Fifteen Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys

Having been lucky enough to make several visits to Switzerland in order to travel on its beautiful railways, ShowMeTheJourney has produced this list of 15 incredible Swiss train rides.

The Swiss railway network can seem overwhelming because there are dozens of scenic routes to choose from.
Hence the idea to showcase the ultimate routes that SMTJ has taken, so that you can hone in on the best journeys.

All of the images and videos were captured from the trains, so you can trust this guide to showcase the wonderful travel memories which await you.
The weather plays a significant role in how you will experience these journeys, but one key piece of advice plucked from the 10 tips for making the most of Swiss railway journeys is that cloudy days can enhance a Swiss train ride.
Dazzling sunshine can cast shadows across viewpoints and bounce the light around the train windows.

Though being both a railway fan and a landscape fan, some of my personal wow moments are triggered by the incredible feats of engineering - the bridges and tunnels, which have made these journeys possible.
I suspect I'm not alone in this, so whether a railway line includes some remarkable engineering has been factored in to producing this list.
(The SMTJ definition of a 'wow moment' is a fairly brief, but outstanding sight, which suddenly comes into view during a journey).

A journey on a Swiss Mountain Railway can also be enhanced by the type of bird's-eye view stretching off into the distance, similar to the vistas that can usually only be seen if you’ve made the effort to hike up a mountain.
And the greater the number of lovely lakes and rivers which can be seen, the better!

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Click on the names of the railway lines or routes within each route description, to access the practical information which will help with experiencing these journeys.

15: Visp <> Zermatt

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15 Most Beautiful Train Journeys in Switzerland Visp to Zermatt
Yep, a train ride as a fabulous as this is at the base of this ranking of Switzerland’s most stunning railway journeys.

The Mattherhorn-Gotthard Railway is the longest Swiss Mountain Railway line and the more spectacular eastern end of the route is also included on this list - the Glaicer Express is the only direct train service along the entire length of this route.

This Visp <> Zermatt part of the route, at it's western end, follows the River Vispa along the epic valley it has carved through the landscape - and there is a minimum of 1 x train per hour in each direction between these two destinations.
The railway line stays close to the river bank so, it doesn’t ascend up the valley walls to provide exceptionally dramatic views.
The sense of wonder on the train journey between Visp and Zermatt is mainly provided by looking up at the mountain slopes which tower above the train.

The two key wow moments on this route come when it’s possible to look directly out of the window back down the valley - before the station at Stalden (on the left) and when the railway crosses the river between St Niklaus and Herbriggen (on the right).
However because of the valley location, the best of the views can be seen from a backwards facing seat on the journey up from Visp, which made it tricky for SMTJ’s photo skills to capture these scenes on a particularly bright day.
 

When heading to Zermatt, between St Niklaus and Herbriggen also look out on the right for the Tummigbahch Waterfall.


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14: Zurich <> Schaffhausen

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More than 95% of the 40 minute train journey between Zurich and Schaffhausen is very ordinary, with the only highlight of a journey between the outskirts of both cities, being the rather charming crossing of the River Thur.
15 Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys Zurich to Schaffhausen
However, towards journey’s end when heading north from Zurich, look out on the right for one of the most incredible sights that can be seen from a European train, the stunning view of the Rhine Falls!
 


So when setting off from Schaffhausen look out on the left around three minutes into the journey - the video was captured from a train heading south towards Zurich.

This is a contender for the most epic wow moment that can be seen from a Swiss train - and it’s easily experienced if you happen to have a couple of hours to spare when spending time in Zurich - there is a minimum of 1 x train per hour to/from Schaffhausen during the day.
15 Most Beautiful Train Journeys in Switzerland Zurich to Schaffhausen
Though worth knowing is having looked at a map of the area around Schaffhausen, I initially mistakenly assumed that the view of the falls would be best seen from the railway line between Schaffhausen and Winterhur.
After all this route taken by trains on route S24 bridges the Rhine right by the falls.
However, that bridge is just to the north of the falls, so you can’t see them from those trains.

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13: Zurich <> Chur

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SMTJ is going to boldly assume that when most travellers imagine a beautiful Swiss railway journey, what they will have in mind is an image of a train ascending the slopes of a mountain.


