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.
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.§
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 Interlaken Ost and Zermatt is 2 hours and 14 minutes, with around 15 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 Interlaken Ost to Zermatt is 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt can start from as little as €28.97 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.
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.
The first train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leaves at 08:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt leaves at 17:00. 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.
Trains travelling from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt cover a distance of around 46 miles (75 km) during the journey.