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Taking the train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt

Catching the train from Interlaken Ost, you'll reach the famous ski resort of Zermatt in around two hours. About 50 miles separate these two gems of the Swiss Alps, and you'll probably end up covering the distance on a combination of national provider SBB's Intercity and Regional Express trains, with two changeovers along the way. Hearing that, driving might sound like a more straightforward option, but there's a snag in that Zermatt is a combustion engine-free zone, with only eco-friendly electric cars allowed within the town perimeter.

Zermatt sits at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, with funiculars and cable cars running regularly to popular ski areas like Sunnegga and Gornergrat. The main shopping district is right outside the railway station, and you can walk around the rest of the town with its cosy chalet-style architecture in half an hour or so, so you'll never miss the car.

Save yourself the stress and opt for the Swiss approach to the environment and reduce your carbon footprint by taking the train from Interlaken Ost (East) to Zermatt. Still not convinced? Scroll down for FAQs and more information.

Interlaken Ost to Zermatt by train

First train

05:58

Last train

21:00

Departure station

Interlaken Ost

Arrival station

Zermatt

Journey time

From 2h 6m

Distance

46 miles (75 km)

Frequency

22 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Interlaken Ost to Zermatt train times

Check out the next trains departing from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt for Tuesday 28th May 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:00 11:14 2h 14m, 2 changes
10:08 12:14 2h 6m, 2 changes
10:30 12:51 2h 21m, 2 changes
11:00 13:14 2h 14m, 2 changes
12:00 14:14 2h 14m, 2 changes
12:30 14:51 2h 21m, 2 changes
13:08 15:14 2h 6m, 2 changes
14:00 16:14 2h 14m, 2 changes
14:30 16:51 2h 21m, 2 changes
15:08 17:14 2h 6m, 2 changes

SBB trains from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt

You can travel from Interlaken Ost 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 Interlaken Ost to Zermatt

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

Onboard services on Intercity and Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family carriage.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle onboard SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

InfoInfoOther

There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike onboard SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when travelling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet onboard, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.

InfoInfoOther

There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt

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 Interlaken Ost 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Interlaken Ost 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 Interlaken Ost to Zermatt take?

The average journey time by train between Interlaken Ost and Zermatt is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with around 22 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 Interlaken Ost and Zermatt by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt is 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt?

No, there are no direct train services from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt. Travelling from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leave?

The first train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leaves at 05:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leave?

The last train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leaves at 21:00. 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 Interlaken Ost and Zermatt by train?

Trains travelling from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt cover a distance of around 46 miles (75 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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