But much of Switzerland is so breathtakingly beautiful that you don’t have to seek out its special mountain railways to experience a wonderful journey by train.
This route between Zurich and Chur is the most stunning end-to-end journey taken by regular (1 or 2 x departures per hour) InterCity express trains anywhere in Europe.

It lasts for 1hr 15mins, too short for our Most Epic Journeys list, but aside from the seven minutes of the journey closest to Zurich station, where the railway line is mainly in tunnel, the entire journey is delightful.
For more than 10 minutes the railway line is right by the shore of Lake Zurich,
15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys Zurich to Chur
but the highlight of the journey comes when the train travels as close to the stunning Wallensee.

The top two images are views ove the Zurichsee, but the bottom image and the video showcase the incredible view of the Wallensee, which can be seen from the train on this route - looking left when heading towards Chur and right when travelling to Zurich.
 


These lake views can be viewed when heading away from Zurich and they can also be seen from the trains travelling between Zurich and Austria.


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12: Thun <> Interlaken

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Romantic views over a crystal blue lake to mountains on the far shore, are what makes so many Swiss train journeys special - and this journey taken by regular express trains, which depart at least hourly to and from the resort town of Interlaken, is one of the best of these.

For around thirty minutes when heading south from Thun station, on the left there are stunning views of the Thunnersee - so look right when heading north from Interlaken.
15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys Thun to Interlaken
None of the special Swiss Mountain Railways offer stunning lake views sustained over this length of time.


What makes this journey particularly special is that between Thun and Leissigen the railway is at an upper level to the shore, which provides views down on to the lake.
The most spectacular of these is over the village of Faulensee, it is a wow moment which can be seen just to the south of Spiez station.
Looking down on Lake Thun on a beautiful Swiss train journey

The section of this journey between Spiez and Interlaken forms part of what is sometimes referred to as the full 'Golden Pass' route, which also includes two other journeys on this list, the Montreux <> Zweisimmen route and the Interlaken <> Luzern route.

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11: Lausanne <> Fribourg

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As its route code of IC 1 implies, the railway line between Geneva and Zurich which travels through Lausanne and Bern, is Switzerland’s premier express train route, connecting four of the five largest cities in the country.

As far as ShowMeTheJourney is aware, it never appears on lists of Switzerland’s most beautiful railway journeys, so I wasn’t expecting this journey to be particularly special.
The train was boarded because it was a convenient link between travelling on the railway line along the shore of Lake Geneva (which just missed out on being included on this list) - and a hotel near Bern.
 

Those limited expectations were superseded within two minutes of departing from Lausanne station, because for more than 10 minutes the trains on this IC1 route make a remarkable ascent up from Lake Geneva.

As a result the views over the lake are some of the most fantastic vistas over water that can be seen from any Swiss train journey.
 

A minmium of 2 x trains per hour take this route as in addition to those IC trains, the InterRegio service between Geneve/Lausanne and Luzern via Bern also comes this way.
15 Beautiful Swiss Journeys Lake Geneva
These incredible views can be seen on the right when heading east from Lausanne towards Fribourg.
So when travelling towards Lausanne, the lake comes into view on the left, around 12 minutes before trains are due to arrive there.
If you will be on a double-deck train, head to the upper deck.

Similar vistas over Lake Geneva are the highlight of the 'Golden Pass' route taken by MOB trains to/from Montreux.
Applying some rationality, these equally fabulous views on this journey also meet the wow factor criteria - and showcase that taking regular Swiss IC trains can often be as wonderful as travelling on the mountain railways.
 

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10: Martigny <> Vallorcine

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The weather inevitably has a huge role to play in experiencing Switzerland’s most beautiful railway journeys at their best.

A first attempt at taking this route was thwarted by low cloud and torrential rain, so when a day on a subsequent Swiss trip, promised unbroken sunshine, the opportunity was seized to take this journey between Martigny and the French border.
This Swiss section of the ‘Mont Blanc Express’ route is the most scenic option for a train journey between these two countries.


However, ShowMeTheJourney discovered that cloudless skies also don’t provide the optimum conditions for experiencing a journey on a Swiss Mountain Railway.

