Take the train from London to Chur, St.Moritz and Davos.
LONDON - CHUR, ST.MORITZ AND DAVOS BY TRAIN
JOURNEY TIME - UP TO 13 hrs (same day)
COST FROM £216 ( train only )
The mountainous Graubunden region, bordered by Italy and Austria, is Switzerland’s epicentre of Winter sports and Summer walks. Packed with natural wonders, quaint towns clinging to Alpine heights , and winding river valleys, it’s a magical landscape of Roman settlements and spectacular scenery, roamed by ibex and dotted with ancient castles.
Take the train from London and visit the towns of Chur, St.Moritz and Davos, all within easy reach of Zurich which itself is just a few hours from Paris. The Ratische Bahn provides the leg of journey between Chur and St.Moritz and is amongst one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.
HOW TO BOOK
Lon 09.17 - 12.47 Paris GDN Paris GDL 14.23- 18.35 Zurich Zurich 19.12 - 20.43 Chur Chur 20.56 - 22. 58 St.Moritz
Zurich 19.37 - 21.57 Davos Platz
St.Mor 09.02 - 11.03 Chur Chur 11.08 - 12.23 Zurich Zurich 13.34 - 17.37 Paris GDL Paris GDN 19.13 - 20.41 London
Davos Platz 10.02 - 12.23 Zurich
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Booking train tickets across Europe isn't always simple. If you'd like to speak to a real human being who will take care of all your train tickets, accommodation and any passes we suggest that you call Ffestiniog Travel ( see blue box on right). They have over 40 years experience and all their profits go to supporting the Ffestioniog Railway in Porthmadog. Quote RRS0048 to get the best deals.
Train tickets are cheaper if the further in advance that you book them. Eurostar allows bookings up to 120 days ahead. Voyages SNCF sells tickets up to 90 days ahead.
Our contact at the Switzerland Travel Centre recommends that you book your hotel first if you want to get the best deals secured several months in advance.
OPEN THESE TABS
EUROSTAR ( London - Paris and London - Paris - Zurich)
VOYAGES SNCF ( Paris - Switzerland)
SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE (Swiss Passes)
BAHN.DE ( best for timetables, although you can't book online if not using a station in Germany. Use this if you want to select other times more convenient for your journey)
SBB ( Swiss Railways )
BOOKING.COM ( hotels in the Graubunden region )
1. OPEN EUROSTAR
You can now book your ticket all the way through to Zurich on the Eurostar website. You can also book from your UK departure point. This can be the easiest option and sometimes a few pounds cheaper that Voyages SNCF.
2. OPEN SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE
Choose your option for which Swiss Pass to buy if relevant.
Many people ask "Should I buy a Swiss Pass?". There is no easy answer to this because of the variables, you just have to do the maths. It all depends on what you intend to do once in Switzerland.
A Swiss Pass is best if you intend to do a lot of travelling around Switzerland, go to the museums and are travelling with children ( they travel free up to 15 if accompanied by an adult with a Swiss Pass).
There are other options such as the Swiss Transfer ticket ( perfect if you intend to just stay in, for instance, St.Moritz to ski) and a Half-Price Pass.
You can visit the Swiss Railway site to check prices between Swiss destinations. You can also buy online with them.
Zurich - Davos CHF106 return (approx £100) Zurich - Chur CHF 78 return (approx £53) Zurich - St.Moritz CHF 148.80 return (approx £100)
Children up to 16 pay half the adult fare.
EXAMPLE: FAMILY OF 4 WITH 2 KIDS UNDER 16
Without a pass - Swiss leg of journey from Zurich to St.Moritz
TOTAL CHF444 return (approx £300)
With Swiss 1/2 price passCHF120
Family of 4 with 2 kids under 16
Pass + tickets ( kids go for free )
TOTAL CHF 268.80 ( approx £181)
PASS IS CHEAPER
Swiss Transfer ticket ( one onward return journey to destination from point of entry into Switzerland CHF 139 (approx £94)
Pass x2 - kids are free.
