is a ‘Mont Blanc Express departure that arrives at Chamonix at 20:59 *= Golden Pass ‘Classic’ Train