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From Geneva to Zermatt by train

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.

Geneva to Zermatt by train

It takes an average of 4h 12m to travel from Geneva to Zermatt by train, over a distance of around 78 miles (125 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Geneva to Zermatt and tickets for this journey start from €34.36 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 35m
Price€34.36 - €90.43
Distance78 miles (125 km)
Frequency35 trains per day
Departure stationGeneva
Arrival stationZermatt
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Geneva to Zermatt train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Zermatt for Tuesday 18th Aug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:39 13:14 3h 35m, 2 changes
10:12 13:51 3h 39m, 1 change
10:30 14:14 3h 44m, 1 change
11:12 14:51 3h 39m, 1 change
11:30 15:14 3h 44m, 1 change
12:12 15:51 3h 39m, 1 change
12:30 16:14 3h 44m, 1 change
13:12 16:51 3h 39m, 1 change
13:30 17:14 3h 44m, 1 change
14:12 17:51 3h 39m, 1 change

SBB trains from Geneva to Zermatt

You can travel from Geneva to Zermatt on SBB 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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt

Train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt start at €34.36 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €78.15.
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avg. single price78.15

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 Geneva 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Geneva 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 Geneva to Zermatt take?

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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Zermatt is 3 hours and 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Zermatt cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Zermatt?

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.

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

The first train from Geneva to Zermatt leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

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

Trains travelling from Geneva to Zermatt cover a distance of around 78 miles (125 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zermatt to Geneva.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Zermatt for a typical week day using timetable data for 18/08/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 03/04/2019 for travel on 03/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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