As the trains, which depart hourly, ascend from Martigny, the birds-eye view which can be seen on the right, down over the Rhone Valley is the highlight of this journey - and it's the first sight of this view looking left, when traveling east towards Martigny, that provides the wow moment on this route.
15 Beautiful Swiss Journeys The Mont Blanc Express route
At the top of this climb the railway line enters a valley, which it follows between Salvan station and Vallorcine.
The valley has been carved by the River Le Trient, but it can rarely be seen from the train as the railway line is embedded at an upper level on the valley wall.
Although this elevation allows for sweeping vistas across the valley over to the left, when heading west from Martigny.

However, I made this journey in the morning and the sunlight was shining on the train and casting giant shadows across the mountains.


I suspect that with some clouds to bounce the light around, the views would be even more glorious, but the images and the video hopefully showcase how fabulous this journey would be at a different time on another day.

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9: Interlaken <> Luzern

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The elevation of railway line matters when seeing the best of Switzerland from a train for the obvious reason that the higher the route, the further the distances which can be seen from the train windows.

This Zentralbahn route, taken by the hourly Luzern – Interlaken Express trains doesn’t scale the heights of the other lines further down this list, but it does offer multiple wow moments, including charming and sweeping views over the villages of Lungern and Giswil.
Switzerland's 15 Most Beautiful Train Journeys


But what earns this Interlaken <> Luzern journey a place in the Top 10 on this list is the variety of its scenery.
It offers views over four lakes – and as you may have worked out by now, ShowMeTheJourney is rather fond of viewing lakes from the comfort of a train.

When heading east from Interlaken all of these lakes, the Brienserzee, the Lungernsee, the Sarnersee and the Luzernsee can be seen on the right - so they are on the left when heading away from Luzern/Lucerne.
Swiss Top 15 Beautiful Journeys The Luzern to Interlaken Express
It may not seem that’s the case when looking at a map, but the trains on this route reverse direction on departure from Meiringen station.
 

The part of the railway line between Brunig-Halisberg station and Kaiserstuhl station is higher than the rest of route so in order to climb up to it, the trains use the rack and pinion system.
That isn’t particularly unusual, but what provides a thrill when heading towards Luzern from Meiringen is the rate of the ascent, as the train races away from the station up the side of the valley.


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8: Brig <> Spiez via Kandersteg

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Before the epic Lotschberg Base Tunnel opened in 2007, the express trains between the cities of northern Switzerland and Italy via Brig used to take this stunning route, which provides beautiful vistas on either side of the older Lotschberg Tunnel.

The only passenger trains which now travel on this older line are the hourly local trains which are branded ‘Lotschberger’, some of which now travel between Domodossola and Bern - providing a cheaper and more scenic alternative to taking the EC express trains for those travelling between Switzerland and Italy with Eurail and InterRail passes
 

The highlight of this journey is to the north of Brig station when the railway makes a dramatic ascent of the sopes of the Rhone Valley - look to the left when departing from Brig station.
Swizterland's 15 Most Beautiful Railway Journeys
For around 10 minutes the views over the town of Visp are very reminiscent of those that would be seen from a plane.
So this railway journey is ideal for those seeking a sense of ‘feels like flying’, while remaining on terra firma.
 


The wow moment is the first sight of this incredible view when heading south towards Brig - keep looking to the right once the train has exited the Lotschberg Tunnel.
 

North of the Lotschberg Tunnel, the scenery between Kandersteg and Spiez showcases the beauty of the lovely Kander Valley - look out for when the trains crosses the Kander Viaduct.
Switzerland's 15 Most Beautiful Train Journeys: The Lotschberger
If you will be travelling between Bern and Brig with a Swiss Travel Pass or a Saver Day Pass, making the straightforward connections so that you can travel on the Lotschberger trains, instead of taking the direct IC trains is highly recommended.

Though something worth keeping in mind is that the Lotschberger trains don’t call at Visp.


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7: Montreux <> Zweisimmen

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The most spectacular part of this journey taken by trains operated by MOB, the Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway, is the ascent when heading east from Montreux, up from Lake Geneva.
The railway has to snake as it climbs up to Chamby station, so there are spectacular views of this part of the route from both sides of the train.
Top 15 Swiss Journeys: The Golden Pass Line
The views over Lake Geneva are similar to those which can be enjoyed to the east of Lausanne from the trains between that city and Fribourg, but what earns this journey a higher ranking on this list is that those lake views aren’t the only spectacular sight to be seen from these trains.
 

