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Complete Guide: How To Get To Zermatt

by Melissa Giroux | Last updated Feb 25, 2023 | Europe , Switzerland , Travel Tips

There are many ways to get to Zermatt ; the best way for you will depend on your starting point.

In our guide, you’ll find tips for arriving in Zermatt depending on location and transport.

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It’s important to know that Zermatt is a car-free village, so once you arrive in Zermatt, you’ll be relying on public transport or your own two feet to get around.

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How To Get To Zermatt By Car

If you’re driving to Zermatt, you’ll have to park your car in Tash, the nearest town.

From Matterhorn Terminal Täsch, you can take a train to Zermatt. It costs around EUR 8 for a one-way ticket, and the train leaves every 20 minutes or so. The train ride takes around 15 minutes to reach Zermatt.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi.

There are two main options for parking in Tash:

  • The Matterhorn Terminal (a bit more expensive, but next to the train station)
  • Private parking in the area (a bit cheaper, but further)

How To Get To Zermatt By Train

If you’re coming from Europe, taking the train to Zermatt is easy.

The final destination is called Bahnhofplatz Zermatt. To go there, you have a few options:

  • Take a train from a major city, and change to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn for Zermatt in Visp
  • Take the Glacier Express from St. Moritz, Davos, or Chur

You can browse your options easily on Omio .

Zermatt train

How To Get To Zermatt By Plane

The closest airport to Zermatt is in Sion, but there are no direct flights from outside of Switzerland.

The best way to get to Zermatt from the airport is to take a train or bus to Visp and then take a local train from there.

If you’re flying into Geneva, you can take a train to Zermatt, but the journey takes about 4 hours. If you’re flying into Zurich, the train can take 3-4 hours.

You can browse train tickets on Omio .

Nearest Airports To Zermatt

Below, you’ll find the nearest airports to Zermatt.

You can either rent a car and drive it to Zermatt or take the train.

  • Sion Airport (around 2 hours away by train)
  • Geneva Airport (around 4-5 hours away by train)
  • Zurich Airport (around 3-4 hours away by train)
  • Bern Airport (around 2-3 hours away by train)

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Best Way To Get To Zermatt

If you’re searching for the most convenient way to reach Zermatt, we recommend you drive to Tash, park the car, and take the train.

Alternatively, take the train to Tash or Visp and eventually get to Zermatt with the shuttle train.

Staying In Zermatt?

Make sure to book a stay in one of the best hotels in Zermatt. Best hostel: Zermatt Youth Hostel Best mid-range hotel: Studio Omis Best luxury hotel: Swiss Alpine Hotel Allalin

Tips For Getting Around Zermatt

Once you arrive in Zermatt, you’ll rely on public transport or your two feet to get around.

The best way to get around Zermatt is by taking electric taxis or buses. They cover most of the village.

Alternatively, you could rent a bicycle to get around. If you don’t mind walking, you can reach most places easily on foot.

If you’re staying in one of the hotels near the Matterhorn, you can take the cable car.

Why Is Zermatt Car-Free

Zermatt is car-free because the authorities want to preserve the area and prevent pollution. This is a great way to promote sustainability too.

In fact, Zermatt has been car-free for as long as anyone can remember.

The road from Täsch to Zermatt is closed to regular traffic, making Zermatt an even more unique place.

Final Thoughts On Reaching Zermatt, Switzerland

There are many ways to get to Zermatt, but the best way will depend on your starting point.

You can either drive to Tash and take the train or fly into one of the nearby airports and take the train from there.

Visiting Switzerland soon? Make sure to read one of the following guides:

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Getting to Zermatt is quite convenient, the resort is located just a couple hours away from three major hubs: Geneva, Zurich and Milan. Geneva is the most convenient and just over two hours from Zermatt, receiving international flights daily. Both Geneva and Zurich are well integrated with the Swiss railway, so there’s really no need to rent a car on a Zermatt ski vacation, especially since the resort is car-free. Cars are not permitted within the last four miles of the resort, and must be parked. Cars are charged a night rate to park, and guests then have to transfer to a train for the last couple miles. So instead, take the celebrated Swiss railway. Traveling by train is not only ideal because of convenience and promptness—hourly connections run to Zermatt for all major gateways—but you can truly begin your ski vacation as soon as you board and sit down. The views are breathtaking.

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20 Amazing Things to Do in Zermatt, Switzerland

Julie Last updated: November 28, 2023 Switzerland 41 Comments

Best Things to do in Zermatt Switzerland Matterhorn

Zermatt is an idyllic mountain village tucked away in the Swiss Alps. The mighty Matterhorn dominates the skyline, creating one of the most unique alpine landscapes in Europe. Explore the hiking trails, journey up higher into the mountains by cable car and train, stroll the scenic streets of Zermatt, and go skiing all year long. Here are the best things to do in Zermatt.

We love Zermatt and have been here multiple times. On our most recent visit, we visited Zermatt in July 2022. Between late July and early August, we hiked the Walker’s H aute Route, a 14 day trek that starts in Chamonix, France and ends in Zermatt, Switzerland. For those who like the idea of a multi-day hiking adventure, hiking up and over mountain passes, visiting hamlets and quaint towns, and seeing a less touristy side of Switzerland, the Haute Route is an experience to consider. 

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Interesting Facts about Zermatt

Zermatt is a car-free town. Most people get here by train and once here, you will get around by walking or taking the e-Bus or an e-Taxi.

Skiing, hiking, and mountaineering is what brings most visitors to Zermatt. You know that this is a big hiking destination when you have an enormously long list of hiking trails right in the center of town.

Zermatt Hiking Sign

There are three main mountain peaks to visit from Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Gornergrat, and Rothorn . Visit all three or pick your favorite. We cover all of these later in this article.

With its unique pyramidal shape, the Matterhorn is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. It sits right on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The summit is 4,478 meters (14,692 feet) high, making this one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.

If you have mountaineering experience, you can climb Matterhorn. This typically takes two days, with an overnight stay in Hornli Hut. Roughly 150 people per day climb the Matterhorn in the summer months.

Best Things to Do in Zermatt

1. enjoy the view of the matterhorn.

Since the Matterhorn has such a prominent position over the town of Zermatt, you can see it from almost anywhere. Whether you are walking through the city streets or riding a cable car up into the mountains, there it will be, the mighty Matterhorn.

You can even book a hotel with a view of the Matterhorn. It’s awesome to be able to start and end your day with a view like this.

Best things to do in Zermatt Matterhorn View

View from the Panorama Ski Lodge | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

At the end of this article we have hotel recommendations. On our first visit to Zermatt, we stayed at the Panorama Ski Lodge and had a great experience. The view of the Matterhorn from our apartment was simply amazing.

On our most recent visit, we stayed at the Matterhorn Lodge. From our apartment, we had a very nice view of the Matterhorn and Parish Church of St. Mauritius (the church in the town center). This hotel is located in the center of Zermatt so it’s a quick walk to almost anything in town.

Here are our favorite viewpoints of the Matterhorn:

  • On the hiking trail from Gornergrat to Riffelberg
  • From the Gornergrat railway
  • On the trail to the Hornlihütte
  • The Sunnegga Viewpoint
  • From a restaurant in Findeln
  • From Stellisee
  • On the Matterhorn Glacier Trail

2. Sunnegga Viewpoint

From the Sunnegga Viewpoint, you get a great view of the Matterhorn.

Sunnegga View of Matterhorn

View of the Matterhorn from Sunegga Viewpoint | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

This is easy to get to and a visit here can easily be combined with Rothorn and the walk to Stellisee. If you are looking for a high alpine view of the Matterhorn without investing a lot of time or money, this is your best option.

Getting Here: The Sunnegga funicular station sits next to the Vispa River. On Google Maps, it is called Sunnegga Blauherd Rothorn Funicular. Ride the funicular to the Sunnegga viewpoint (about 8 minutes). For more information on the route, read our Sunnegga – Blauherd – Rothorn Guide.

Cost: CHF 20 one way; CHF 28.50 return ticket; these prices are for the summer months (July 1 to August 31), prices are slightly cheaper the remainder of the year

Website: Get updated prices and buy your tickets online here. 

The view from Rothorn is one of the most spectacular in Zermatt. It looks similar to the view from Sunnegga, only now you are much higher, so you can look out across the Alps.

View from Rothorn Zermatt

The view from Rothorn | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Getting Here: It is a 3-part journey to get here. Start with the funicular to Sunnegga. From Sunnegga, ride the gondola to Blauherd. From Blauherd, ride the cable car to Rothorn.

Cost: CHF 53 one way; CHF 81.50 return ticket; these prices are for the summer months (July 1 to August 31); prices are slightly cheaper the remainder of the year

Website: Get updated prices and buy your tickets online here.

4. Hike from Blauherd to Stellisee (and Skip the Five Lakes Trail)

Before our visit to Zermatt, I kept reading about a wonderful walk called the Five Lakes Trail (5-Seenweg).

