Fastest journey3hr 9m
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).
There is an hourly direct train from Zurich Airport to Visp. The 228-kilometre journey takes about 2 hrs 20 mins. 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.
Tickets for your train journey from Zurich Airport to Zermatt normally go on sale two months in advance. Tickets sold through Loco2 for this journey are at a fixed price so there is no real advantage in booking ages in advance. 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 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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