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Zurich to Zermatt by train
Fastest journey3hr 9m
Trains per day14
Avg. journey time5hr 1m
Travelling from Zurich to Zermatt by train
Fast trains from Zurich to Zermatt take around 3 hours and 9 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 162 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Zurich and Zermatt.
1. Are there direct trains from Zurich to Zermatt?
Journeys between Zurich and Zermatt usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 25 departures on the route from Zurich to Zermatt every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 24 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Zurich to Zermatt?
The Zurich to Zermatt train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 9 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Zurich to Zermatt train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Zermatt is usually scheduled to depart Zurich around 05:38 and the last train is around 00:02. This is the same at the weekend.
What's the Zurich to Zermatt train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Zurich to Zermatt are $135.87.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $140, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.
When to book Zurich to Zermatt train tickets?
Trains in Switzerland usually open for booking around 2 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Zurich to Zermatt by train.
Which train companies operate between Zurich and Zermatt?
More than one train company operates on the route from Zurich to Zermatt, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Inter City
- Regional Express
- Regional train
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
Other journeys to Zermatt View all journeys to Zermatt
Intercity & Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn
It is a very easy transfer by train from Zurich Airport to Zermatt. The tickets we sell for this route are completely flexible and can be used on any train within one month of the date of the ticket. So you don’t need to worry about being tied to a particular train if your flight is delayed. If your journey to Zermatt starts in Zurich city centre, you can hop on the same train at Zurich’s main station (Zurich HB).
You’ll see a fine feast of Swiss scenery on the way. At Visp you change onto a narrow-gauge train of the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn for the last hour of the journey. That train climbs up out of the Rhône Valley to Zermatt.
Bear in mind that we issue paper tickets for this journey, so book at least ten days prior to travel so that we can post your tickets to you.
Zurich Airport to Visp
Comfortable Intercity trains run direct from Zurich Airport to Visp. Many of these trains have a restaurant car on board, so you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on your journey. The train leaves from the underground platforms at Zurich Airport station (which is well-signed from the terminal). The route runs via Zurich city centre and the Swiss capital Berne.
Running south from Berne, there are fine views of the Thuner See to the left before the train plunges into the 34-kilometre long Lötschberg Base Tunnel to Visp. Most trains on this route make four intermediate stops between Zurich Airport and Visp.
Visp to Zermatt
Trains of the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn leave for Zermatt from platform 3 at Visp station. Services run every half hour during the day, but only hourly (or even less) in the evenings. The 36-kilometre journey takes 65 to 70 minutes. Sounds slow? Once you see the difficult terrain, you’ll understand why. This is a very challenging mountain route.
There are six intermediate stations between Visp and Zermatt, though at two of these the train stops only upon request. Zermatt station is an extraordinary supersized Swiss chalet – a nice introduction to the surreal circus of Zermatt life.
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