Feb 4, 2013 - 1:05 PM
I have researched this extensively as we are spending a week in Zermatt arriving Feb. 22. (our 6th ski trip to Zermatt in the past 10 years). Here is what you do. YES, the Swiss Transfer Ticket is what you want, it will save you approx. $175 (us) over a regular ticket w/ a half fare card. Purchase if from SBB.CH, here is the link as it is very hard to find on their website (this is the official Swiss Rail Site. http://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/holidays--short-breaks-in-switzerland/swisstravelsystem/swisstravelsystem-buchung.html
COST: 180 Euro for adults, 90 Euro for Children (1st class). Add $15.00 Euro for delivery charge (total not per ticket). Also here is what is important, ALL travelers must travel at the same time. Once you start your train travel, you must complete your one-way journey on the same day via the most direct route. And yes, it does include all the way from Zurich to Zermatt (via VISP) where you will board the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway that delivers you to Zermatt. The other train that departs Zermatt up to the top of the ski mountain is the Gornergrat, (it is not covered under the transfer ticket) when you buy your ski lift tickets, you can use the Gornergrat as well as the ski lifts. I previously mentioned the $15.00 delivery charge...YOU MUST BUY THIS TICKET BEFORE YOU GO TO SWITZERLAND, it can not be purchased once you are there as this ticket is ONLY for tourists (non Swiss Citizens). I am electing to pay the $15.00 delivery fee and pick my tickets up at the Zurich Airport Rail Office and not have them mailed to me, mailing was more expensive, select the airport delivery option when purchasing. All Travelers must be present with Passport when you pick up the tickets as they will be validated with your passport number and have the date your trip starts noted. I hope this helps.