The trains, which depart once per hour, typically take a little under two hours to travel the inland part of the route between Chamby and Zweisimmen and virtually the entire length of this part of the journey is delightful.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys
When heading east from Montreux as far as Gstaad, the best of the views are on the right, but if spare seats are available, move over to the left hand side of the train at Gstaad station (so flip this, if you will be travelling towards Montreux).

As the trains depart from Gstaad station and head east towards Saanen, the railway line is elevated slightly, which provides for great views down the valleys - from the left when heading towards Zweisimmen.
Top 15 Swiss Train Journeys: Montreux to Zweisimmen
Then another highlight is just to the west of Zweisimmen station, as the railway descends/ascends to the village.
 


MOB brands this journey between Montreux and Zweisimmen as its ‘Golden Pass’ Route’, but the full Golden Pass route is actually the end to end journey by train in either direction across central Switzerland between Montreux and Luzern via Zweisimmen and Interlaken.
A fabulous journey across central Switzerland which also includes the journeys between Luzern and Interlaken and between Spiez and Interlaken, that are also on this list.


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6: Vitznau <> Rigi-Kulm

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The Rigi Bahnen operates two railway lines to the spectacular summit of Mount Rigi, the ARB line has a useful connection at Arth-Goldau station, which is served by trains from Basel, Bellinzona, Lugano, Luzern and Zurich, but its views are eclipsed by those which can be seen from this VRB route to/from Vitznau station.
By Boat from Luzern to the Rigibahn

The station at Vitznau can be accessed by Lake cruiser boats that depart from a pier located in front of Luzern station – Swiss Travel Pass and Saver Day Pass users can travel on these boats free of charge, while Eurail and InterRail pass users can obtain a 50% discount.


This train journey between Vitznau and Mt-Rigi only offers two different perspectives, both of which are of Lake Lucerne.
However, those two vistas are so wonderful, that they earned this line its place in the top half of these rankings.

Though ShowMeTheJourney is attempting not to show favouritism because the stunning sunbursts, which I was lucky to experience on my most recent journey, obviously can’t be guaranteed.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: The Rigibahn

The majestic views down over the Luzernsee can only be fully appreciated from the left when departing from Vitznau.
Taking the Rigi Bahn from Vitznau

So if there are no seats on that side of the train available when boarding in Vitznau, the advice is to hang back for 30 minutes, so that you can be among the first to board the next train.
And don’t make the mistake I made when first taking this journey, of moving over to the right to allow more latecomers to squeeze on to the train – this is a route when being a tad selfish pays dividends.


The views over Lake Lucerne are in two phases, when ascending up the mountain for the initial 20 minutes of the ride, as far as Rigi Staffelhohe station, you’ll be looking south towards Burgenstock.
Switzerland's Most Beautiful Train Rides: Vitznau to Rigi-Kulm

Then as the train approaches Rig-Staffel station the perspective changes to an incredible view over a different branch over Lake Luzern, looking north-west towards Meggen and Luzern - it is the first sight of this view which is the wow moment on this journey.
Top 15 Swiss Train Journeys: The Rigi Bahn
 


If the visibility is good, it can be worth walking down from Rigi-Kulm, so that you can join the trains heading back down to Vitznau, or Arth-Goldau, at Rigi-Staffel station.
(The video was taken from a train descending down the mountain towards Vitznau).


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5: Zug <> Belinzona via Erstfeld

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Take a DIRECT train from Zug (or Zurich) to Bellinzona and you’ll enjoy a fabulous train ride, but you will miss out on experiencing the most spectacular part of this route - the part of the journey which has merited a Top 5 spot on this list of Switzerland’s most wonderful train journeys.

That’s because the direct express trains now dive into the epic Gotthard Base Tunnel, but there are still hourly, often over-looked regular passenger trains, which travel over this incredible Gotthard Railway and through the older Gotthard Tunnel.

The most northern station that the trains to and from Bellinzona use on this route is Erstfeld, but at that station simple connections are available from trains which travel to and from Basel via Luzern and Zurich via Zug.
So I have cheated slightly and included a route on which a change of train is required, but the part of the journey between Zug and Erstfeld is so fabulous, that it had to be included.

