Rail Europe: Sections of the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

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On the following sections, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland merges the most scenic train rides into one breathtaking route. Year-round, this train journey of 1,280 kilometres leads from the most charming Swiss cities to Alpine hotspots, through UNESCO World Heritage Sites and past word-famous sights and landmarks.

Zürich – Luzern – Interlaken

From lake to lake, from city to city.

On the ride from the urban centre of Switzerland to Lucerne, a gentler mountain- and hillscape dominates the scenery, with sparkling lakes in between. At Lucerne, guest change to the Luzern–Interlaken-Express. The ride on this Premium panoramic train connects two world-famous destinations. Time flies faster than one would wish – due to mountain scenery, turquoise lakes and numerous waterfalls.


  • Scenic ride: Luzern–Interlaken Express
  • Top sight: Jungfrau Region
  • Mountain excursions: Brienzer Rothorn, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Harder Kulm, Schynige Platte, Grindelwald First
  • Zurich: The cosmopolitan city at the shores of Lake Zurich – creative urban life combined with nature in all its glory.
  • InterlakenStarting point for many activities and adventures – surrounded by a gorgeous mountain scenery.

Interlaken – Zweisimmen – Montreux

A panoramic ride between two worlds.

Starting from Interlaken, guests first glide along Lake Thun and then through the Simmen Valley to Zweisimmen. Here, the GoldenPass Panoramic takes over. It runs past magnificent castles as well as peacefully grazing cattle and finally passes the German-French language border. On the last leg, it winds down through the hills – and with the arrival at Montreux visitors become engrossed in the Mediterranean flair of the region.