Travel with Eurail Global Pass on Glacier Express from Zurich and then Zermatt to Barcelona

I would like to have more information of 4 days Glacier Express from Zurich. I have booked my Global Pass. Our travel window is May 9-May13, 2019. Hopefully, we can travel from zermatt to Barcelona which is our final stop from Zurich. Your prompt response would be highly appreicated. Warm regards,Lienti
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 18, 2019 16:53
    Hi Lienti,

    The Glacier Express route does not go through Zurich. It would be your choice where you want to connect up with the Glacier Express if you're starting in Zurich. You could connect up with the Glacier Express route in Disentis or Andermatt. Otherwise, you could make a trip from Zurich to St Moritz, so that you could then do the full route of the Glacier Express from St Moritz to Zermatt.

    The Glacier Express does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Passholder reservations for the full route of the Glacier Express from St Moritz to Zermatt can be purchased on our website. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from St Moritz to Zermatt by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    For shorter trips on the Glacier Express line, like from Disentis to Zermatt or Andermatt to Zermatt, you would have to call us to purchase the reservations. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.

    The Glacier Express can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as possible.

    Zermatt to Barcelona

    The connection from Zermatt to Barcelona takes about 12.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Visp, once in Geneva, once in Aix-les-Bains, and then once in Valence.

    Of the trains comprising of this connection, reservations are only required on the final segment from Valence to Barcelona. The train from Valence to Barcelona is a France-Spain High Speed train.

    The other trains are regional trains that do not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for these trains. For the trip from Zermatt to Barcelona, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva, another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Aix les Bains, another search for connecting trains from Aix les Bains to Valence, and then another search for connecting trains from Valence to Barcelona.

    Because the first 4 of these segments are unreserved, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when you do each of these searches.

    To purchase reservations for that final segment from Valence to Barcelona, you would have to be sure to check the 'I have a rail pass' button and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. The France-Spain High Speed trains from Valence to Barcelona also can sell out quickly, so it is again recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible.
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