This is one of the most popular hikes in Zermatt. With a visit to five alpine lakes and endless views of the Matterhorn, it sounded awesome.

So, we did it. And then wondered what all of the hype was about.

It started off great. From Blauherd (the middle station on the way up to Rothorn), we walked to Stellisee . The views of the Matterhorn from the far side of the lake were spectacular.

Zermatt Stellisee Hike

Stellisee and the Matterhorn | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Five Lakes Trail Zermatt best things to do in Zermatt

View along the Five Lakes Trail. On the opposite hillside, you can see the trail.

However, the rest of the walk was monotonous. We walked on boring, gravel roads and dirt trails through the woods and visited four more lakes. But after Stellisee, these lakes were a let-down. Honestly, once we got to third lake, we couldn’t wait for this hike to be over.

For more details on the hike, read our post The Five Lakes Trail (5-Seenweg)…Is it Worth It?

Our recommendation is to walk from Blauherd to Stellisee, turn around, and retrace your steps back to the Blauherd station. You’ll get the best views and it won’t take much of your time (3 km; 2 miles long and takes about an hour).

The Five Lakes Trail is 9.8 km (6.1 miles) long and takes 3 hours.

Getting Here: Ride the funicular to Sunnegga and the gondola to Blauherd. The hike starts at the Blauherd station.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: For the best Rothorn experience, I recommend visiting Sunnegga, the Rothorn summit, and the hike to Stellisee all on the same visit. Purchase return tickets to Rothorn (CHF 81.50 in the summer) and visit these three places in any order you like. A visit to all three will take roughly 3 hours.

5. Ride a Mountain Cart

For a few minutes of pure fun, rent a mountain cart and ride it down the mountain.

Zermatt Mountaincart

Riding a mountain cart from Blauherd to Sunnegga | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

A mountain cart is a three-wheeled cart, similar to a go-kart, but there is no motor and no pedals (there are hand brakes). Gravity pulls you down the mountain and all you have to do is steer it and enjoy the view.

We rented a mountain cart at the Blauherd station and rode it to Sunnegga. It’s tons of fun and the views are incredible.

You can rent a mountain cart for a one-way journey or spend an hour or two, riding the cart from Blauherd to Sunnegga and the gondola from Sunnegga to Blauherd, making loops up and down the mountain.

6. Gornergrat and the Hike to Riffelberg

This was our favorite experience in Zermatt. If you only have time for one alpine excursion and you want jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn, put Gornergrat on your list.

From start to finish, this is an amazing experience.

From the town of Zermatt, ride the very scenic Gornergrat railway to Gornergrat. Along the way, you are treated to some of the best views of the town (sit on the right side of the train for the best view).

Zermatt View

Zermatt seen from the Gornergrat Railway | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Once in Gornergrat, enjoy the view. Not only can you see the Matterhorn but you can see the second largest glacier in the Alps (Gorner Glacier) and Switzerland’s highest peak (Dufourspitze).

Best things to do in Zermatt Gornergrat

Gornergrat | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

From Gornergrat, you can take the train back to Zermatt, or you can hike the amazing trail to Riffelberg. It’s an easy, downhill walk so it’s great for all ages and ability levels.

Here are the views along the trail.

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Hiking to Riffelsee | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Best things to do in Zermatt Family Photo

Hiking to Riffelberg | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

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Hiking to Riffelberg | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Once in Riffelberg, take the cable car (Riffelberg Express) or the Gornergrat railway back to Zermatt.

The visit to Gornergrat and the hike to Riffelberg takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Your transportation will cost CHF 102.50 in the summer months.

For full details on how to do this, read our article How to Visit Gornergrat and Hike to Riffelsee and Riffelberg . It has maps, details on how to use the trains and cable cars, with tips on how to add on Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

7. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is an alpine wonderland of ski slopes, panoramic vistas, ice carvings, and a unique view of the Matterhorn.

This is the location of the highest cable car station in Europe, at 3,883 meters (12,739 feet). This is considerably higher than Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland (3,566 meters, 11,371 feet).

From here, enjoy the views from the viewing platform. You get 360° views of the Alps and on a crystal-clear day you can see Mont Blanc in France and Gran Paradiso in Italy. Now that you are looking at the south face of the Matterhorn, it looks totally different from the classic views from Zermatt and Gornergrat.

Swiss Alps View best things to do in Zermatt

View from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise View

Matterhorn is the triangular shaped mountain…it looks a lot different from this perspective, right?

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Other things to do include seeing the ice carvings in Glacier Palace, skiing, or joining a guided hike of Breithorn.

Getting Here: It’s a series of gondolas and cable cars to get to Glacier Paradise. From Zermatt, on the southern end of town, ride the gondola to Furi, stay on the gondola to continue to Schwarzsee, and take a second gondola to Trockener Steg. From here, ride the almost brand new cable car to the summit.

Cost: CHF 78 one way; CHF 120 round trip; these prices are for the summer months (July 1 to August 31); prices are slightly cheaper the remainder of the year 

Website: Get updated prices and buy your tickets online on the official website here. Tickets can also be purchased through GetYourGuide , and tickets purchased on the GetYourGuide website can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance with a full refund.

LEARN MORE: How to Visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise …and Is It Worth It?

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Riding the cable car from Furi to Schwarzsee | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

8. Summit Breithorn

If you are looking to add a real adventure onto your trip to Zermatt, climb to the summit of Breithorn. This is considered to be one of the easiest 4,000-meter mountains to climb in the region. To do this, you do need to be in excellent shape and have prior mountain hiking experience.

Breithorn

Breithorn | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

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The top of Breithorn | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Breithorn Climb

View from the top of Breithorn | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

This hike starts and ends at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. It takes roughly 3 hours. The hike is 5.7 km (3.5 miles) round trip with an elevation gain of 407 meters (1,335 feet).

We summitted Breithorn in August 2022 and it is a spectacular adventure! Hiking across the snow-covered landscape and gazing out over the Swiss Alps is an unforgettable experience.

For more information, read our article How to Climb the Breithorn.

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9. Go Skiing 365 Days of the Year

Zermatt is Switzerland’s highest ski resort. With slopes that are open year round, you can even ski during the warmest days in summer.

At Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the ski slopes remain open 365 days per year, making this a very popular place for the world’s national ski teams to train during the summer months.

Glacier Paradise View best things to do in Zermatt

View from Kleine Matterhorn. Below, you can see the ski slopes.

During the winter months, many more slopes around Zermatt are open. The main ski season runs from early December through the end of April.

10. Hike to Hörnlihütte

Distance: 8.5 km (5.25 miles) out-and-back | Total Ascent: 725 meters (2,380 feet) | Difficulty: Strenuous | Time: 4 hours

The Hörnlihütte hike is one of our favorite hikes in Zermatt.

The Hörnlihütte (Hörnli Hut) is a lodge built at the base of the Matterhorn. For thrill seeking rock-climbers, the Hörnlihütte marks the start of the ascent up to the peak of the Matterhorn. Even if you do not wish to stand on top of the Matterhorn, simply hiking to and from the Hörnlihütte makes for an unforgettable day hike.

For avid hikers, this trail is a must while in Zermatt. On the trail, you are surrounded by snow covered peaks, Breithorn and Klein Matterhorn are visible in the distance, and Zermatt can be seen far below. All the while the Matterhorn grows larger as you head towards this iconic, jagged mountain.

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Along the trail, you will walk on platforms like this one | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Matterhorn Hornlihutte Trail | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

On the trail to Hörnlihütte | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Hornlihutte | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

Hörnlihütte | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

For more great hikes to do in Zermatt, check out our Zermatt Hiking Guide.

11. Hike the Matterhorn Glacier Trail

The Matterhorn Glacier Trail is one of the easiest and most scenic hikes to do in Zermatt. This point-to-point trail weaves its way between alpine lakes and along the way you get up close views of the Matterhorn. Since it is done one-way and is a mostly downhill hike, this is a great trail for all ages and ability levels.

Matterhorn Glacier Trail Zermatt

View of the Matterhorn on the Matterhorn Glacier Trail | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

This hike is 7 km (4.4 miles) point-to-point and an overall downhill walk. It starts at the Trockener Steg station and ends at Schwarzsee. Along the way, not only do you get some of the best views of the Matterhorn, but you can also visit Schwarzsee and take your photo with the Zermatt sign.

12. Schwarzsee

Schwarzsee is a small lake that is located next to the Schwarzsee station. You can see it from the gondola station but one of the best viewpoints is on the trail that leads away from the station, up towards Hornlihutte. Here is the view.

Schwarzsee Zermatt

Schwarzsee | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

You can also walk down to the lake and see the chapel, Maria zum Schnee. You won’t see the Matterhorn from here, but it is still a very nice spot to visit.