But having said that, the direct railway line between Zug and Arth-Goldau station, along the eastern shore of Lake Zug has been closed until the end of 2020, so that it can be double-tracked.
Until then the trains are travelling around the western shore, which is still fairly fabulous.


The part of this journey on the usual route between Zug and Arth-Goldau, showcases how Swiss railways can surprise, according to the weather.
The first two journeys I took by the Zugersee were pleasant, but unremarkable, however I hadn’t realised that on both occasions the mist across the lake was obscuring the view of the distant shore, but when I made this journey in perfect weather, the experience was revelatory.
15 Of the Best Swiss Train Journeys: Zug to Bellinzona

When trains are on the usual route south of Zug, the views of the lake are on the right.

Then to the south of Arth-Goldau station, two other lakes can also be seen from that side of the train when heading south, first comes the Lauerzersee and then there are glimpses of the Luzernsee.

Fluelen station on the shore of the Luzernsee is where the Gotthard Panoramic Express can be boarded and that train follows this route from there to Bellinzona – and on to Locarno.
 

The entire journey between Zug and Bellinzona is a scenic wonder, but the two most special wow moments of this journey on the older Gotthard Line, now by-passed by the express trains, are:
(1) the multiple views over the village Wassen between Erstfeld and Goschenen station.
 


When the railway is by the village, it uses spirals to gain height, so the white church can be seen from the left and then right of the train.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: The Gotthard Line
and (2) the vistas down the valley as the railway spirals down (and up) between Airolo and Faido stations.
The Top 15 Swiss Journeys: Zug to Bellinzona via Erstfeld

Because the railway uses circular spirals cut into the mountain sides to gain height, these views above can be seen from both sides of the train, though when travelling south from Erstfeld towards Bellinzona, the best of the views are on the left.
Though these tend to be fairly quiet trains so shuttling across the train from one side to the other, without disturbing your fellow travellers shouldn't be a problem.

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4: Grnindelwald <> Lauterbrunnen via Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen

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In common with users of Swiss Travel Passes, if you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass, you have to pay 75% of ticket price to travel on this route operated by WAB – the Wengernalpbahn.
But if you will be using Swiss Travel Passes to see Switzerland by train, you can travel on all of the other routes on this list without paying any of the 'ticket costs'.
For InterRail and Eurail users, the only other line which incurs a percentage of the ticket price is the Vitznau <> Rigi-Kulm route.


On the advice to using Eurail and InterRail passes in Switzerland it’s suggested that it’s not worth travelling on the lines on which users of those passes can’t travel for free, because it’s possible to travel on so many fabulous routes without incurring extra costs.
But this journey between Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen is so fabulous that it justifies being an exception!


What makes it so special is that the epic bird's eye views can be enjoyed for so much of this journey, as well as the fact that this journey offers multiple epic vistas, because the line follows two different routes up and down to Kleine Schiedegg station.


When joining trains at the main station in Grindelwald, take a forward facing seat on the right, because the train will reverse direction at the next station, Grindelwald-Grund.
Between that station and Kleine-Scheidegg the best of the views are over on the left, looking back down the mountain side.
 


You'll note from the video and the images that the weather wasn't absoutely ideal when I made this journey, but it didn't stop it being a fabulous experience.
I guessed right that the clouds would only be partially obscuring the mountain tops.

Though two previous attempts at making this journey were thwarted by rain and mist back down in Interlaken, so try and plan your Swiss rail journey itinerary so that you're not committed to travelling every day, then you can take advantage of when the weather conditions are right - and do something different, like a museum visit, on they days that aren't ideal.
The Top 15 Swiss Train Journeys: Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen

When travelling between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg there are some fabulous views from both sides of the trains, but the best of the vistas, shortly after departure from Lauterbrunnen and Wengen stations are on the right when ascending up the mountain.
Though the video was taken looking to the left as the train FROM Kleine Schiedegg, travelling down the mountain, neared Lauterbrunnen.

 


The wow moments on this journey are the views of the waterfall by Lauterbrunnen station and the bird's eye views looking down the valley passed Wengen.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Rides: the Wengeralpbahn

If you want to make the epic journey from Interlaken to Europe’s highest railway station at Jungfraujoch you will need to take these trains, making connections at either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen stations and at Kleine Scheidegg station.


