How to reach Klein Matterhorn
Klein Matterhorn can be reached by gondola from Zermatt. Zermatt is car free and can be reached by train.
The route to Klein Matterhorn: all the details
The first part of your trip is getting to the car free resort of Zermatt. It can be reached by train as explained here.
From the rail station, follow the signs to the gondola station. This takes 20 minutes on foot. Alternatively, there are electric buses to get there.
The actual trip starts here, from the valley station, at an altitude of 1640 m. You will board the gondola to mid station Furi at 1867 m. The route crosses the forests and meadows just outside Zermatt.
In Furi, you need to change to a cable car. After bits of forests, the cable car will fly over a rough, rocky, high Alpine landscape. Then you will reach mid station Trockener Steg at 2939 m.
You need to change again to cover the final section: the cable car to Klein Matterhorn at 3883 m. For certain you will now feel that the thin air slows you down, and the temperature has dropped quite a bit! You've now reached the eternal snow of the Alps.
The entire ride from Zermatt takes about 45 minutes. The cable cars operate all year round, but like with any mountain transport, there are short periods of maintenance. In such a case, and in case of bad weather (mainly strong wind), cable cars may not operate.
Alternative route via Schwarzsee
Instead of the direct cable car from Furi to Trockener steg, you can also take the gondola from Furi to Schwarzsee, the little lake at the base of the Matterhorn. From there, another gondola takes you up to Trockener steg. These gondolas do not operate all year round, so do check the timetable.