Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast episode 87
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Episode 87: Swiss train news and updates for 2024

December 13, 2023 Last Updated on June 5, 2024

Are you planning to explore Switzerland by train in 2024? If so, this is a must-listen episode of the podcast.

We welcome back regular guest, Andy Nef, who brings us up to date with changes to some of the Swiss rail products for 2024. Andy also shares some lesser-known scenic train and bus routes in Switzerland that you might like to consider including in your itinerary.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Price increases for rail travel and the Swiss Travel Pass in 2024
  • New experiences including the NostalChic Class train to Gornergrat
  • 100 years of the Centovalli train
  • Mt Rigi winter experiences
  • Additional Glacier Express and Bernina Express services
  • Alternative scenic train and bus routes in Switzerland

Our Guest

Andy Nef, Swiss Travel System
Andy Nef

Andy Nef is a rail enthusiast who has spent more than 30 years working for rail companies in Switzerland.

He is Travel Switzerland’s Market Manager for the UK, South Korea, Australia, Japan and UAE.

Scenic rail and bus routes and experiences mentioned in this episode

>> NostalChic Class train and Golden Spot at Gornergrat – the excursion from Zermatt to Gornergrat can be made even more special with a ride on the NostalChic Class train. This vintage train is limited to just 22 passengers who enjoy a three-course meal and other unique inclusions on their journey. The Golden Spot is an historic restored train carriage that now serves as a photo spot with magnificent views of the Matterhorn. Read more here.

>> First View and Eiger Walk of Fame – a new panoramic view point called First View was opened at Grindelwald First in July 2023, whilst the Eiger Walk of Fame is a hiking trail that will open in Spring 2024 at the foot of the north face of the Eiger. Read more about Grindelwald First here.

>> Mt. Rigi winter experiences – there are numerous winter experiences that can be enjoyed at Mt. Rigi including horse drawn carriage rides and fondue parties in the world’s oldest cogwheel rail car. Read more about Mt. Rigi here.

>> Centovalli Railways – starting in November 2023, the centenary of the Centovalli Railways will be celebrated with many different activities planned. This rail journey connects Locarno in Switzerland with Domodossola in Italy and is regarded as one of the most beautiful train rides in Switzerland.

>> Scenic train and bus routes – get full details of the scenic train and bus journeys Andy mentioned in our detailed guide here.

GoldenPass Belle Epoque carriage
Nostalgic coaches on the GoldenPass Belle Epoque are a great alternative to the GoldenPass Express.

Useful resources

Learn more about the Swiss Travel Pass and see the prices for 2024 in this article.

Andy has been the guest on many previous podcast episodes including Episode 11: The Swiss Travel System, Episode 17: Feeder line trains and the benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass and Episode 19: The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and Switzerland’s premium panoramic trains. His most recent appearance was on Episode 84: How to use public transport in Switzerland.

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The scenery is spectacular on the Central Alps Passes route. © Travel Switzerland

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