Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn:
The heart of regional transport in Upper Valais
The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGBahn) can look back on what is still a relatively short history. It is the history of its predecessor companies, however, that has bestowed a rich railway tradition on the MGBahn. The rail company, which was created on 1 January 2003 from the merger of the BVZ Zermatt-Bahn and the Furka Oberalp Bahn and has been a subsidiary of BVZ Holding since then, opened up the 144-km-long section from Zermatt to Disentis and from Andermatt to Göschenen. The route, located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, climbs a total of 3300 metres in altitude, passes through 49 tunnels and galleries, crosses 60 bridges and connects 44 stations and stops. More than six million passengers use the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn each year – the majority with Zermatt as their destination. The MGBahn has approximately 525 employees and operates the Glacier Express in cooperation with the Rhaetian Railway.
The most exciting train in the Alps
In the medium term, the MGBahn wants to become the market leader in public transport in Upper Valais, Urserental and the upper Surselva. Together with the Gornergrat Railway, the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has set itself the long-term goal of becoming the most exciting train in the Alps.
The BVZ Zermatt-Bahn and the Furka Oberalp Bahn, which have merged with the MGBahn, are successful traditional Swiss narrow gauge railways that have won the hearts of rail enthusiasts all over the world. The ambitious goals of the MGBahn are rooted in this strong tradition. Large projects such as the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch, the Visp railway station as a full hub and the Brig east exit are key projects for the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The expansion within the regional transport network and a simultaneous further development of tourism services are also creating a basis for continued improvements to quality and increased efficiency.