Furka Line steam train - Valais

Nostalgic journey with spectacular views

 
About Furka Line steam train

Available: end June - September.

Costs

Single journey: 2nd class £58, 1st class £97

Return journey: 2nd class £97, 1st class £160

This journey must be pre-booked with with us, as far in advance as possible.

This wonderful line stretching 17.8 km, is one of the most spectacular train routes in Switzerland. Originally built as part of the Glacier Express route over the Furka Pass it was replaced by a tunnel opened in 1982 which now allows the Glacier Express to operate all year.

With this section of line no longer needed, as all Glacier Express trains use the new tunnel, it was planned to close this section of the line. However, with fantastic local support, the Furka Pass and the cogwheel steam railway is once again available to enjoy.


Highlights

The scenic journey

This historical rolling stock now operates from Oberwald to Realp and passes the impressive Rhone Glacier which gave the original railway route the name ‘Glacier Express’.

The steam train starts in the Valais canton at Oberwald (1,366m) climbing to Gletsch station before continuing up and passing the view of the Rhone Glacier and the next stop at Muttbach-Belvédère. From here we enter the 1,874m long tunnel to the highest station at Furka 2,160m.

The train now starts its descent and crosses the Steinstafel viaduct to the last stop at Tiefenbach. Continue down over the Steffenbach folding bridge, which is dismantled each winter, through three tunnels and across Furkareuss river via the Wyler Bridge before arrival in Realp (1,546m) in the canton of Uri.

To enjoy this wonderful experience we recommend a stay in Brig or Andermatt. All tickets and reservations can be included in our arrangements.

Refreshments

On the Furka steam train, drinks are not sold during the train journey due to time and space constraints.

However, most trains stop at Furka station for 20 minutes and you can buy a drink from the station café. There is also a pleasant café bar at Realp railway station.

Timetable 2018

Friday, Saturday, Sunday mid June - early October

Daily mid July - mid August

Seat reservations are compulsory and early booking is recommended.

Main service

10.15 depart Realp - arrive 12.30 Oberwald

13.50 depart Oberwald - arrive 16.10 Realp

Alternative services may operate on certain dates.

Planning your journey

- Check the dates you are in Switzerland with timetable shown above
- Decide one way or return travel on the Furka Line (we can provide connecting ticket)
- Choose the number of nights in Brig or Andermatt
- 1st or 2nd class travel

Early booking is recommended


Directions

The closest Furka Line station to Brig is Oberwald - around 1 hr 20 minutes away on the mainline train, with departures every hour. 

For those staying in Andermatt, head for Realp station which is only 15 minutes away. 

More excursions in the region

The mountain excursions are second to none in this beautiful region. The excellent network of cable cars and funiculars will transport you to a wide choice of delightful sightseeing areas with spectacular views. Wherever you choose to visit, you will find unforgettable alpine landscapes.

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Your choice of resorts

Our Valais resorts include Zermatt and Saas-Fee, both picturesque villages perched high up in the Alps. Closer to sea level is the historic trading town of Brig, with access to scenic rail journeys, lovely walks and the amazing Aletsch Glacier. 

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