TOTAL CHF 278 ( approx £187 )
PASS IS CHEAPER
Buy your Swiss Rail Tickets at SBB once you've chosen your pass.
IF BUYING A PASS YOU ONLY NEED TO PAY FOR A TICKET TO BASEL, THE ENTRY POINT INTO SWITZERLAND. THE PASS COVERS YOU FROM THEN ON. BOOK TO BASEL ONLY AND STAY IN YOUR SEAT UNTIL ZURICH.
There's plenty to do at Zurich station. Read our guide to Zurich station. Also, one of the most expensive streets in the world, Bahnhofstrasse, is right outside.
1. OPEN VOYAGES SNCF Book your return tickets from Paris to Zurich ( or Basel if buying a pass, see above)
2. Book your return tickets from London to Paris either on the Voyages SNCF site or on the EUROSTAR site.
3. OPEN SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE
Select your passes ( see above)
ONCE YOU'VE BOOKED YOUR TICKETS CHOOSE YOUR HOTEL. WE SUGGEST BOOKING.COM AS IT HAS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE LIST, IS FREE TO CANCEL AND MOSTLY HAS THE BEST PRICES.
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Go from the champagne bar of St Pancras to the heart of Paris in under three hours.
Check-in at The Eurostar terminal is smooth and simple, with e-ticket machines and a brisk security scan. Queues are usually short, though there may be a slight delay at rush-hour and weekends.
Check-in is open until 30 minutes before departure, and once checked in, there is a large passenger lounge with wifi and plug sockets, shops and cafes including WH Smith and Costa Coffee and comfortable seating, with a travelator which delivers passengers directly to the platform, and makes it easy to manoeuvre luggage. There’s also a lift if you prefer.
There is a buffet car on board the train, and an optional executive upgrade means food service at your table, a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket and free wifi.
The Eurostar sets off from the beautifully refurbished St Pancras station, speeds through the countryside and takes just twenty minutes to dash through the Channel Tunnel and emerge in France. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets trough Kent, beneath the channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport.
Leave in the morning and the Eurostar will pull into the Gare Du Nord two hours and fifteen minutes later, in time for lunch.
Embark the TGV Lyria train for Zurich.The interiors of these ultra modern trains were designed by Christain Lacroix. The seats are a wonderful mix of colours and so any trip back from the cafe bar which each train has, could be turned into a catwalk. These trains are amongst the fastest in the world, reaching speeds of 200mph and are said to be ten times better for the environment than flying. So, settle back in your designer seats and enjoy the ride.
Once you've arrived in Zurich it's time to catch your connection into the Graubunden region. The change at the atmospheric Zurich station is very simple, and there are plenty of cafes to sit in whilst you wait. The richest street in the world, Bahnhofstrasse, is right outside the station if you have time for a walk.
Take the train to Chur, St.Moritz or Davos Platz when it's time. The train between Chur and St.Moritz is provided by the Ratische Bahn narrow gauage railway and is one of the most scenic journeys in the world.
Zurich is also a great city and so you may wish to break your journey and stay overnight in this famous Swiss city.
Days 1 - 7
Explore the extraordinary region of Graubunden. Explore the delightful town of Chur or ski in the famous resorts of St. Moritz, Davos and Klosters. Although a cliche, the scenery really is breathtaking and you will have a truly memorable holiday in this famous Swiss Canton.
Leave your destination in the morning and take the train to Zurich. If you're travelling on the Rhatische Bahn railway this is the journey that will provide the greatest views as you're travelling in daylight.
Arrive at Zurich station in plenty of time for your onward connection to Paris. The cafes at Zurich station are excellent and the station often has events and art in the main concourse.
If you're coming from Gare de Lyon (or Gare D'Austerlitz and Gare Montparnase) you'll need at least 90 minutes to allow for check-in time at Gare du Nord. Gare De L'Est is much closer, just a 10 minute walk.
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