Chur may lack the chocolate box appeal of a Swiss Alpine village, but it's a city surrounded by mountains, so a very good reason for a holiday in the Chur is the easy access into those mountains which the railways provide.
It's the only city from which both the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express trains depart from.
A day return journey to Tirano by the Bernina Express in both directions is possible from Chur.
Also the routes taken by trains between Chur and...
...St Moritz, along the Albula route
are among the most spectacular Swiss rail journeys.
Plus when taking the regular Rhaetian Railway trains, easy connections are available to two of what ShowMeTheJourney ranks in its Top 5 Swiss journeys.
where minutes later a Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn train will head off on the incredible journey to Andermatt, and on towards Brig - on the route of The Glacier Express heading west from Chur.
So Chur is a second to none location for those who want the focus of their Swiss holiday to be easy access to long scenic journeys by train.
The Rhaetian Railways routes are also included in multiple Swiss rail holiday packages on which ShowMeTheJourney users can obtain a 5% discount, including all of the Alpine Tours.
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Chur is also an exceptionally easy location in which to use rail passes as journeys by the regular Rhaetian Railway trains are fully covered by Eurail, InterRail, Swiss Travel and Saver Day Passes.
Users of Eurail, InterRail and Swiss Travel Passes also only have to pay the reservation fees to travel by the Bernina and Glacier Express trains, which are less than a third of the total cost, which have to be paid by travellers without rail passes.
Window seats on these trains can sell out months in advance, but rail pass users can also access the easy alternatives and hop on and off the regular trains along their routes and experience the same wonderful landscapes.
The access to multiple trains per with day also enables an easy and wonderful circular route to be taken on the Rhaetian Ralways which is Chur → St Moritz → Klosters → Landquart → Chur.
The fact that Eurail, InterRail, Saver Day Passes and Swiss Travel Passes can also be used at no extra cost on the regular Mattherhorn Gotthard Bahn trains enables onward connections to its route at Disentis/Mustér station.
This opens up the possibility of all day journeys from Chur on incredible routes, which are fully covered by the rail passes.
It's possible to follow the western side of the Glacier Express route, by hopping on and off the regular trains between Chur and Zermatt.
Another fabulous idea is to experience the wonderful Gotthard route between Göschenen and Zug, pictured above, by taking spectacular circular route fully covered by the rail passes: Chur → Disentis/Mustér → Andermatt → Göschenen → Thalwil via Zug → Chur
There are also two direct trains per day on Saturday and Sunday from Geneva airport.
Chur is also served by direct German ICE trains which typically take a Hamburg → Hannover → Frankfurt (Main) → Karlsruhe → Freiburg → Basel - Zurich → Chur route.
Though these services are altered until Dec 9th, with destinations in Germany switched from Hamburg and Hannover to Berlin and Leipzig.
There are also trains between Chur and Buchs which connect with trains on the Zurich - Buchs ↔ Innsbruck - Graz / Salzburg / Vienna / Budapest / Bratislava route.
I wanted to share my passion for train travel and explain how anyone can take the fantastic journeys I have taken.
This is one of more than 100 train travel guides available on ShowMeTheJourney, which will make it easier to take the train journeys you want or need to make. As always, all images were captured on trips taken by ShowMeTheJourney.
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