Lake Geneva is one of the top tourist attractions, bringing visitors far and wide. So, when travelling from Geneva to Zermatt, make the most of your journey, with uninterrupted views from the ease of your train carriage.
The three-and-a-half-hour journey scales the coast of Lake Geneva, shuttling through Lausanne past the mountain peaks and down to Zermatt. It’s the perfect way to take in all the scenery, without having to stop every few minutes for a selfie! The drive may be a little quicker, but it’s not for the faint hearted with windy roads and crisp weather.
Offering a relaxing journey, SBB is the main provider, with a quick change required, usually in Visp. Running from 04:51 until 23:22, there are around 35 trains a day servicing the route. Whatever you decide, check out the information below to help you on your way.
The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).
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 Geneva to Zermatt by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Geneva and Zermatt is 4 hours and 12 minutes, with around 35 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Zermatt is 3 hours and 35 minutes.
Train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt can start from as little as €34.36 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Geneva to Zermatt. Travelling from Geneva to Zermatt by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Geneva to Zermatt leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Geneva to Zermatt leaves at 23:20. 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.
Trains travelling from Geneva to Zermatt cover a distance of around 78 miles (125 km) during the journey.