The route taken by the JB Railway trains up to Jungfraujoch, doesn’t make this list of Switzerland’s most beautiful railway journeys, because all but the first five minutes of that journey is in tunnels.
The charming routes taken by the BOB (Bernese-Oberland-Bahn) trains between Interlaken Ost station and both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are also eclipsed by this Grindelwald <> Lauterbrunnen journey.

The Wengeralpbahn doesn’t operate direct trains between Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, connections have to be made at Kleine Scheidegg station – if you will be travelling up to Jungfraujoch by train, the best idea is to travel one direction via direction via Grindelwald and the other via Lauterbrunnen
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3: Chur <> St Moritz

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I suspect that this route has inspired people to capture more pictures than any other Swiss Mountain Railway, both from the trains windows - as well as images of the Glacier Express and regular Rhaetian Railway (RhB) trains travelling along this route.

The spectacular Landwasser Viaduct is a moth to a flame for photographers - and ShowMeTheJourney is no exception!
The 15 Most Scenic Swiss Railways: Chur to St Moritz


Although the blink and you'll miss it view down the valley, as the trains travel across the viaduct (on the right when heading south to St Moritz and on the left when travelling towards Chur), is eclipsed by some of the other incredible views that can be seen from trains travelling along this Albula Railway.


The two other wow moments on this journey are a result of the railway using spiralling loops cut into the mountain side to gain height, as the trains ascend or descend there are spectacular views looking back down the valley.
These spirals are located just to the south of Filisur station...
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys; The Albula Railway
....and between Bergun station and Preda station, to the north of the Albula Tunnel.
The 15 Best Swiss Train Journeys: Chur to St Moritz

If you will be joining one of the regular hourly trains heading towards St Moritz at Chur station, there should be a simple as can be cross-platform connection with the IC train from Zurich, take a seat on the right-hand side when facing the direction of travel.
 

When heading south, the best of the views: of the River Rhine between Chur and Reichenau-Tamins; the Lake Alora north of Tiefencastel; the views looking down on that village and the village named Surava; the valley to the north of the Landwasser Viaduct AND the viaduct itself, are all over on the right.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: St Moritz to Chur

If you will be heading north from St Moritz try to find seats on the left and if you want to see the viaduct, then occupy backwards facing seats.

When heading south you can make an easy connection in Samedan for a short hop train ride to Pontresina, where the connection into trains on to Tirano is also as simple as can be.

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2: Andermatt <> Disentis/Muster

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The Mattherhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) operates the longest Swiss Mountain Railway route and it stretches from Zermatt in the west, as featured above, to the station at Disentis/Muster – where it connects with Rhaetian Railway (Rhb) trains to/from Chur.
The Glaicer Express also takes this route during its epic journey.


The most scenic part of the MGB railway is this, it's eastern end between Andermatt station and Disentis/Muster.
On departure from Andermatt the train, which departs 1 x per hour, will immediately begin to ascend up to the highest point on the MGB route which passes through the Oberalp Pass.
Switzerland's Most Beautiful Train Rides: Andermatt to Disentis

 


The views back down the valley over Andermatt are breathtaking and because the railway between Andermatt and Natschen station, loops like a snake in order to climb the mountain side, the glorious vista can be appreciated from both sides of the train.
The view from Natschen station looking down towards Andermatt

However, when boarding in Andermatt, or at a station further west, try to sit on the right, because between Natschen and Disentis/Muster the best of the views can all be seen from that side of the train – so sit on the left when boarding at Disentis/Muster.
The Top 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: The Oberalp Pass
The Oberalp Pass is so high that the railway is above the tree-line for this part of the journey, so nothing gets in the way of taking in the dramatic scenery.
As the railway approaches Oberalppass station, a lake, the Oberalpsee, can be seen on the right.
The Top 15 Swiss Train Rides: The Oberalp Pass

Immediately to the east of Oberalppass station the trains will pass through a tunnel and between the tunnel and Disentis/Muster station, the railway follows a valley.
What makes this section of the MGB line special is that the railway is located high up on the side of the valley, the trains very gradually descend or ascend as they head to or from Disentis/Muster - and this elevation allows for stunning views.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: Andermatt to Disentis/Muster

At Disentis/Muster station there are easy connections to/from Rhaetian Railway (Rhb) trains which call at Reichenau-Tamins, which is on the Chur <> St Moritz route.