Schwarzsee Church

Schwarzsee chapel

Located between the gondola station and Schwarzsee is the Zermatt sign. You will see the Matterhorn from this spot, just as long as it is not covered in clouds. There is a photo station here. Just insert the ticket that you used to ride the gondola to Schwarzsee, smile for the photo, and later check the website for your photos.

Zermatt Sign

Zermatt Sign | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

13. Stroll through the Town of Zermatt

With its car-free streets, Swiss-style chalets, and small shops and restaurants, the town of Zermatt is perfect for wandering.

Bahnhofstrasse is the main road that runs through town. Along this pedestrian street is a long list of restaurants, a few hotels, and lots of great shops selling everything from hiking gear to souvenirs to watches.

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Zermatt Street | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

As you walk through town, it is worth making a detour down Hinterdorfstrasse. This short street is home to the traditional buildings that are found throughout the Valais region of Switzerland.

Hinterdorfstrasse Zermatt

Hinterdorfstrasse | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

14. Take a Selfie on the Kirchbrücke

The Kirchbrücke is a bridge that crosses the Matter Vispa. From this scenic spot, you get a wonderful view of the Matterhorn. The best time to take a photo here is in the morning, before afternoon clouds hide the peak of the Matterhorn.

Views of the Matterhorn Zermatt

View of the Matterhorn from the Kirckbrucke | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

15. Visit the Mountaineer’s Cemetery

The Mountaineer’s Cemetery contains the graves of those who lost their lives while climbing the mountains around Zermatt. It is a very small cemetery that is tucked away behind the Parish Church of St. Mauritius (not to be confused with the much larger cemetery that is located next to the Matter Vispa river).

Mountaineer Cemetery Zermatt

Mountaineer’s Cemetery 

This small cemetery contains the graves of roughly 50 climbers who died while on the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Täschhorn, Liskamm, Obergabelhorn, and Weisshorn, with one exception. There is a gravestone here for Peter and Peter Taugwalder, a father and son duo who were the mountain guides for Edward Whymper, the first person to climb the Matterhorn.

The cemetery is always open and free to visit.

16. Walk across the Hängebrücke

The Hängebrücke is a hanging suspension bridge located near the Furi cable car. From the bridge you get a nice view of the town of Zermatt.

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Hangebrücke | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

To get here, hike the trail that starts next to the Furi gondola station. You can either walk out and back to the bridge on the same trail or continue across the bridge and hike down the other side.

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

17. Visit the Gorner Gorge

The Gorner Gorge is a chasm that has been carved out by the Gornervispa river. You can explore this gorge by walking on a series of boardwalks and hiking trails.

Gorner Gorge Zermatt

Gorner Gorge | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

It is located near the Forest Fun Park, between the Furi and Zermatt gondola stations.

We did this on our second visit to Zermatt. The gorge is pretty, but we were a bit underwhelmed. If you only have a few days in Zermatt, we recommend you spend your time exploring the mountains rather than visiting the Gorner Gorge.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: The best time to visit the gorge is in the afternoon in October, when the sunlight hits the gorge just right to light up the turquoise water.

How to Get to the Gorner Gorge: The entrance into the Gorner Gorge is just past the Forest Fun Park and soccer field. Look for a concrete bridge. On the lefthand side just past the bridge there will be a sign for Gornerschlucht. Follow the sign onto a dirt trail.

After a short walk along a trail in the forest you will reach a small building signed Gornerschlucht. This is the official entrance into the gorge. Here you will pay a small fee to enter.

You can also visit Gorner Gorge while hiking from Furi to Zermatt. From Furi, it takes 20-minutes to walk to the entrance of the gorge. The entrance is near the village of Blatten. Once in the gorge, it takes 15 to 20-minutes to walk through it, and you will exit near the Forest Fun Park.

18. Hike or Bike the Gourmet Trail

Findeln is a hamlet that is located just down the hill from Sunnegga. Several of the best restaurants in Zermatt are located here. On the list are Adler Hitta, Findlerhof, Enzian, and Chez Vrony, a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can choose one and have lunch or spend the afternoon hopping from one restaurant to the next.

Findeln Zermatt

Findeln | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Before you go, check the official websites for opening times. These restaurants are not open 7 days a week (Enzian was closed during our visit on a Monday) so I recommend checking their hours before you go. Also note the closing time of the Sunnegga funicular (in the summer, the last descent is 6:00 pm but double check this before you go).

Findeln is located 2 km (just over one mile) from Sunnegga. To get here, it is a downhill walk (follow trail signs for Findeln) but you can also get here by bike.

Adler Hitta

As you walk downhill towards Findeln, you have the option to take the trail to the right to go to Adler Hitta. If you want to do the shortest amount of walking from Sunnegga, it is a 1 km (0.6 mile) walk to this restaurant (Adler Hitta is the closest restaurant to Sunnegga).

We have been here twice and both times the restaurant was very empty (most people continue farther down the hill to Findeln). The views from Adler Hitta are great, they have music playing and the food is very good.

Adler Hitta

Chez Vrony, Enzian, and Findlerhof

Not far below Sunnegga, the trail splits. You will go right to go to Adler Hitta. You will go left to go to Chez Vrony, Enzian, and Findlerhof (Findlen Eggen).

As you follow signs to Findeln, Chez Vrony will be the first restaurant that you come to. This restaurant in a Michelin-starred restaurant with wonderful views of the Matterhorn. This was the most crowded restaurant we visited in this area and I recommend making a reservation in advance.

Chez Vrony

If you continue down the hill, you will reach two more highly rated restaurants: Enzian and Findlerhof.

Once finished at the restaurants, you can either hike up to Sunnegga, hike down to Zermatt, or, if you rented bikes, ride the trail back to Zermatt.

We did both: the uphill walk to Sunnegga and the downhill walk to Zermatt. From Adler Hitta, since it is closer to the Sunnegga station, I think it’s best to walk uphill to the station and return to Zermatt via the funicular. From the restaurants in the hamlet (Chez Vrony, Findlerhof, and Enzian), I think it is better to walk downhill to Zermatt (from these restaurants, it is a longer walk uphill to Sunnegga), even though it is a steep downhill walk.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If I did it again, I would rent an e-bike in Zermatt, take it up to Sunnegga on the funicular, and spend the afternoon hopping between restaurants. Then I would bike back to Zermatt and return the bike. Here is information on where to rent bikes in Zermatt. 

19. Matterhorn Museum

Get a history lesson about Zermatt and the attempts to summit the Matterhorn at this museum.

Matterhorn Museum

Matterhorn Museum | Best Things to Do in Zermatt

20. Eat Your Way through Zermatt

Zermatt may be a small town but it is packed with fantastic restaurants. These range from fine dining restaurants to outdoor cafes to mountain huts with a view.

One of the best things to do in Zermatt is to hike to small restaurant that is located on a hillside, mountaintop, or quaint hamlet, and dine on traditional Valais cuisine.

Here is a list of our favorite restaurants in Zermatt.

Say Cheese! This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Zermatt. Share a bottle of wine and dine on fondue and raclette. If trying fondue is on your to-do list in Switzerland, this is our favorite restaurant.

Restaurant Furri. Located just a short walk from the Furi cable car station, this lively, friendly restaurant serves traditional Swiss cuisine. During our visit, live music was playing, which really added to the experience. Also in Furi, Aroleid is a Michelin-starred restaurant that we would love to try on a future visit to Zermatt.

Findeln. Mentioned earlier, you can’t go wrong with lunch at one of these restaurants. One of them, Chez Vrony, is a Michelin-starred restaurant. Plus, the views of the Matterhorn from the outdoor dining terraces of these restaurants are a nice bonus.

Blatten. If you plan to walk from Furi to Zermatt or visit the Gorner Gorge, lunch at Blatten is a great addition to the experience. This small restaurant serves fantastic Swiss cuisine and is one of the highest-rated restaurants on Trip Advisor.

Hornlihütte. Hornlihütte is just about as close as you can get to the Matterhorn without actually strapping on gear and climbing to the summit. It’s a challenging hike to get here but the views are unbeatable. Hornlihütte serves snacks and lunch.

Osteria Bella Italia. Italian food at this small restaurant was a nice break from Swiss cuisine. Le Chalet da Giuseppe and Vieux-Valais de Nico are two more Italian restaurants we were hoping to try, but we could only eat so much food.

Schweizerhof Kitchen. Schweizerhof Kitchen has a different vibe than the other restaurants on this list. With its modern decor, outstanding cocktail list, and dishes from around the world, this is a great restaurant to put on your list if you want a break from Swiss cuisine or just want a good cocktail.

Edelweiss. This very small restaurant is perched on a rocky cliff high about Zermatt. The only way to get here is on a short but very steep hike. Once here, you have great views of Zermatt and Monte Rosa. Just be aware that you cannot see the Matterhorn from here.

