Fastest journey10hr 33m
Travelling from London to Zermatt by train
Fast trains from London to Zermatt take around 10 hours and 33 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 840 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Zermatt.
Are there direct trains from London to Zermatt?
Journeys between London and Zermatt usually involve 3 changes of train.
We usually find around 13 departures on the route from London 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 12 departures.
How long is the train journey from London to Zermatt?
The London to Zermatt train travel time is normally about 10 hours and 33 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
What are the London to Zermatt train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Zermatt is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 20:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 20:31.
When to book London to Zermatt train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 and a half 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 London to Zermatt by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Zermatt?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Zermatt, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Train Express Regional
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
The train journey from London to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Paris. It is necessary to change stations in the French capital for the onward TGV Lyria service to Lausanne in Switzerland. In Lausanne you transfer onto a Swiss InterRegio train for the journey to Visp where you join the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn (MGB) for the last hour up to Zermatt. There is some very fine mountain scenery on the latter part of this journey (viz. from Lausanne via Visp to Zermatt) so we suggest leaving London as early in the day as possible, if you want to make the most of the daylight for the views.
This route is the one taken by most travellers but there are other options. There are alternative routes from Paris to Zermatt via either Basel or Geneva, both giving a broadly similar travel time to the route via Lausanne.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Lausanne
Comfortable TGV Lyria trains serve the 480-km Paris to Lausanne route. These trains depart from the Gare de Lyon in the French capital and terminate at the main station in Lausanne, from where it is just five minutes on the Metro to either the city centre or down to the shores of Lake Geneva.
The journey starts with a high-speed dash to Dijon. The train then traverses increasingly hilly country on its way through the Jura to the Swiss border. Once in Switzerland, it takes just 35 minutes to reach Lausanne. There are normally four trains each day on this route, and the journey time is 3 hrs 40 mins. An extra train on certain days takes a completely different route, running via Mâcon and Geneva. It takes over four hours.
Lausanne to Visp
Swiss InterRegio trains run every half hour from Lausanne to Visp. The journey takes 90 to 100 minutes with trains making six to nine stops along the way. Leaving Lausanne, the railway skirts the beautiful Lavaux wine-growing region. Look out for great views across the lake to the Alps beyond. Just after leaving Montreux you’ll see the fortress of Château de Chillon. The route then follows the Rhône Valley upstream through vineyards and orchards to Visp with brilliant views on both sides of the train: the Pennine Alps to the south and the Bernese Oberland to the north.
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.