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Switzerland & Austria:
Rail Travel

General Information

  • Swiss Official Timetable
    Check railroad, funicular, cablecar, boat, and bus schedules online, with an app, or in printed timetables.

  • Swiss train times
    Our sample routings show just how compact Switzerland is, and how quickly you can travel from city to city or city to resort.

Rail/Transportation Passes

  • Austrian Rail Passes
    Save on train fares, and get a discount on bicycle rentals at 130+ railroad stations.

  • Swiss Rail Passes
    Save money on trains, postal buses, lake steamers, funiculars, cable cars, and local transportation.

Railroad Companies

  • Gornergrat Bahn
    Zermatt's GGB takes you to Matterhorn views and mountain hotels.

  • Jungfraujochbahn
    It's high in elevation, popularity, and price. We tell you what makes it unique and how to trim your ticket costs by up to 50%.

  • Swiss Railroads
    Besides the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), many private regional railroads serve locals and tourists.

Special Trains

  • Bernina Express
    Ride this narrow-gauge train to scenery and skiing in the Engadine, or from Chur and St. Moritz to Italy.

  • Glacier Express
    Take "the world's slowest express train" on the scenic route between Zermatt and Canton Graubünden, and pay only a reservation fee if you have a Swiss rail pass.

  • Wilhelm Tell Express
    From May through late October, you can travel between Lucerne and Ticino (via the Gotthard Tunnel) on a lake and mountain journey that includes a first-class sightseeing train and a vintage paddlewheel steamboat.

  • Swiss Chocolate Train
    Ride a vintage or modern excursion train from Montreux, Switzerland to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory at Broc, with a stop at the medieval cheesemaking town of Gruyère along the way.

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