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Edelweiss sits on a cliff so it has a great view over Zermatt…but the only way to get there is by hiking.

Spycher. During our second visit to Zermatt, this was one of the highest rated restaurants in town. The thing to do here is order the flambeed food, which is prepared on a side table, within view of where you are sitting. The food is fantastic, so is the wine, and it is a great experience to watch the chef cook your food.

Old Zermatt. Old Zermatt serves a wide variety of cuisines. It’s located next to the Kirchbrücke so has a great central location in Zermatt. It’s special to us in that we had our celebratory meal here after completing the Walker’s Haute Route.

Things to Do in Zermatt: On a Map

How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (best things to do, transportation, and where to stay). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.   If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

Here is a map of Zermatt from the official Zermatt website.

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How to Get to Zermatt

The most popular way to get to Zermatt is by train. If you are coming from Geneva, Zürich, Lucerne, or Interlaken, you will first travel to Visp. From Visp, take the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Zermatt. This is a slow but scenic journey through a valley in Switzerland (about 1 hour).

By train, you can also get to Zermatt on the Glacier Express . This scenic train journey starts in St. Moritz and ends at Zermatt (or you can ride it in the opposite direction).

You can also get here by helicopter or by taxi from Täsch.

If you have a car, you cannot drive to Zermatt. Park your car in the parking garage at Täsch and take a taxi or shuttle train to Zermatt. Learn more here.

How Much Time do You Need in Zermatt?

With two full days you can visit all three peaks, do a little hiking, explore the town, and visit Gorner Gorge. Just keep your fingers crossed that you have good weather so you can see the Matterhorn.

Three days gives you more leisurely time. You need two clear days to visit all three peaks, so three days gives you an extra day, just in case the weather is bad.

For suggestions on how to plan your time, take a look at our Zermatt Itinerary Planner.

What We Did: On our first visit to Zermatt, we spent almost two full days in Zermatt. On day 1, we took train from Mürren, in the Bernese Oberland, to Zermatt, arriving late morning. After lunch in town, we visited Gornergrat and hiked to Riffelberg. On the way back to Zermatt, we visited the Hängebrücke. That evening, we ate dinner in Zermatt. On day 2, we visited Matterhorn Glacier Paradise in the morning and hiked the Five Lakes Trail in the afternoon. On the morning of day 3, we took the train to Lausanne.

On our second visit to Zermatt, we spent three and a half days in Zermatt. This gave us more time to ride the cable car to Rothorn and hike a few more trails.

3 Days in Zermatt Itinerary

I recommend 3 days in Zermatt to see the highlights, more time if you love hiking.

Here is a sample 3-day Zermatt Itinerary:

Day 1: Visit Gornergrat in the morning and hike to Riffelsee and Riffelberg. In the afternoon, visit the Gorner Gorge and explore the town of Zermatt.

Day 2: Visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise in the morning and then hike the Matterhorn Glacier Trail and/or the trail to Hornlihütte. Have dinner in Zermatt.

Day 3: Visit Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn. On this day, you will also hike to Stellisee, ride mountain carts, and spend some time on the Gourmet Trail. We have a detailed itinerary on how to do this in our Guide to Sunnegga and Rothorn.

Sunnegga Viewpoint

The view from Sunnegga 

Money Saving Passes

There are several passes that might help you save some money while visiting Zermatt.

The Peak Pass gives you unlimited access to all three alpine regions (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Rothorn, and Gornergrat). You purchase the pass for the number of days you plan to visit Zermatt.

For July and August, a 1-day pass is CHF 216, a 2-day pass is CHF 241, and a 3-day pass is CHF 272. Passes are available for up to one full month.

There is also the option to buy non-consecutive passes. For example, you can buy a pass that is valid for 3 of 5 days (CHF 284). If you are planning a longer stay in Zermatt but want flexibility for the days you travel up into the mountains, this is a nice option.

For more information on pricing, restrictions, and where to purchase the pass, click here. 

Peak2Peak Pass

This pass is a one-day pass to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Gornergrat. Prices start at CHF 146. Click here to learn more.

Swiss Travel Pass

If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 50% discount on individual tickets to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Gornergrat.

If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, you get a 25% reduction on the price of the Peak Pass and a 50% reduction on the price of the Peak2Peak Pass.

VERDICT: If you plan to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Gornergrat, and Rothorn, purchase the Peak Pass (a 3-day Peak Pass is cheaper than buying these tickets individually; you will save even more money if you visit all three peaks in two days). If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, save another 25%.

Where to Stay in Zermatt

LUXURY: The Omnia. This hotel is located on a cliff above the town of Zermatt, so you not only get a spectacular view of the town but some rooms offer views of the Matterhorn as well. Dine in the onsite restaurant, relax in the hot tub with views of the Matterhorn, or go to the spa.

Zermatt View

The view of Zermatt near the Omnia Hotel.

UPSCALE: Panorama Ski Lodge. This is where we stayed on our first visit and it was phenomenal. We had a two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, large living room, and unbelievable views of the Matterhorn. This was our favorite hotel in Switzerland and probably one of our favorite stays in all of Europe. This hotel is located on hill (which is why the views are unbeatable). To walk into Zermatt, it is a 15-minute downhill walk. To get back to the hotel, it’s a very steep uphill walk. However, you can hire a taxi to take you back to the hotel to avoid this strenuous walk.

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UPSCALE: Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartements. This is where we stayed on our second visit to Zermatt and liked it just a little bit more than the Panorama Ski Lodge. We had a 3-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and living room. From our balcony we could see the Matterhorn. This hotel is located in the town center so we could get almost anywhere in Zermatt in just a matter of minutes, with the exception of the cable car station to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise/Schwarzsee.

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Best Hotels in Zermatt

Our apartment at the Matterhorn Lodge

MIDRANGE: Hotel Romantica. This hotel is located in a quiet, central area of Zermatt (it’s just a 5-minute walk to the train station). Stay in rooms decorated with Swiss décor and you can even stay in your own private, rustic cottage.

Hotel Romantica Zermatt

Hotel Romantica

BUDGET: Hotel Dufour Alpin Superior. Stay in a Swiss-style chalet with traditional décor. Some rooms offer views of the Matterhorn.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do you need in Zermatt?

Ideally, plan on spending at least two days in Zermatt. There are three high alpine destinations in Zermatt (Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, and Rothorn) and with two very busy days, you can visit all of them. Gornergrat and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise can be combined on one day (this also saves some money) and on day two, visit Rothorn, hike to Lake Stellisee, and spend some time in town. Additional days gives you contingency time in case of bad weather and gives you more time to visit some off the beaten path places.

Is Zermatt worth it?

Absolutely! With multiple cable cars and trains that whisk riders up into the mountains, it’s hard to beat the amazing alpine views you can get in this area. Add in a picturesque town at the foot of the mountains and you have one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.

When is the best time to visit Zermatt?

Zermatt can be visited all year. During the summer months, this is an excellent hiking destination, with trails criss crossing the mountains. During the winter months, when the area is a winter wonderland, visit Zermatt for the skiing.

More Things to Do in Zermatt

ZERMATT ITINERARY: Get suggestions on how to plan your time with our Zermatt Itinerary.

HIKES IN ZERMATT: In our Zermatt Hiking Guide, we cover 12 epic day hikes in Zermatt.

GORNERGRAT: Learn how to visit Gornergrat and hike to Riffelsee and Riffelberg.

SUNNEGGA & ROTHORN: In our Guide to Sunnegga, Blauherd, and Rothorn, learn how to visit this area, what there is to do, and how to spend one day visiting the highlights.

MATTERHORN GLACIER PARADISE: Learn how to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in Europe. The Matterhorn Glacier Trail is an easy and very scenic hike that runs from Trockener Steg to Schwarzsee and can easily be added on to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

HORNLIHÜTTE: The Hornlihütte is as close as you can get to the Matterhorn without actually climbing it and hiking here is a must-do if you are an avid hiker.

BREITHORN: Learn what it takes to climb to the peak of Breithorn, one of the easiest 4,000+ meter peaks in the Alps (it’s easier than you think).

FIVE LAKES TRAIL: The Five Lakes Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Zermatt. Find out how to hike it but more importantly, is it worth it?

FURI TO ZERMATT HIKE: This easy, downhill walk starts at the Furi gondola station, wanders through several small Swiss hamlets and the Gorner Gorge before ending in Zermatt.

If you have plans to visit Zermatt and have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

More Places to Go in Switzerland:

JUNGFRAU REGION: What exactly is the Jungfrau region? Find out in our Guide to the Jungfrau Region, which includes maps and important travel planning information. We also have articles about the best things to do in the Jungfrau region as well as the top hikes in the Jungfrau region. A visit to Jungfraujoch is one of the most popular experiences in the Jungfrau region, but is it worth it? Riding to cable car to Schilthorn and the Mürren Via Ferrata were two of our favorite experiences in this part of Switzerland.

