The Ultimate Grand Train Tour Of Switzerland : Itineraries & Dates

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Itineraries and Departure Dates

Departure Dates:

  • Departs *daily between 01 Apr – 13 Oct, 2019. Departs daily. Travel must be completed by 13th Oct, 2019. 

*The Gotthard Panorama Express operates Tuesday - Sunday from 19 Apr - 20 Oct, 2019. The Gotthard Panorama Express does not operate on Mondays due to train maintenance. Alternate transport can be taken when the Gotthard Panorama Express isn't operating.


  • This itinerary can be done in the reverse direction and additional nights can added, otherwise no amendments can be made.
  • We recommend adding additional nights to the itinerary if you wish to have more free time to explore a destination.
Day 1
Travel from any Swiss Airport or border town to Basel

Individual arrival into Basel. Your Swiss Transfer ticket is not yet valid. Overnight in Basel at the Der Teufelhof Basel hotel. Pick up your welcome pack upon check-in. 

A warm welcome to this unique hotel and cultural venue, where restaurants, hotels, theatre and art offer a unique combination all under one roof. The venue is located in Basel's historic centre, in two integrated, historic townhouses from the 18th century. As a popular meeting place, the house links history and tradition with an artistically inspiring, modern and thus urban setting.

The rooms in the Art Hotel are all liveable works of art and redesigned at regular intervals. Guests live in a work of art instead of just viewing art in their rooms the usual way.

Fancy a relaxing stroll around Basel? Head to KURZ and utilise your 10% discount voucher on one of the many items KURZ has to offer. Step into one of their boutiques and all Rail Europe customers will receive a small gift just for presenting your voucher.

Overnight in Basel.

Day 2
Day at Leisure in Basel

Explore the beautiful old town, visit Basel Zoo or go on a boat tour to the famous "Dreiandereck" (border triangle). If you fancy archaeological finds, a visit to the Roman excavation site August Raurica is a must.

Use your personal Basel Card that includes free use of public transport around Basel, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theatre Basel and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Discover Switzerland's capital of culture. With its multicultural diversity and passion for life, this bastion of art and architecture is sure to captivate you. The Basel Card will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.

Overnight in Basel.
Day 3
Basel - Interlaken

Today, board your train using your Swiss Transfer Ticket – to Interlaken. The destination is between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and in the heart of the magnificent Jungfrau Region.

Seat reservations are not required with an average of over 50 trains departing a day. 

Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 4
Visit Jungfraujoch – The Top of Europe

A visit to the world famous Jungfraujoch -- top of Europe: a sparkling snow and ice wonderland accessed through the highest altitude railway station in Europe.

Timetable tips!

  • The first train to Jungfraujoch leaves Interlaken at 6:35am. Trains then run hourly, at 5 minutes past the hour. The last train leaves from the Jungfraujoch at 16:40. The journey from Interlaken Ost takes 2.5 hours each way, a total of 5 hours return.

Seat reservations are not required.

Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 5
Interlaken - Montreux

Train ride to Zweisimmen. Change to the GoldenPass Panoramic train for this memorable trip to Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. You find yourself among alpine forests, bubbling mountain springs and picturesque mountain villages.

Timetable tips!

  • The train from Interlaken to Montreux takes just over 3 hours via Zweisimmen. Take the 11am service to arrive into Montreux at 2:13pm.

Seat reservations are included for GoldenPassLine (except VIP seats from Zweisimmen to Montreux which we are unable to confirm).

Overnight in Montreux.

Day 6
Montreux - Zermatt

Today you board the train from Montreux to Zermatt, the marvellous and famous car-free alpine resort at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Timetable tips!

  • The train from Montreux - Martigny takes 30-34 minutes on an Interregio train. There are 2 departures an hour from 6:05am til midnight.
  • The journey from Martigny - Zermatt, via Visp, takes around 2hrs with 2 departures an hour until 9:40pm.

Seat reservations are not required for any of these trains.

Day 7 
Day at leisure in Zermatt

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Zermatt.

Optional excursion (not included in the cost of your package) by cogwheel railway up to the Gornergrat where you will have a superb panoramic view of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and other snow-capped peaks rising to above 4000m/13,000 ft. or experience the peak of sporting adventures in the Matterhorn glacier paradise.

Spend the night having dinner in Zermatt and taking in the sights of this magical alpine resort.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 8
Zermatt – St Moritz on the Glacier Express

Today you board the Glacier Express which is one of the greatest train journeys in the world. You travel from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Travel in comfort through the unspoiled natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient, fragrant mountain forests, peaceful Alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and mountain valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries-old culture.

Timetable tips!

  • Travel duration on the Glacier Express is around 8 hours
  • Depart from Zermatt at 08.52am for an arrival into St. Moritz at 16.50pm (summer times/subject to change).

Seat reservations are compulsory for the Glacier Express and included in the cost of your package.

Overnight in St. Moritz.
Day 9
Day at leisure in St Moritz

Day at leisure. We recommend a visit to Mt. Diavoleza. There you can enjoy a fabulous glacier hike against the fabulous backdrop of the Bernina massif and the Piz Palü.

Overnight in St. Moritz.

Day 10
St. Moritz - Lugano via the Bernina Express

Today you travel with the Bernina Express of the Rhaetian Railway along the UNESCO World Heritage route. Enjoy an Alpine switchback ride, taking you from the high, towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy; the Bernina Express is the highest railway line across the Alps, linking Northern and Southern Europe – and in the most spectacular way!

Two routes lead to Lugano in Switzerland's sunny south. In summer, choose the Bernina Express train to Tirano (Italy), then bus to Lugano.

Timetable tips!

  • Travel duration 8 hours in Summer (bus only runs in Summer)
    St. Moritz-Tirano (by train, travel time 2.30 h)
    Tirano-Lugano (by bus, travel time 3.19 h)

Seat reservations are compulsory on the Bernina Express and included in the cost of your package.

 Overnight in Lugano.

Day 11
Travel from Lugano - Lucerne

Board the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lugano to Flüelen and travel along the Gotthard mountain panorama route followed by a lake cruise to Lucerne.

Few things will take your breath away like the Gotthard Panorama Express. Combining rail and waterway travel, this 5-hour trip starts with scenic rail before connecting to a spectacular 2.5-hour Lake Lucerne steamer boat ride.

Timetable tips!

  • Travel duration on the Gotthard Panorama Express (incl. change of trains): 5.13 hr Lugano-Flüelen (by train, travel time 2.11 h change trains in Bellinzona) OR
    Locarno-Flüelen (by train, travel time 1.59h )
    Flüelen-Lucerne (by boat, travel time 1.59 h)

Seat reservations are compulsory for the Gotthard Panorama Express

Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 12

Day at leisure in Lucerne

Day at leisure in Lucerne.

We recommend an optional excursion to the following mountain tops: Mount Pilatus – the golden round trip or Mount Rigi – Queen of the Mountains or Mount Titlis – Titlis Rotair.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 13

End of tour

Return to any Swiss border or airport, or continue your stay in Switzerland at your own leisure.