Deals of the Week: Take the slow Swiss train; From Dee to Dublin
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Wednesday 04 December 2002
The Glacier-Express traverses the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to St-Moritz, on a seven-and-a-half-hour journey that passes through seven valleys and 91 tunnels.
Is this the slowest express train in the world? The Glacier-Express traverses the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to St-Moritz, on a seven-and-a-half-hour journey that passes through seven valleys and 91 tunnels. The line is 291km (180 miles) long, with one bridge for each kilometre of its length. The highest it climbs is 2,033m (6,670ft). The best deal for travelling on it is the Flexipass, booked through the Switzerland Travel Centre (00800 1002 0030, www.myswitzerland.com), which gives three days' unlimited travel on Swiss trains for £104, falling to £87 per person if two travel together. In addition, you must reserve seats, and pay a nominal supplement, for the privately run Glacier-Express. You can find more information, in English, at the website www.glacierexpress.ch/e.
"This is an eight-hour crossing. This vessel has limited passenger facilities. There are no lifts to the main passenger area and access is by a staircase which may be unsuitable for the infirm, disabled or young children. On-board facilities consist of one main lounge." That is how P&O Irish Sea Ferries (0870 2424 777, www.poirishsea.com) sells its ferry trips to Dublin from Mostyn, a port on the Dee Estuary, between Chester and Rhyl. But if you feel strong enough to put up with the inconveniences, the fares around Christmas look good value: £79 for a three-day return between now and 6 January.
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