LAUSANNE: Lausanne is another beautiful Swiss city with lots of great things to do and it also is a great home base for day trips in the area, such as Gruyères and Chateau de Chillon.

SWITZERLAND ITINERARY: If your visit to Zermatt is part of a bigger trip to Switzerland, check out our Switzerland Itinerary, which has suggestions on what to do if you have 7 days, 14 days, and even longer.

LUGANO: Lugano is located in southern Switzerland. This city is another great place to stay for day trips in Switzerland and you can easily day trip to Lake Como and Bellagio.

WALKER’S HAUTE ROUTE: The Walker’s Haute Route is a spectacular multi-day trek from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. Learn more about this amazing journey our our Guide to the Walker’s Haute Route.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: For more information about the camera gear we carry, check out our Travel Photography Gear Guide.

We have TONS more information about Switzerland in our Switzerland Travel Guide, including Zürich, Lucerne, the Bernese Oberland, Zermatt, Lugano, and Lausanne.

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Thanks so much as always for the great post, so much information! We’ll be in Zermatt in a few weeks and nailing down some last minute details. Do you recommend reservations at most restaurants? Or where you able to wonder and find availability at most places?

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Yes, I recommend reservations at the restaurants in Zermatt. We got lucky in that we could walk into one or two places last summer, but if there are restaurants you really want to visit, make your reservations within the next week, just in case. Cheers, Julie

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Trains run directly to car-free Zermatt. A trip to Zermatt by automobile ends 5 km away in Täsch. Then it continues by shuttle train or by taxi to the resort at the foot of the Matterhorn.

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Car-free Zermatt can be reached by train, taxi or helicopter. Drivers park their private automobiles in a convenient parking garage in Täsch. Air travellers take the train directly from the airport and reach Zermatt in 3½ hours from Zurich-Kloten and in 4 hours from Geneva-Cointrin. Alternative: taxis, helicopter (Air Zermatt), Glacier Express.

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You can reach the car-free village of Zermatt by train, taxi or helicopter. There are direct trains to car-free Zermatt; the village is 3.5 hours from Zurich airport and 4 hours from Geneva airport. Travel on the  Glacier Express  is also possible.  

Trains run every half hour to Zermatt, and rail travel from Swiss airports and the border is easy and comfortable. 

Visitors resident outside Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein are eligible for the Swiss Travel Pass and the  Swiss Travel Pass .  

You can find details of rail connections in the  SBB timetable  or the  Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn timetable.  

Would you like to check in your luggage and pick it up again in Zermatt? The luggage service provided by  SBB  makes this possible.   

The road from Täsch to Zermatt is closed to the general public; Täsch represents the end of the line for car drivers. The Matterhorn Terminal in Täsch provides 2,100 covered parking spaces. In addition, there are over 1,000 parking spaces at private providers such as taxi companies or hotels. You have to change to a train in Täsch or switch to a taxi, which has a permit to use the road from Täsch to Zermatt. If you travel to Zermatt without an access permit, you can expect heavy fines. A well-established taxi service operated by various private companies serves guests who wish to travel to Zermatt by taxi. 

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Zermatt is car free . Private vehicles are only allowed to travel as far as Täsch. From Täsch, you can travel on to Zermatt by train, taxi or limousine. If you travel to Zermatt without an access permit, you can expect heavy fines. 

The same rules apply to electric and conventional vehicles. Travel to Zermatt by car is not permitted.

Lots of attractions in Zermatt are within walking distance. If you don’t want to walk, there are also options for electric taxi , horse-drawn carriage  or  e-bus . Many people in the village also travel by bicycle. 

Lots of attractions in Zermatt are within walking distance. If you don’t want to walk, there are also options for  electric taxi ,  horse-drawn carriage  or  e-bus . Many people in the village also travel by bicycle.

A car is available in Zermatt for mobility customers . The mobility vehicle is permitted to travel on the road between Zermatt and Täsch. Location: Parking Urania, Zermatt (Spiss district). Some businesses in Täsch and Zermatt also offer a car rental service. Cars are also available on request, with a driving permit to drive on the Täsch-Zermatt road.

The  Matterhorn Alpine Crossing  will open in early summer of 2023.

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The pristinely pure, virgin car-free village of Zermatt is nestled in upper Valais atop the famous Matterhorn mountain and is a hot-spot for ski lovers and mountaineering buffs, and makes for one of the most stunning and spectacular niches of Switzerland. No wonder accommodation in Zermatt is one of the most expensive in Switzerland but that does not prevent winter sport enthusiasts to getting their winter gear and go skiing along its luxuriant white snow-capped mountains.

Although it is car-free, Zermatt can be reached by road, train or air as per the convenience of the visitors. Train or helicopter are the best ways to travel to this scintillating village.

Zermatt is located in southern part of Switzerland and like the rest of the country it is marked with well-defined and well-maintained roads, but since Zermatt is a car-free area, those driving down to Zermatt with their private cars can only go so far as the municipality of Täsch. From there, visitors must travel the remaining 7 kilometers by other means. There are many areas for parking. Such as the Matterhorn Terminal in Täsch has 2,100 covered parking places and in addition, there are over 1,000 parking spaces both open and covered, offered by private parties.

The other options are train or via an electric cab, both options being available in plenty. Cabs can also take you directly to your accommodation and help you unload your goods there. Shuttle trains operating every 20 minutes can be a convenient option since they comprise trolleys to directly transfer your load and unload them at the destination.

Trains are perhaps the most convenient option to get to Zermatt so that you do not waste time unloading your goods from your car and again at your hotel. Frequent trains are available every hour to Visp and Brig from where you can look into the timetables to get aboard a connecting train Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports.

The train journey spans for about 3 to 5 hours depending on which airport you are taking the connecting train from. Just change to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn for Zermatt in Visp. The Swiss Railway offers one of the most comfortable and luxurious journeys worth experiencing in a lifetime as you get to behold picturesque views all through your travel. One needs to change train at Visp or Brig and the get aboard a helicopter to take a cab to the Zermatt valley.

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Once you are at one of the International airports of Geneva, Zurich, Bern or Milano Zermatt can be reached by helicopter as the village has its very own heliport under Air Zermatt.

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Zermatt

Zermatt. Image of iconic village of Zermatt, Switzerland with Matterhorn in the background during twilight.

Zermatt is a small ski village and region on the southern border of Switzerland neighbouring Italy and is the very essence of the term ‘winter wonderland.’ It’s so perfect and pristine that it resembles a film set rather than real life.

Everywhere you look in Zermatt, all you can see is snowy peaks, pine trees and cosy wooden ski chalets with everyone either relaxing with a hot chocolate in hand or pounding down mountains having the time of their lives.

Most visitors heading to Zermatt will want to see the Matterhorn mountain, which is famous for several reasons, including being the mountain on the wrapper of Toblerone chocolate bars and a ride at Disneyworld but there are plenty of other Zermatt winter activities and fun things to do.

Aside from all the amazing adrenaline-inducing winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and hiking, there are some epic panoramic viewpoints, shopping streets and attractions.

Zermatt is the perfect option for an idyllic wintery break, especially if you feel like splashing out and treating yourself to a trip you’ll never forget. 

This ultimate Zermatt travel guide will include a Matterhorn guide as well as what to expect when visiting Zermatt, where to stay in Zermatt and what to do in Zermatt which will help you in planning a trip to Zermatt Switzerland.

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How to get to Zermatt

The nearest airports to Zermatt in Switzerland are Geneva and Sion (though Sion is very small) or it might be convenient to fly into Milan or Turin in Italy depending on your location.

Geneva has ski resort shuttle services to Zermatt for those on a budget which take around 3 hours. Others opt for private transfers, though some will only be able to take you as far as Tasch, whereas the shuttle service can take you into Zermatt. 

Zermatt is a car-free region, so if you’re wondering how to get to Zermatt without a car then the answer lies in Switzerland’s uber brilliant, efficient and modern public transport and rail network, though all trains to Zermatt change at the city of Visp.

If you are driving to Zermatt, you can leave your car at Tasch station. The journey from Tasch to Zermatt is very short and the scenery is beautiful. 

Zermatt, Switzerland. Gornergrat red tourist train on the bridge and Matterhorn peal panorama in Swiss Alps

What to expect in Zermatt

Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world for visitors, so definitely save as much as possible for your trip. And you might find Zermatt to be even pricier due to its remoteness. 

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc and there are a few ATMs in Zermatt if you need to withdraw cash, but Switzerland is a fairly cashless country. A service charge is generally automatically added to restaurant bills in Switzerland and tipping elsewhere is welcomed but it’s not expected.

Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but it does have many agreements in place, plus it is a part of the Schengen zone. Switzerland has three main languages – Italian, German and French – spoken in different regions and Zermatt is in the German-speaking region.

