Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

Looking for itinerary ideas? Our Grand Train Tour of Switzerland offers four suggested itineraries to consider while planning your journey with the Swiss Travel Pass.

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With routes that traverse the entire country, a Swiss journey by rail is an invitation to relax, enjoy and really take in all the splendors of Switzerland. You don’t have to worry about high gas prices, getting lost or keeping your eyes on the road instead of the scenery. All you need to do is enjoy. No matter where your interests lie, we have created four suggested Grand Train Tours of Switzerland: three discerning itineraries of 4-days each; one immersive adventure lasting a full 8 days and one spectacular 8 day, 7 night train and hotel package covering the most beautiful scenic trains in Switzerland.
Regardless of the itinerary you choose to follow, you’re probably going to find a Swiss Travel Pass to be your perfect all-in-one option. It, too, is available for different durations, including 4-and-8-day passes that are ideal complements to the suggested itineraries, covering all the travel you’ll do. Advance seat reservations are always a good idea on our most popular panoramic trains. And of course, you’re free to customize any itinerary to be as short or long as you like. These itineraries are really just a framework upon which to build your dreams.

We hope you’ll enjoy thinking about the following Swiss journeys. However, nothing will compare to actually taking one.

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland > Itinerary 1

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  • Day 1: Lucerne–Interlaken–Montreux
  • Day 2: Montreux–Martigny–Zermatt
  • Day 3: Zermatt–St Moritz
  • Day 4: St Moritz–Lugano–Lucerne

This 4-day itinerary covers some of Switzerland’s most popular destinations, taking travelers from beautiful lakeside cities in central Switzerland, past the Alps, to the tropical south of Switzerland bordering the Mediterranean. It’s as if in four days, you travel the world.


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  • Day 1: Zurich–Schaffhausen–St Gallen–Lucerne
  • Day 2: Lucerne–Interlaken
  • Day 3: Interlaken–Montreux–Martigny–Zermatt
  • Day 4: Zermatt–Chur–Zurich

This incredible Grand Train Tour spends 4 days taking you around the North, South, and Western side of Switzerland. You’ll go from some of the quaintest regions to the most cosmopolitan and current. Though wherever you go, you will find spectacular beauty, pristine environments, and charming, welcoming locals.


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  • Day 1: Lugano–Lucerne–Zurich
  • Day 2: Zurich–Schaffhausen–St Gallen–Lucerne
  • Day 3: Lucerne–Interlaken–Montreux
  • Day 4: Montreux–Brig–Domodossola–Lugano

This glorious 4-day itinerary covers much of Switzerland’s most visited sights, combining the greatest metropolitan regions with the most magnificent of Alpine vistas. A magical blend of art, history and incomparable natural beauty, all outside your window.


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  • Day 1: Zurich–Schaffhausen–St Gallen
  • Day 2: St Gallen–Lucerne
  • Day 3: Lucerne–Interlaken–Montreux
  • Day 4: Montreux–Martigny–Zermatt
  • Day 5: Zermatt–St Moritz
  • Day 6: St Moritz–Lugano
  • Day 7: Lugano–Lucerne
  • Day 8: Lucerne–Zurich

If ever there was a country worthy of an extended trip, it’s Switzerland. This robust 8-day itinerary lets you really enjoy the diversity of the Swiss landscape, the cool splendor of its majestic Alps, and the warmth of its people.


Excursion tips

We have selected some exciting and not-to-be-missed places for you. You can combine your Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with the selected excursions below.

Grand Train Tour route: Zurich–Schaffhausen–St Gallen
* Excursion tip: Mount Säntis
Located in the northeast of Switzerland, Mount Säntis offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Alpine region. The Säntis can be seen from kilometres away and stands as the most imposing landmark of the Lake Constance region.

Grand Train Tour route: St Gallen–Lucerne
* Excursion tip: Titlis.
The Titlis (the only glacier in Central Switzerland) provides panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped summits and unspoilt Alpine landscape. The trip to the top is by the Titlis Rotair – the world’s first revolving cable car.

Grand Train Tour route: Lucerne–Interlaken–Zweisimmen–Montreux
* Excursion tip: Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe.
The highest-altitude railway station in Europe is located at 3454 metres, amid a high-Alpine wonderworld of sparkling snow and ice extends as far as the eye can see.

Grand Train Tour route: Montreux–Visp–Zermatt
* Excursion tip: Gornergrat (Zermatt).
For the finest views of the mighty Matterhorn, take the trip by cogwheel railway from Zermatt to the Gornergrat. The observation platform located at 3131 metres offers a spectacular vista.

Grand Train Tour route: Zermatt–St Moritz
* Excursion tip: Matterhorn glacier paradise
Don’t miss the chance to visit Europe’s highest viewing platform. From up there, you will even be able to see the famous Mont Blanc. So hop on the cableway and enjoy your ride to the summit of the glacier.

Grand Train Tour route: St Moritz-Tirano
* Excursion tip: Lugano
Located in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region, Lugano has a perfect mix of is Swiss and Mediterranean cultures. Discover is beautiful lakefront and relax at a table in onf of the city’s squares.

Grand Train Tour route: Lugano–Bellinzona–Fluëlen–Lucerne
* Excursion tip: Mount Pilatus
Discover one of Switzerland’s most popular excursion point and viewing platform. Grab the chance to ride on-board the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The Mount Pilatus is not to be missed!

Grand Train Tour route: Lucerne–Zurich
* Excursion tip: Mount Rigi
Famed for being a typical hiking mountain, Mount Rigi is located between the three lakes of Lucerne, Zug and Lauerz. Rigi is also famed for its wonderful sunrises. While you are there, try the new Rigi-Kaltbad mineral baths for spa treatments amid the legendary rocks and stones.