Zurich to St.Mortiz, Glacier Express, Lucerne, and Geneva to Vienna with a Swiss Pass

I am planning to travel from Zurich City on July 29 to St.Moritz and take the Glacier express, and reach that out to staty in Lucerne. How do I do that?

Also, is Swisspass valid to travel from Geneva to Vienna? How long is the train journey from Geneva to Vienna?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 05, 2016 15:26
    Hi Murali,

    Zurich to St Moritz

    A connection from Zurich to St Moritz takes about 3 to 3.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Chur or Landquart en route. Reservations are not necessary or even accepted on these trains, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    Even though you wouldn't be booking reservations for these trains, you can still check their schedules by entering the route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. You would just do one search for the full route from Zurich to St Moritz, and it would display the schedules.

    The Glacier Express

    I'm not sure what point you plan on visiting Lucerne; the Glacier Express goes from St Moritz to Zermatt and does not pass through Lucerne en route. Lucerne is very close to Zurich; however, so you may just want to go there before you head down to St Moritz. Trains between Zurich and Lucerne only take about 45 to 50 minutes.

    The Glacier Express does require reservations in addition to the Swiss Travel Pass. You would purchase the reservations by entering the route ('St Moritz' to 'Zermatt') on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Swiss Travel Pass'.

    Geneva to Vienna

    The Swiss Travel Pass is a pass for Switzerland, so it would not be valid for travel in Austria. A connection from Geneva to Vienna takes just under 11 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Zurich along the way. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover your train from Geneva to Zurich and the part of your train from Zurich to Vienna until it reaches the Swiss/Austrian border.

    If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, to be covered for after you cross over into Austria, you would have to purchase a separate ticket from the border to Vienna. Specifically, the ticket you would have to purchase would be from the town of Buchs (at the Swiss/Austrian border) to Vienna. Currently, this supplemental ticket would only be available to purchase locally. You can purchase this ticket at the station in Zurich when you're there.

    It is also the case that reservations are recommended on the actual train itself from Zurich to Vienna. When booking reservations on our site, however, it is not possible to indicate that you'll be using two different items to cover the ticket costs for a train. Therefore, just for the purpose of booking reservations on such a train, you can indicate that you'll be traveling with any single rail pass that does cover the full route of the train from Zurich to Vienna (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass'). Even though you won't actually be traveling with this pass, doing this would prompt our website to issue you the correct reservations. The trains from Zurich to Vienna are Railjet trains.

    Reservations are not necessary on the trains from Geneva to Zurich, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still just check the schedules for these trains by entering the cities on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Therefore, you would end up doing one search from Geneva to Zurich just to check the schedules and another search from Zurich to Vienna to book actual reservations.
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