Fortunately, English is spoken widely in Switzerland, so you’ll have no problem communicating with locals in Zermatt.

How to get around Zermatt

As previously mentioned, Zermatt is an entirely car-free region so walking or public transport are your two options. The village of Zermatt itself is very small and walkable, especially since you won’t have to watch out for cars!

There are a few ways to get around the wider region of Zermatt. Firstly, there are a few taxi services that are able to operate within the region including electric taxis and fully accessible cabs.

There is also bike rental but the most popular method of travelling around the region are the eBuses, of which there are around 500 in the area because Zermatt is very sustainability focused. 

If you already have tickets to some of the bigger attractions in the area (e.g. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or Gornergrat Valley station) then the eBus is free. Otherwise, there is a range of travel passes available to purchase from afternoon tickets to season passes.

ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND - : Unidentified man drives electric delivery car by the main street of Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is a combustion-engine car-free zone.

The best time to visit Zermatt

If you want a mix of skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains (though some pistes/lifts aren’t open in summer) and strolls/bike rides around Zermatt village in the sun then peak season, from June-September, is the best time to visit.

Though don’t expect summers to be too warm as temperatures usually fluctuate between 12-25 degrees Celsius.

Zermatt in December and January around Christmas and New Year is also a popular time for visitors who want to enjoy the winter sports and après ski during the holidays. Of course, ski resort prices will reflect these particularly busy periods.

There isn’t much of an off-season in Zermatt as the ski season runs from November-May and the summer crowds descend not long after. It’s just such a beautiful place to visit year-round! If you do want to visit the Swiss region in the quietest/cheapest possible period, head to Zermatt after the Easter break. 

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Things to do in Zermatt

  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

There’s absolutely no way you can visit Zermatt without taking the 40-minute gondola/cable car ride up to Klein Matterhorn and witness the panoramic views of Zermatt from the top at the viewing platform. At least you can if there isn’t too much fog, which unfortunately happens quite often on Matterhorn!

There are lots of things to do on Matterhorn: ski, hike and even dine at the world’s highest mountain restaurant. Definitely check out the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise where you can go inside an actual glacier on Matterhorn mountain.

Glacier Paradise has a display of beautiful ice sculptures and you could spend an entire afternoon exploring this icy maze. Don’t forget to dress warmly if you’re heading up Matterhorn as it can be very chilly, even in summer!

MATTERHORN GLACIER PARADISE, SWITZERLAND - Winter view of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise near Matterhorn Peak, Alps, Switzerland

Matterhorn Museum

Though a museum about a mountain might seem a bit dull, the Matterhorn museum is actually super interesting as there are lots of fascinating stories about the people who have attempted to climb the mountain and about Matterhorn’s importance to the local people.

The underground exhibit also looks at the history of Zermatt in general, too, and how it developed from a remote farming community into a world-class ski resort town.

ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND - Exterior of the Matterhorn museum entrance in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Monte Rosa Massif

Matterhorn Mountain may be the most notable mountain in the Zermatt region but there are other impressive peaks, too.

The Monte Rosa Massif is the highest mountain range in the Swiss Alps with 10 of its peaks climbing higher than 4,000m.

They’re so high that they’re pretty unscalable in winter but in summer you can take guided hikes and you can admire them from afar in any season.

Monte Rosa mountain massif and Gorner Glacier panoramic view from the Gornergrat viewpoint near Zermatt town, Switzerland

Black Nose Sheep Farm

If you love local experiences when you travel and interacting with as many cute animals as possible, then you’ll love visiting this family farm and learning about how they run their businesses.

The Julen family open up their barn every Wednesday from June-October and December-April so that visitors can see their 300 Alpine-raised Black Nose Sheep up close.

You can see the fields where the sheep are raised and learn about how they are specifically suited to the Alpine life. Afterwards, you can join the Shepard for an aperitif and eat some of the cured meat from the sheep themselves.

Two black nose sheep grazing near valley Zermatt.

Five Lakes Walk

Hiking is one of the top activities to do in Zermatt and there are so many routes and trails with different views and for different skill levels.

One of the most popular is the Five Lakes Walk because it’s an easy hike with some slightly tougher sections that you can easily complete in one day.

As the name suggests, the walk takes you past the beautiful scenery of five lakes: the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Moosjisee, Grünsee, and Leisee lakes.

This walk will be especially appealing to photographers because, on clear days, the Matterhorn is perfectly reflected in no less than three of the lakes, so you’re bound to get some epic shots for your Instagram feed.

Matterhorn, Swiss Alps. Landscape image of Swiss Alps with Stellisee and Matterhorn in the background during sunrise.

Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint

Within the village of Zermatt itself, there will be lots of places where you can see Matterhorn mountain perfectly, even outside your hotel window if you’re lucky.

But during your trip, it’s worth visiting the specific Matterhorn viewpoint where you can see across the entire village with the mountain sitting perfectly in the centre.

The ideal time to go would be just as the sun is setting so you can still see the mountain, but all the chalets are lit up like a Christmas tree below.

Gornergrat train station and Matterhorn peak in the background Zermatt Switzerland

Hinter Dorf

Even though there is so much to see in the region of Zermatt, there’s plenty to do in the village itself. The ‘Hinter Dorf’ neighbourhood of Zermatt (meaning ‘rear village’) or Old Town is a real-life time capsule that gives you a glimpse into what Zermatt would have looked like before it developed into a ski resort town. 

The charming, solid timber buildings are around 500 years old, but they still look perfectly preserved. Some of the structures were barns, stables and storehouses and they all line up against cobbled streets that only a horse and cart would be able to fit through!

footprints in the snow lead to the courtyard of a rural house in winter behind a wooden fence in the village

Bahnhofstrasse

An alternate universe to Hinter Dorf is the Bahnhofstrasse, which is Zermatt’s main shopping street/hub. Zermatt is such a tightly packed town that everything is close by and it’s centred around this main street which is full of restaurants, bars, cafes, ski supply and clothing shops and gift stores.

If you’re not sure where to go next or where to eat dinner, head to Bahnhofstrasse and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.

Zermatt, Switzerland-The Old Building on Zermatt Bahnhofstrasse street in autumn and rainny day. ,Zermatt is a famous nature village in Switzerland.

What to eat in Zermatt

Because many of the visitors who head to Zermatt have a bit more money to spend, the village isn’t short of amazing fine- dining experiences and Michelin-starred restaurants. Though there are still many affordable restaurants and family-friendly places in Zermatt too, and everywhere offers their own version of après ski. 

Du Pont is one of the best restaurants in Zermatt and not only is it one of Zermatt’s most established businesses, but it’s also budget-friendly and serves traditional Swiss food too. At Du Pont, you can tuck into an authentic fondue, raclette or Swiss sausage and order apple strudel for dessert and there really is nowhere better for value for money.

If you do want an all-expenses-spared experience, then you’ll definitely get that at After Seven , a Michelin-starred restaurant in Zermatt that offers diners a set movie and dinner menu where you can actually watch a film in the restaurant while you eat.

And don’t forget to nibble on a Toblerone bar or another kind of local Swiss chocolate, too!

Fondue cheese, swiss winter ski holidays break for lunch, mountain view Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Where to stay in Zermatt

Budget – Thankfully, even a village as small as Zermatt has a few fantastic hostels for travellers on a budget. From the outside, Youth Hostel Zermatt looks just like any other ski resort and inside there are cosy yet spacious dorms with all the amenities and no bunk beds.

Mid-range – Zermatt can be quite pricey, so while hostel rooms are approximately €50-75 a night, midrange hotels are around €150 per night. The Hotel Excelsior is a great mid-range option because it’s really near Zermatt train station and has bright, colourful rooms, some even have views of the Matterhorn!

The Hotel Parnass , literally across the river from The Hotel Excelsior, is great for families with huge rooms, some even have outside decks and dining tables and it has a rustic vibe with wooden ceiling and wall panels. 

Luxury – And if you have a bit more to spend, you’ve chosen the right place for a ski holiday. One fantastic option is Hotel La Ginabelle Zermatt which is an absolutely gorgeous 4-star hotel with a spa, swimming pools and a dining room which wouldn’t have looked out of place on the Titanic.

Or if you’re celebrating a special occasion like a honeymoon, you should check into CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort , a 5-star hotel with separate chalets for every guest and every amenity you could possibly want. Hot tubs, bike hire, huge windows and they even allow dogs!

Traditional local houses in the centre of Zermatt town in the Valais canton of Switzerland

Tours to do in Zermatt

Winery tour.

One of the most enjoyable ways to get to know a region is through its food and drink, and this winery tour set in the heart of the Valais Alps has some breath-taking scenery as well as some fantastic wines.

Tour around a local winery and learn all about the regions’ local grapes and wines with a tasting session.

View on the picturesque Alpine village Zinal in the Pennine Alps in the swiss canton Valais in summer. Val d' Anniviers, Switzerland

Zermatt has some amazing internationally renowned chefs and restaurants, so many that you can’t possibly visit them all in one trip.