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1: St Moritz <> Tirano

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This video was taken from a train travelling from Tirano to St Moritz and it showcases the weather extremes, which can be experienced on this trip.
 


The section of the route through the Bernina Pass had experienced a heavy snow fall on the previous day, but just a five minute train ride away to the south of the pass, there was no snow to be seen at all - quite the wow moment, but sadly not guaranteed on every journey!

The train ride on the Bernina Route of the Rhateian (RhB) Railway is a journey of six distinct phases and because five of these sections of the journey are fabulous, it’s ShowMeTheJourney’s No.1 on the Most Beautiful Swiss Journeys list - note how all of the five boxes above have been ticked!


As you head south from St Moritz and Pontresina, the best of the journey will be ahead of you, the train ride as far as Bernina Suot station is delightful, but it doesn’t have the wow factor of the next phase of the journey between there and on to Alp-Grum station.
 

Between those two stations the trains travel through the stunning Bernina Pass, which due to its elevation and lack of vegetation, has an other-worldly quality in the height of summer....
Travelling through the Bernina Pass
.... but a snow covered landscape is pretty-much guaranteed between November and April.
The number 1 on a list of 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys

As the train traverses the Bernina Pass, it passes by some small lakes, these can be seen on the right when heading south, so are on the left when travelling north from Tirano - the snowy scenes were captured by SMTJ on the second weekend in May.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Journeys: The Bernina Railway
The 15 Most Amazing Swiss Train Rides: St Moritz to Tirano

The third phase of the journey comes when the train exits the pass just to the north of Alp-Grum station – the on-board commentary available on all of the trains which follow this route, will point out the view of the glacier on the other side of Lago Palu.

The fourth phase of a southbound journey commences at Cavaglia station, between there and Poschiavo station the railway loops like a snake on the mountain side - and on this part of the route, at the top of this summit, there are second-to-none views from a train to revel in.
The 15 Most Beautiful Swiss Train Rides: St Moritz to Tirano
...and because of the loops they can be enjoyed from both sides of the train.

 

The highlight of the fifth phase of the journey between Poschiavo and Miralago station, are the beautiful views of the lake, the Lago di Poschiavo, along with the river to the south Poschiavo station, they are both on the left when heading south towards Tirano (so are on the right when heading north).
Travelling by Lago Poschiavo on the Bernina Railway

Between Miralago and Tirano the railway follows a valley and here the best of the views switch to the right when travelling south.
At the foot of this valley, just to the north of Tirano, is the uniquely fabulous Brusio Spiral Viaduct.
Travelling over the Brusio Spiral Viaduct on the Bernina Railway

Don’t assume that because of its location in the south-east corner of Switzerland that the Bernina Railway is awkward to access.
The Bernina Express is the only service to operate direct between Chur and Tirano, but if want to travel between those two locations on the regular Rheatian Railway trains, very straightforward connections are available in every hour during the day at Samedan and Pontresina stations – easier than travelling via St Moritz and you won’t miss out on any scenic highlights.


If you will be using a rail pass, a day return trip to Tirano by train is very feasible from most cities in northern Switzerland including Basel, Zurich and Bern.

Tirano also has trains from Milano, so if you will be travelling with an InterRail or Eurail Pass, you can make the ultimate day trip by train from Milano.
Head to Zurich from Milano via Tirano, Pontresina, Samedan and Chur and then return to Milano from Zurich on the EuroCity train.


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Despite multiple Swiss rail adventures, ShowMeTheJourney has yet to experience all of the best routes that can be taken by train in Switzerland, so in time it's likely that this will eventually become a Top 20 list of the country's Most Beautiful Train Journeys.

From what can be seen on YouTube and Instagram it's highly likely that the Brienz Rothorn Bahn and the GornegratBahn will merit an inclusion - and the route between Geneva and Visp is also rather fabulous!

If you would like some advice and help with planning a trip on any of these railways, or with working out a fabulous itinerary including multiple journeys that have been featured above, take a look at the Concierge Service.