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Traveling from Nice to Zermatt by train

Looking to travel from Nice to Zermatt by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 13 hours 12 minutes to travel from Nice to Zermatt by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 9 hours 1 minute though. You'll usually find 12 trains per day running along the 262 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 3 changes during the journey to Zermatt, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You'll be traveling with TGV, SNCF or Trenitalia on your way to Zermatt, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Nice to Zermatt start from $67.47 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Zermatt by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Nice to Zermatt by train

It takes an average of 13h 12m to travel from Nice to Zermatt by train, over a distance of around 163 miles (262 km). There are normally 12 trains per day traveling from Nice to Zermatt and tickets for this journey start from $67.47 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 9h 1m


163 miles (262 km)


12 trains per day


3 changes


From $67.47

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Trenitalia, SNCF, SBB CFF FFS

Nice to Zermatt train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nice to Zermatt for Tuesday Apr 4th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:50 17:14 10h 24m, 5 changes
08:50 17:51 9h 1m, 3 changes
09:20 20:14 10h 54m, 5 changes
10:28 21:14 10h 46m, 4 changes
12:50 22:48 9h 58m, 3 changes
14:50 05:35 14h 45m, 4 changes
15:50 09:14 17h 24m, 7 changes
16:50 09:51 17h 1m, 3 changes
17:20 09:51 16h 31m, 4 changes
17:50 10:51 17h 1m, 5 changes

TGV, Trenitalia, TER and SNCF trains from Nice to Zermatt

You can travel from Nice to Zermatt on TGV, Trenitalia, TER and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

TGV INOUI classes from Nice to Zermatt

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI when traveling from Nice to Zermatt.

Cheap train tickets from Nice to Zermatt

The price of train tickets from Nice to Zermatt starts at $67.47 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Nice to Zermatt by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Nice to Zermatt

Want to know more about your journey from Nice to Zermatt? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Nice to Zermatt take?

The average journey time by train between Nice and Zermatt is 13 hours and 12 minutes, with around 12 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Nice and Zermatt by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nice to Zermatt is 9 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Nice to Zermatt cost?

Train tickets from Nice to Zermatt can start from as little as $67.47 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Nice to Zermatt?

No, there are no direct train services from Nice to Zermatt. Travelling from Nice to Zermatt by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

What time does the first train from Nice to Zermatt leave?

The first train from Nice to Zermatt leaves at 05:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Nice to Zermatt leave?

The last train from Nice to Zermatt leaves at 20:20. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Nice and Zermatt by train?

Trains travelling from Nice to Zermatt cover a distance of around 163 miles (262 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zermatt to Nice.

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