If you love tasting new dishes when you travel, then this food tour (which is more of a ‘behind the scenes’ experience) of some of the best restaurants in Zermatt is a can’t-miss.

Try dishes from at least four different kitchens, serving both international and local cuisine, allowing you to make the most out of your limited time in Zermatt.

Hardcore foodies will love being able to talk to the chefs and learn their secrets.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands : Toblerone chocolate, promotional display in airport shopping area. Various colors representing different flavors.

Paragliding

Sure, you can see the epic views of the mountain ranges that encircle Zermatt from viewing platforms and cable cars, but nothing beats an adrenaline rush like paragliding from those mountains where you’ll be able to see 360-degree panoramic views.

It’s an awesome, bucket list-worthy activity that you’ll never forget, and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth in a place as stunning as Zermatt.

Paraglider over mountain snow peak, Swiss Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day trips from Zermatt

Mix a local, Swiss food tour experience with visiting Grimentz, a remote village in the Swiss Alps.

You will be treated to some phenomenal scenery as you travel through Zermatt, but you’ll be able to make your own local rye bread in a rustic, communal oven that is actually booked and used by the entire community!

You can then use the rye bread to eat Swiss cheese fondue with a knowledgeable, local guide.

Weisshorn peak, a major peak in swiss alps as seen from Sorbois gondola station, Zinal Grimentz, Switzerland in winter. In the front you see ski slope signs.

The only downside to ascending Matterhorn is that you’re not able to see Matterhorn or include this iconic pyramid-shaped mountain in any of your photos.

This is just one of the reasons why so many travellers want to head up to the summit of Gornergrat, and this day trip is an ideal way to head up Gornergrat on the mountain railway and learn more about the whole area.

Zermatt Switzerland. Gornergrat tourist train with waterfall bridge and Matterhorn. Valais region.

Day Hike around Zermatt

For those who are short on time or simply don’t want the hassle of planning and navigating a day hike themselves and want the safety and knowledge that comes with a local guide , then this day hike around the outskirts of Zermatt is perfect for large groups and families.

Caucasian man hiking in beautiful Zermatt, Switzerland. Matterhorn in background. Backpacking lifestyle, Millennials concept. Adventure, outdoor. Summer in Alps

Recommended tours in Zermatt

  • Zermatt – Rothorn: Enjoy the classical view of the Matterhorn
  • Private Ski & Snowboard Zermatt
  • Cellar visit and tasting
  • Sion Wine Tour / Valais Wine tour – from vineyard to bottle
  • Vacation Photographer in Zermatt
  • Long fly in Zermatt 35 min
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket to Alter Gasthof
  • Standard fly Zermatt 20 min. Matterhorn view

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How to Get to Zermatt, Switzerland

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Your guide to how to get to Zermatt and what’s the best option in our opinion. Read on so that you get your adventure of getting to the Swiss Alps will be worry-free. 

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Where is Zermatt, Switzerland?

If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, consider flying to Zermatt, located at the base of the Matterhorn mountain range. The town itself is small, quaint, and charming, yet it offers plenty of activities and attractions for tourists.

Zermatt is home to the famous Matterhorn Mountain Resort, where skiers and snowboarders come to ride the slopes. But there are also hiking routes, horseback riding, paragliding, and many other outdoor adventures.

The town was founded in 1730 and is home to many hotels and restaurants. It is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland due to its gorgeous views.

This small town has been attracting tourists since 1864. Today, it attracts thousands of visitors every year wanting to experience Michelin-starred restaurants, hike with views, and mountain excursions to name a few.

Related Reading: The Haute Route: Hiking From Chamonix To Zermatt

How to Get to Zermatt

There are several ways to reach Zermatt. You can fly directly to Zurich airport and drive to Zermatt. Or you can take the train or bus. Or if you’re really fancy, you can even go to Zermatt in a helicopter ride. Let’s get into more details below!

1. Fly to an Airport Near Zermatt

zermatt travel by plane

One option is to fly to Sion International Airport (SIR). Another is from Zurich International Airport (ZRH) in Switzerland. Or fly directly to Geneva airport (GVA), which is only 30 minutes away from Zermatt, making it the nearest airport to Zermatt.

The closest airport from Zermatt is Sion airport.

  • Sion International Airport: 38.7 km (1:1 hours by car) to Zermatt
  • Geneva International Airport: 229.7 km (2:45 hours by car) to Zermatt
  • Zurich International Airport: 253.8 km (3:30 hours by car) to Zermatt

While Sion Airport is the closest airport to Zermatt, I find that it’s often more convenient to fly to either Zurich or Geneva airports. They both have twice-hourly train connections to Zermatt from in-airport train stations.

Flying from Sion International Airport

The closest airport to Zermatt is Sion Airport which is 38.7 km away. If you’d rather stay closer to home, you can fly to Sion. Sion International Airport is located at the foot of the Swiss Alps near the town of Sion.

The airport is served by several airlines including Swiss Air, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, and American Airlines. 

Flying from Zurich International Airport

Zurich International Airport is located just north of downtown Zurich. The airport is served by Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, United Airlines, and many others. It’s a major airport, with lots of connections. 

From Zurich International Airport, you can take a train and reach Zermatt in just 50 minutes.

Related Reading: The Best Accommodations in Zermatt

Flying from Geneva International Airport

Geneva International Airport (GVA) is located just outside of downtown Geneva, Switzerland. The airport is served by Swiss Air, Lufthansa, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and many others.

While it’s possible to take the train from Geneva International Airport to Zermatt, it takes around 4 hours, while driving takes only 2:20, so it’s much shorter.

Related Reading: The Top 5 Free Things to See in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

2. How to Get to Zermatt by Train

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Thankfully, Zermatt is easily accessible from anywhere in Europe by Swiss trains , thus the easiest option. 

You can also take the not-so-high-speed train called the Glacier Express . It is a narrow-gauge train service that travels from Zermatt to St Moritz in Switzerland. It is a popular commuter service that takes you on a train journey with panoramic views. It takes an average train time of seven and a half hours to travel a distance of about 290 kilometres per hour.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the breathtaking views from the Glacier Express. This train ride takes you through snowy mountain passes, past picturesque alpine villages, across rugged gorges, and past famous bridges and even many, many historic chateaux.

If you plan on spending some extra days in Switzerland, then I would definitely suggest buying a Swiss Travel Pass . They’re a great way to save money when visiting Switzerland. 

But there’s a catch – you need to book your trip at least two months ahead of time. So, if you’re planning a summer vacation, now’s the perfect time to sign up for the Swiss Travel Pass . 

There are many benefits to signing up for the Swiss Travel pass. Not only does it give you access to some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, but it also gives you unlimited access to the world-famous Matterhorn Mountain range.

Related Reading: What To Do in Zermatt, Switzerland

3. How to Get to Zermatt by Car

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Welcome to car-free Zermatt! Yes, car transport is only allowed as far as Täsch which is located 5 km away. From here, the road is closed but regular shuttle trains transport visitors to the resort town. Safe parking is provided at Täsch at a cost.

There are several places where you can park your car. The parking garage is located near the train station. It costs €10 per day. Another option is to park your car in one of the lots along the main road. They cost around €15 per day.

Finally, you can park your car in one of the lots along the lake shore. These lots are free.

When you arrive in Zermatt, you’ll see signs directing you to the car parks, so watch out for those.

Related Reading: How to Choose the Perfect Accommodation for Your Next Trip

Now that you know how to get to Zermatt, you can focus on your adventures in the Swiss Alps.

Also be sure to check out:

  • The Haute Route: Self-Guided Hike from Chamonix to Zermatt
  • Best Accommodations in Zermatt
  • Best Things to Do in Zermatt
  • Best Ski Resorts in Switzerland

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How To Get To Zermatt | Everything You Need To Know 2024

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Wondering How To Get To Zermatt?

You’ve come to the right place as we lived in this mountain village for over 6 years.

Use our local knowledge for the best insight into travelling to Zermatt.

The fastest and most efficient way to reach Zermatt is plane and train. Note: There are no direct trains to Zermatt from any airport, all train journeys will require at least one change.

Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Zermatt is a breathtaking mountain village that captures the essence of Switzerland’s stunning natural beauty. Known for its car-free streets and majestic Matterhorn view, this idyllic destination is a must-visit for any avid traveller. 

However, getting there can seem a bit daunting due to its unique transportation restrictions. But don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the various ways you can reach this enchanting Alpine wonderland – whether it be by train, taxi, or even helicopter! So buckle up, as we embark on this journey together to unravel the mysteries of how to get to Zermatt.

Wondering how to get to Zermatt? You can reach it via helicopter, with Air Zermatt pictured here in the snow.

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Where Is Zermatt?

