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How to get from Zürich Airport to Zermatt

Nestled in the Valais canton of Switzerland, Zermatt is a snowy resort town known for its incredible skiing, hiking and climbing. The main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is like something out of a winter wonderland movie, with boutique cafes, quaint restaurants and outdoor skating rinks. After a long day on the slopes, you can relax with the locals for a bit of après-ski, something Zermatt is famous for. 

Unlike most other destinations in Switzerland, there’s no way to take a local taxi from Zurich Airport to Zermatt. So, if you wish to use private transport for this journey, you will need to book in advance with a trusted company such as Welcome Pickups. In that case, due to Zermatt being car-free, your driver would be able to take you to Täsch, 5 km from Zermatt, from where you’d then take a 12-minute shuttle train to your destination.

The other option is to take the train from Zurich Airport to Zermatt. The train journey will take around 3 hours and 30 minutes and will cost €96.55.

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Train €193.10 210min 05:38–23:45

How to get from Zurich Airport to Zermatt by train?

There’s a Zurich Airport to Zermatt train that runs daily. The journey time will be approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, however, the trains aren’t direct and have up to 3 changes so this journey time may vary.

You will first need to take the S7 train from Zurich Airport to Zurich HB train station, then take the IC1 train from there to Bern, the next train will be the IC6 to Visp, and finally, the RE42 to Zermatt. Although the number of changes varies depending on the time you’re travelling, this is the most common route.

How much is the Zurich Airport to Zermatt train?

A one-way ticket on the train from Zurich Airport to Zermatt will cost around €96.55. However, if you pre-book your tickets you may be able to save on the cost.



Trip Duration

3 Hrs 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 40 minutes between trains.

Value for Money

The train from Zurich Airport to Zermatt runs from 05:38 to 23:45.

Where do I find the train at Zurich Airport?

The Zurich Airport train station is located underneath the main passenger terminal. You can reach the train platform by taking either the elevator or escalator down to the lower level of the airport.


If you’re trying to save on your transfer from Zurich Airport to Zermatt, taking the train is a good option. However, you will need to make multiple train changes, which can be complicated if you have large luggage items or small children with you.

Editor’s Note

Be sure to keep an eye on the train timetable from Zermatt to Zurich Airport, and vice versa, as some trains have lots more changes than others.

Useful Tips

Booking your train tickets in advance can help you save money on your ticket.
There are small luggage racks at the end of each train car.
Your train can have 2 to 3 changes, depending on the line you choose to travel on.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Zurich Airport to Zermatt?

To get from Zurich Airport to Zermatt, you can either take the train or book your transfer with a private company. The journey time on the train will be around 3 hours and 30 minutes and the cost of a one-way ticket will be €96.55. On the other hand, the drive to Täsch is about 4 hours long; you’d need to complete your journey using a 12-minute shuttle train from Täsch train station, as Zermatt is car-free.

How far is Zermatt from Zurich Airport?

The distance from Zurich Airport to Zermatt is 254 km, it will take you around 4 hours in a private vehicle and 3 hours and 30 minutes if you choose to take the train.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Zurich Airport to Zermatt?

The local taxis at Zurich Airport don’t cover the route to Zermatt, you will need to book a private transfer in advance or use the train.

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