Cheapest way to to Zermatt from Zurich or Geneva

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Sineadgalway
Sineadgalway
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Apr 14, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Hello, I’d be very grateful for any local knowledge into the best train tickets I should buy.

My husband and I are travelling to Switzerland at the end of June (arrive Saturday morning and leave Monday evening). We have booked a hotel in Zermatt and would like to buy the most economical train tickets to travel there. We won’t have time to visit any other places in Switzerland and will spend the whole trip in Zermatt. We can fly into either Zurich or Geneva airports.

Thank you so much for any advice you can share x

Steph
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Apr 14, 2019 - 4:32 PM in reply to Sineadgalway

Hello Sinedagalway and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

If you are really only looking for a ticket for this one journey you will want to consider the following two options:

Supersaver ticket, which is bound to fixed trains on a fixed route:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland

Or for more flexibility a Saver Day Pass, a kind of overall pass for Switzerland for one day.
- www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass
Check exact validity in the according section.

Both passes can sell out!

To check travelling times from either of the airports as well as find other helpful information use below links:
- www.myswissalps.com/ti metable
- www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt
- www.myswissalps.com/ai rports/zurich
- www.myswissalps.com/ai rports/geneva

Hope this helps.

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Apr 14, 2019 - 4:33 PM by Steph
Sineadgalway
Sineadgalway
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Apr 14, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Dear Steph,

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I will look through all the links you’ve added and see what I can find. Am I right in thinking we can get a direct train to Zermatt from both Zurich and Geneva airports? Is there one airport you would recommend?

Warmest wishes,

Sinead

Steph
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Apr 15, 2019 - 9:37 AM in reply to Sineadgalway

Hi Sinead,

You're welcome!

You will have to change trains arriving to Zermatt, both from Zurich Airport and from Geneva Airport there are NO direct trains. To check details please use the timetable link provided above.

Get back to us for any further input.

Happy planning.

Best,
Steph

Sineadgalway
Sineadgalway
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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Thank you again Steph, I had realised after I posted the last question that I wouldn’t be able to get a direct train from either airport.

I guess what I meant to ask is, would you recommend a train journey from Geneva or Zurich? Is one nicer than the other (train facilities and of course the scenic route).

I really appreciate your advice. This forum is so helpful.

Sinead x

Steph
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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:27 AM in reply to Sineadgalway

Hello again.. :)

I personally would say the journey from Geneva Airport along the Lake of Geneva is very scenic.
- www.myswissalps.com/la kegenevawest
- www.myswissalps.com/la kegeneva

If you travel from Zurich Airport you have the option of getting off at Bern, the capital, for some time and including this to your trip:
- www.myswissalps.com/be rn

Train facilities will be practically the same on both journeys.
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/practical
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/practical/traintyp es

So you see, the choice is yours!

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Apr 15, 2019 - 10:28 AM by Steph
Sineadgalway
Sineadgalway
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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:38 AM

That’s wonderful! Thank you again x

paddington
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Apr 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Are you looking at getting a Swiss travel pass to use in Zermatt as well as for travel to and from Zermatt?

Sineadgalway
Sineadgalway
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Apr 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Hello,

Would I need one? I had thought we would walk in Zermatt as the town is car free and everything is within walking distance?

Last modified on Apr 15, 2019 - 6:27 PM by Sineadgalway
Steph
Steph
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Apr 15, 2019 - 8:38 PM in reply to Sineadgalway

Hi Senadgalway,

If you are looking at the supersaver ticket and the Day Saver Pass I linked above then you don't need a Swiss Travel Pass, no!

If you're nevertheless interested in the Swiss Travel Pass use this link:
- www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass

Best,
Steph

paddington
paddington
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Apr 15, 2019 - 11:22 PM in reply to Sineadgalway

It really depends on what you want to do when you get there.

The day saver pass will not cover any mountain trains or cable cars. If you want to just walk around the town you will not need anything else. If you want to go up the little matterhorn or the gornergrat you would have to pay full price.

So for the saturday of your arrival the day saver pass will get you to Zermatt but you would have to pay for all the cablecars and trains once up in Zermatt.

A Swiss travel pass will give you free travel to and from Zermatt but will also give you 50% reduction on the price of the cablecars in Zermatt. You will have to work out which cable cars and trains you want to take once you are in Zermatt to see if it is worthwhile buying a Swiss Travel Pass. A three day swiss travel pass is 230 CHF - 76 CHF/day.

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