Top 10 Swiss Train Journeys

View from a train in the Swiss Alps
View from the Train in Switzerland

Europe is famous for its great rail links, and Switzerland has more than its fair share of stunning train routes.

If you’re looking for an epic trip, below are the top 10 Swiss train journeys.

Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is far and away the most famous train journey in Switzerland. Running between the Engadine and the Matterhorn, the train travels straight through the Swiss Alps. Along the way, it passes through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges in what is one of the most scenic railways in the world. If you’re considering a train trip in Switzerland, this is the one to do.

Bernina Express

Like the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express train travels through the Alps. On its stunning journey, which is studded with beautiful views, the train goes from Chur to the Engadine, all the way through the Poschiavo Valley and the Valtellina Valley to Torino, Italy.

GoldenPass Line

Covering both geographical and linguistic distances, the GoldenPass Line spans a route from the German part of Switzerland to the French part. It starts with the Lucerne-Interlaken Express, which runs over the Brunig Pass to Interlaken. From there, the BLS runs to Zweisimmen, and then the GoldenPass Panoramic or Classic runs to Gstaad and Montreux.

Wilhelm Tell Express

Part train journey, part boat trip, the Wilhelm Tell Express travels from Central Switzerland to Ticino. From Lake Lucerne, the 1st class panorama car travels along the famous Gotthard line, with a paddle steamer cruise in the middle.

Pre-Alpine Express

Starting in the picturesque Swiss German town of St Gallen on Lake Constance, the Pre-Alpine Express runs through Appenzell via Toggenburg and Pfaffikon, ending in Lucerne. The journey offers a great range of scenery throughout the countryside.

BLS RegioExpress

There are several routes to choose from with the BLS trains. One of the most popular is the Bern-Valais route, which is incredibly scenic and includes the mountain journey to Brig. Another is the Bern-Lucerne route, which runs through the pretty Emmental region.

Jungfrau Railway

One of the most spectacular Swiss train journeys is the Jungfrau Railway. Starting in Interlaken Ost, the train winds its way up the mountains to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. The view from the top is breathtaking, and the trip makes for an unforgettable journey.

Lavaux Line

The tranquil Lavaux Line runs from Geneva to Brig, traveling through the Lavaux vineyards en route. It also goes past Lausanne, Montreux, and Martigny, all of which are scenic Swiss cities.

Jura Foot Line

The Jura Foot Line travels between Basel and Geneva, two of the biggest cities in Switzerland. Along the way, it passes through the three lakes region of Biel, Murten, and Neuchatel, as well as La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town famous for Swiss watchmaking. Out the windows, the Jura mountains can be seen in the distance.

Three City Line

Running between Lucerne and Chur, the Three City Line offers a great Swiss train journey for lovers of all things urban. The train travels through Zurich, one of Switzerland’s most important cities, as well as more rural areas like Lake Walen and the Bundner Herrschaft wine region.

Swiss Train Video

Below is a video of a train ride through the Swiss countryside from Geneva to Sion. It has footage of everything from Lake Geneva to the Swiss Alps.

Vineyards, mountains, and pretty historic buildings all feature in the video.

It also includes footage of Nendaz and the gondola to the lake at Tracouet, which offers beautiful views of the town and the valley below.

You can watch the video to get a feel for the scenic nature of train travel in Switzerland.

Buses from Sion Train Station to Nendaz

Bus at Sion Train Station
Bus to Nendaz

Taking a bus from Sion train station to Nendaz is a great way to travel when you are visiting the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Cheap and efficient, it is a good alternative to renting a car or taking a taxi when your train arrives.

The Sion bus station is conveniently located right outside of the exit of the train station, so you don’t have to walk far to make your connection. Screens hanging from the roof of the bus station will show you the destination of each bus. For Nendaz, look for CarPostal bus 362 with the sign for “Basse-Nendaz” and “Haute-Nendaz”.

Once you have located the correct bus, you can buy your ticket from the driver. Tickets for buses from Sion train station to Nendaz cost 10.80 CHF one-way. The driver can give you change if you don’t have the exact fare.

Buses are modern and comfortable, and there is ample space for luggage in the hold underneath the seating area. There is also free Wi-Fi on board if you want to stay connected during the journey.

Once in Nendaz, the bus makes several stops, including in the center of the town near the tourist information office.

Buses run up to three times an hour between 5:00am and 9:00pm on weekdays, and slightly less frequently on weekends and holidays.

The journey time on buses from Sion train station to Nendaz is 25 to 35 minutes, depending on where you get off.