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Lucerne to Matterhorn/Zermatt, then the Glacier Express to St Moritz

Traveling June 2016 and want to use the Glacier Express
from Lucern where we are staying? Once the train gets to
Zermatt do we spend the night in Zermatt and return the next day on the Glacier Express to St. Moritz?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 12, 2015 15:50
    Hi GiGi.

    A connection from Lucerne to Zermatt would only follow the 'Glacier Express' scenic route for part of the way. However, you would travel along the 'Glacier Express' route all the way from Zermatt to St Moritz.

    A connection from Lucerne to Zermatt takes just over 3 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Visp. Only the segment from Visp to Zermatt would run along the 'Glacier Express' route.

    When you make these trips would be entirely up to you.

    Instead of purchasing regular tickets, your best option would be to purchase the 'Swiss Travel Pass'. You would purchase the 'Swiss Travel Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' would cover the ticket costs for your train Lucerne to Bern, Bern to Visp, Visp to Zermatt, and Zermatt to St Moritz.

    The 'Glacier Express' from Zermatt to St Moritz would just require reservations in addition to the pass. To purchase the reservations, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), enter the route ('Zermatt' to 'St Moritz'), and indicate the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass'). With that said, the 'Glacier Express' can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on trips from Zermatt to either Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn for views of the Matterhorn.

    To get from Zermatt to Gornergrat, you would take the 'Gornergratbahn' cogwheel railway. In Gornergrat, there is an observatory with spectacular views of the Matterhorn.

    To receive the 50% discount on this excursion, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak' pass. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.

    A trip from Zermatt to Klein Matterhorn would involve taking a gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and then a cable car from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn (the highest cable car in Europe).

    To receive the 50% discount discount on this excursion, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Matterhorn Glacier Paradise' pass. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/matterhorn-glacier-paradise/index.html.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 12, 2015 17:52
    There are also 3 popular mountain excursions you can take when you're in Lucerne; the excursion up to Mt Pilatus, the excursion to Mt Titlis, and the excursion to Mt Rigi.

    Mt Pilatus

    The excursion up Mt Pilatus from Lucerne would consist of a steamer (across Lake Lucerne) between Lucerne and Alpnachstad, cog railways between Alpnachstad and Mt Pilatus itself, cable cars between Mt Pilatus and Kriens, and a bus between Kriens and Lucerne.

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' would cover you on the steamer between Lucerne and Alpnachstad and the bus between Kriens and Lucerne. For the cog railways between Alpnachstad and Mt Pilatus and the cable cars between Mt Pilatus and Kriens, the 'Swiss Travel Pass' would enable you to receive a 50% discount.

    To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens to Mt Pilatus for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Mount Pilatus' pass. This would be purchased here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.

    Mt Titlis

    The excursion from Lucerne to Mt Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and a third cable car from Stand to Titlis. The ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ covers the train from Lucerne to Engelberg and would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis.

    To receive the 50% discount on the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis, you would purchase the ‘Engelberg to Mt Titlis for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Mount Titlis’. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html.

    Mt Rigi

    To travel between Lucerne and Mt Rigi, there are 2 different routes you can take; one via Arth Goldau and the other via Vitznau. The ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ actually covers the entirety of both of these two routes. You might want to consider making your ascent one way and descending via the other. Therefore, you could start the journey by taking the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau. From Arth Goldau, you would take the 'Arth-Rigi-Bahn' up to Rigi Kulm. For your descent, you would then take the 'Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn' cog railway from Rigi Kulm down to Vitznau. In Vitznau, you would use your pass to board the boat across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne.
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