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Travelling by train from Geneva to Zermatt with SBB

Want to travel from Geneva to Zermatt by train? Start your journey with us!

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Zermatt is 4 hours and 5 minutes, with around 32 trains per day. However, you can get there in as little as 3 hours and 31 minutes on the fastest services operated by SBB.

As direct trains are not available on this route, you’ll need to change at least once along the way. Fancy travelling in style? Upgrade to SBB First Class and enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including at-seat catering service, business and quiet zones, and free WiFi.

The train journey from Geneva to Zermatt 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, plus you’ll get from one city centre to another without having to worry about traffic nor parking.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt and we’ll show you how much you can save if you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Geneva to Zermatt by train

It takes an average of 4h 4m to travel from Geneva to Zermatt by train, over a distance of around 78 miles (125 km). There are normally 33 trains per day travelling from Geneva to Zermatt and tickets for this journey start from €34.36 when you book in advance.

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Last train


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Journey time

From 3h 31m


78 miles (125 km)


33 trains per day


1 change


From €34.36

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Geneva to Zermatt train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Zermatt for Tuesday 4th April 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:29 12:14 3h 45m, 1 change
08:39 12:14 3h 35m, 2 changes
09:10 12:51 3h 41m, 1 change
09:29 13:14 3h 45m, 1 change
10:10 13:51 3h 41m, 1 change
10:29 14:14 3h 45m, 1 change
11:10 14:51 3h 41m, 1 change
11:29 15:14 3h 45m, 1 change
12:10 15:51 3h 41m, 1 change
12:39 16:10 3h 31m, 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).

Intercity and Eurocity classes from Geneva to Zermatt

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity and Eurocity when travelling from Geneva to Zermatt.

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt

The price of train tickets from Geneva to Zermatt starts at €34.36 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 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 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.

Travel around Switzerland by train

From lakes and mountains to some delicious fondue and chocolate, Switzerland has it all! Take a look at some of our inspirational guides below and travel around Switzerland with SBB trains this winter.

Go skiing from Geneva to Zermatt by train

Forget about traffic and the hassle of snow tires, jump on a train instead and make the most of your ski holiday.

In the shadow of the Matterhorn in the Saas Valley, Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts. Open all year, this car-free village offers up to 360km of ski runs at the height of the season, including 36km of black runs.

As only electric vehicles are allowed in the village, the best way to get to Zermatt is definitely by train. From Geneva, you can take one of SBB’s InterRegio (IR) trains and then change at least once – usually in Visp.

Take the 3S cable car from Zermatt

Once you get off your train in Zermatt, make sure you take the 3S cable car to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at the top of the Matterhorn for some breath-taking views.

The 3S cable car is one of the most spectacular cable cars in the world. One factor is its height alone: the top station is at 12,536 feet and is the highest in Europe! Visit the Ice Palace, a series of caves that are 15 metres below the surface.

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 4 minutes, with around 33 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 31 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Zermatt cost?

Train ticket prices from Geneva to Zermatt can start from as little as €34.36 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Zermatt for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/04/2023. 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 04/03/2019 for travel on 04/03/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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