Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Basel

Basel, Switzerland
Private One Day Glacier Express Tour from Basel
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From USD 790.77

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  • 10 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys on a private full-day Glacier Express train tour from Basel. Enjoy a round-trip journey by train and spend hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig passing wide valleys, mountain gorges, and wooden villages. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig with your private guide can take place.
  • Private, full-day Glacier Express train tour from Basel
  • Wind through Switzerland’s ‘Grand Canyon,’ picturesque valleys, and soaring peaks
  • Climb to 6,669 feet (2,033 meters) by train at the Oberalp Pass
  • Round-trip transport from and to Basel, with hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • One Day Train Pass for the Travel Day in 2nd class
  • Travel on scheduled train from Basel to Chur 2nd class (2h 20min)
  • Glacier Express train travel from Chur to Brig (4 hours) incl. seat reservation in 2nd class
  • 3-course lunch served at your seat (vegetarian option available)
  • Headphones and written information available on board the Glacier Express
  • Return travel by scheduled train from Brig to Basel (2 hours) in 2nd class
  • Swiss tourguide for your party only
  • all taxes and fees
  • Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Centralbahnstrasse 10
    Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

    Basel SBB train station, your tourguide awaits you in the departure hall: in front of the ticket office and the official meeting point.

Start time

08:15 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide at your Basel hotel and make the roughly 2-hour journey by private, air-conditioned vehicle via Zurich to Chur.

The capital of the Graubünden canton and reputedly Switzerland’s oldest town, this pretty, mountain-framed city is where you'll board the Glacier Express train.

Settle into a pre-arranged seat and admire the spectacular views on one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys. If you wish, use the onboard headphones for commentary on the sights.

Absorb the scenery as you pass through the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon,’ an epic part of the Rhine gorge where the river carves through rocks.

Feel the train’s cogwheels engage as it climbs from 5,249 feet (1,600 meters) to 6,669 feet (2,033 meters) — your journey’s highest point — at the Oberalp Pass. Then, descend to 4,724 feet (1,440 meters) for a 20-minute stop at Andermatt, where you have time to disembark for photos.

Continue through the 9.3-mile (15-kilometer) Furka Pass tunnel and picturesque Goms Valley past traditional villages, pastures, and high mountain peaks.

Two hours from Andermatt, leave the train at Brig. Then, catch an inter-city train via the Alps, Lake Thun, and Bern to Basel, where your tour ends.

According your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express).

Lake Zurich (Pass By)

Walensee (Pass By)


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Ruinaulta Rheinschlucht (Pass By)


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Oberalp Pass (Pass By)


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Goms (Pass By)


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Thunersee (Pass By)

Bern (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.


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      This is one NOT to take
      Claudia_H, Aug 2022
      It felt like a travel day, not a tour. 6 different trains with 10 minutes to catch the next, no time to shop anywhere and a very expensive train ride and a 12 hour day.
      Response from Host, Aug 2022
      This is a copy/paste review from the same person complaining about prices in Switzerland.
      A pleasant way to see the country.
      Joan_H, May 2022
      Loved seeing the snow capped mountains. The villages in the valleys were so cute. Beautiful country. The train was very nice and our guide was very attentive to us.
      Response from Host, June 2022
      Thank you for your review. Happy you had a great day.
      A Day With Oskar
      Marianna_O, May 2022
      What a surprise! We had our own guide. We would have missed so much, including the train, without our friendly and knowledgeable guide. This was a marvelous journey. We will never forget the beauty of the Alps and the background of Switzerland.
      Response from Host, May 2022
      Thank you for the feedback.
      Glacier Express not a good title
      GLENDAL_P, Sept 2021
      Our tour guide was terrific. I love trains so I loved riding on one. However, you really should be more descriptive in your promo regarding this trip. First of all you do not see glaciers so why is it the Glacier Express and your promo should state that it is ONLY a train ride. You do not get off in any of the villages so it is just riding close to the Alps. Not through them. Lunch on board was delicious and the service on the train was excellent. Mostly we just loved our tour guide Oskar. He was so friendly and interesting. He was very informative.
      Response from Host, Sept 2021
      Hello Glenda Thanks for the feedback. The name "Glacier Express" is made by the train company, which promotes this train. That's why we take over this title. You're right, on this train you don't see a real glacier, but a lot of alpine peaks (especially on the Oberalp pass). From former history, the train passed the Furka pass, where there was a view to the Aare-glacier. Since 1982 the train runs on the safe base tunnel (all year long), the old route was accessible June to Sept only. And due to the climate change, the Aare glacier shrinked that much, that even from the street you can not see it any more. To see real glaciers in Switzerland (or what is still here from the glaciers), we recommend to travel to Gornergrat or Jungfraujoch, the two last places where you see glaciers. Kind regards from Switzerland
      See Switzerland in a day!
      susansD3668ES, Aug 2019
      This turned out to be a wonderful day with a private guide who was very personable. The ride on the train was great with lots of viewing windows. The food was good too!
      Response from Host, Aug 2019
      Good morning Thank you for your feedback, hope to see you soon again in Switzerland. Kind regards Mike
      This tour itself was great. Our tour...
      Angela F, July 2018
      This tour itself was great. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very nice! She spent the entire day with us, answered many questions and showed us around. The train ride was absolutely beautiful and I definitely recommend going on the Glacier Express. Especially if you only have a couple days to spend in Switzerland, this is a great way to see more of the country and relax with amazing views as well! Plus the food on the train was pretty good! The only thing I can say that is not so good is the fact that this website misled my husband and I, as the overview description for the tour states that a First Class train ticket is included for this tour and we did not sit in first class. Viator, please fix this information to avoid any customer disappointment. After speaking with a great customer service rep with Viator, he was able to make things right by sending us a partial refund for the first class ticket. I am very grateful for that! So besides that, you will love this tour!! Thank you Viator!
      Response from Host, July 2018
      Thanks for your feedback and for bringing the First-Class ticket issue to our attention! Please note, we are working with our local tour operator to correct this info as quickly as possible. Thanks again and we're glad you had a great time on your tour!

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