Zermatt is a picturesque town located in the Valais canton of southern Switzerland. It lies at the southern end of the Matter Valley, which is one of the lateral branches of the grand Valley of the Rhône. This idyllic mountain village is tucked away in the Swiss Alps and is situated at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

The town’s touristic development is closely linked to the Matterhorn, the world’s most famous mountain. Zermatt is a top destination for skiers and is known for popular attractions including the Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Gorner Gorge, and Riffelsee. It’s also notable for being a car-free zone, adding to its luxurious and serene ambience.

Zermatt is great any time of the year, we particularly love Autumn .

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How To Get To Zermatt

There are four ways to reach Zermatt, by plane, by car, by train and by helicopter. Reaching Zermatt, the car-free alpine paradise is a journey that offers its own unique charm. The most common route is by train, with connections available from major Swiss cities like Zurich and Geneva, which are also home to international airports. 

From these cities, you can take a train to Visp, and then change to the Matterhorn Gotthard railway, which will take you directly to Zermatt. If you’re driving, you’ll have to park your car in Täsch, the last village before Zermatt, and then take a shuttle train or taxi into Zermatt. 

For those who prefer a grand entrance, helicopter transfers are also an option. No matter how you choose to get there, your journey to Zermatt promises to be as memorable as the destination itself.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Zermatt, check out 17 Best Zermatt Switzerland Hotels!

Is Zermatt Easy To Reach?

Yes, Zermatt is relatively easy to reach. Although you can’t self-drive into the town, transfer and train options make this a smooth process, especially with the efficiency of Swiss train travel. The Zermatt train delivers you straight to the heart of the town centre.

The Railway is one of the ways to get down to Zermatt village from The Gornergrat Station.

Reaching Zermatt By Air

What airport do you fly into to get to zermatt.

If you’re planning to reach Zermatt by plane, the closest airports to consider would be Geneva, Zurich and Milan, which are all between 3-4 hours away and Sion which is 1.5 hours away, but unfortunately has limited flight options. It’s worth noting that Geneva can get quite busy, especially during peak skiing season.

Read here for more information about Skiing In Zermatt .

For those travelling in luxury, Sion airport is the closest if you’re considering a private jet. From Sion, you can book a helicopter transfer to Zermatt. 

Air Zermatt offers heli-transfers, with the flight taking approximately an hour from Zurich and 45 minutes from Geneva.

Alternatively, if you’re flying from the United States, airlines like Scandinavian Airlines, Aer Lingus, and TAP Air Portugal offer flights to Switzerland, with prices starting from around $210.

Once you’ve reached any of these airports, the quickest way to reach Zermatt is by using a resort transfer service or the train. 

Is It Easier To Get To Zermatt From Zurich or Geneva?

Both routes are relatively similar, the driving time is roughly 3 hours from Geneva and 4 hours from Zurich. A train would require at least one change in either Visp or Brig from either airport and the total journey time from either, would also be close to 4 hours.

Travelling To Zermatt From Milan

The easiest way to get to Zermatt from Milan is by train, and the simplest route is from the airport to Milan Central Train Station, and then a change at Visp. 

Check both Trenitalia and SBB websites for the best ticket prices. If you plan to do a lot of train travel in Switzerland over the course of 12 months, it may also be worth purchasing a half-fare card.

Airport Transfers

Here are some of the top-rated airport transfer companies:

Grandlane : Grandlane offers luxurious and private airport transfers to Zermatt from Zurich Airport as well as Geneva.

Taxi Edelweiss Airport Transfer Zermatt : This service is one of the top-rated taxi and shuttle services in Zermatt.

PROFi DRIVER Zermatt : Another top-rated taxi and shuttle service, providing transfers to and from Zermatt.

Airport Taxi Transfers Zermatt : Specialized in airport taxi transfers, long-distance, and city-to-city transfers.

Mountain Dropoffs : Offers transfer services from Geneva Airport to Zermatt. They are one of the longest-running airport transfer companies in Chamonix.

GVA Transfers : Provides door-to-door private car transfers from Geneva and Sion Airport to Zermatt.

Alps2Alps : Offers low-cost transfers from Geneva airport to Zermatt.

Noble Transfers : Provides first-class private luxury chauffeur service from Zurich Airport to Zermatt.

City Airport Taxis : Services include private hire by the hour, and transfers from and to various events in and around Zurich, including Zermatt.

AlpinBus : Offers reliable private airport and skiing transfers from Zurich airport to Zermatt-Tasch.

Air travel is one of the best ways to get to Zermatt, here's Swiss airlines flying over the Alps.

Arriving At Zermatt By Train

Getting to Zermatt by train is quite straightforward and a popular choice due to the town’s car-free policy. The Swiss rail network provides excellent connections from major cities like Zurich and Geneva, both of which host international airports.

From Zurich or Geneva, you can take a direct train to Visp. Once at Visp, you switch to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, which will take you directly to Zermatt. This final leg of the journey offers beautiful views of the Swiss Alps. The total journey time from Zurich Airport to Zermatt is approximately 3.5 hours.

If you’re flying into Milan, you can take the train to Brig and then change to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, this journey takes roughly 4 hours. 

When coming from further afield on the train, it is likely that you will change trains either in Lausanne, Visp or Brig.

Are There Direct Trains To Zermatt?

Apart from the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, there are no direct trains to Zermatt. All transport trains will require you to make at least one change in Visp or Brig to access the Zermatt train for the final leg of your journey. Only the sightseeing train from St Moritz has a direct connection between the two resorts.

The SBB Luggage Transfer System

The Swiss train system offers a variety of luggage transfer services that allow passengers to travel unhampered by their bags.

One option is the station-to-station service, where you hand in your luggage at one station and collect it at your destination station. This service is available for many, but not all train stations in Switzerland. The cost for this service is CHF 12 per piece.

For those seeking greater convenience, there’s the door-to-door luggage service. With this service, your luggage is picked up from your address in Switzerland and delivered directly to your destination address within the country.

For groups of 10 persons with a maximum of 50 pieces of luggage, there’s a service that transports luggage from any airport abroad to any Swiss address.

Lastly, there’s a same-day service called Fast Baggage. If you check your bag before 09:00, you can pick it up after 18:00 the same day. The cost for this service is CHF 22 per bag.

Are There Lockers At Zermatt Train Station?

Yes, there is luggage storage available at Zermatt train station. The station provides both a left luggage office and lockers.

The lockers come in various sizes and are suitable for storing small to large-sized luggage. Depending on the size, locker costs range from 4 to 10 Swiss Francs for a period of 24 hours. If you leave your luggage for longer, you simply have to pay an additional fee.

There’s also a luggage deposit service available at the train station. This service allows you to deposit your luggage at the train station so that your hands are free during your visit.

For those flying out of Zurich, the Fly Rail service is another option. This service costs 20 to 25 Swiss Francs per bag and ensures your luggage gets on your flight to your destination.

Additionally, there are third-party services like Nannybag and Eelway that provide luggage storage in Zermatt. 

The trains are the most efficient way to get to Zermatt, Switzerland.

Driving To Zermatt By Car

You can either self-drive or hire a private transfer to drive to Zermatt. Self-driving will require you to park in the neighbouring village of Täsch and take a taxi or train to Zermatt. A transfer may be able to drive to Zermatt or they will switch you to a local taxi once you arrive in Täsch. Only cars with a permit can drive the road between Täsch and Zermatt.

No cars can drive further than the village of Spiss in Zermatt, transfers will drop you off at the Urania car park and from there you can take an electro taxi to your accommodation. 

Where Can I Park My Car In Zermatt

Täsch is approximately 7 kilometres from Zermatt. There are parking facilities available in Täsch where you can leave your car. These include both indoor and outdoor options, with over 2,100 covered parking spaces available.

Arriving In Zermatt From Täsch

Once you’ve parked your car in Täsch, there are regular trains operated by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn that can take you on the short 12-minute ride to Zermatt. Trains run every 20 minutes.

Alternatively, you can also opt for a taxi or limousine service from Täsch. Some hotels also offer private shuttles for their guests.

Travelling To Zermatt From Interlaken

Your journey will begin at either Interlaken Ost or Interlaken West stations. The usual route will have you catching a train from Interlaken to Spiez. From Spiez, you’ll then board another train to Visp. And once you get to Visp, you’ll switch to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, and voila! You’re on your way to the town centre.

And if you’re feeling a little extra, why not take the scenic Glacier Express route? Sure, you’ll have to leave Interlaken a bit early and travel to Andermatt where you can board the Glacier Express, but trust me, the views are worth it!

One-way tickets start from around CHF 40. Not too shabby for an unforgettable journey through the Swiss Alps, eh?

Driving from Interlaken to Täsch takes roughly 2.5 hours via the car train and Visp or 3 hours on the non-car train route. Both of these routes are on toll roads, make sure to order or pick up a Swiss vignette from the border or nearest fuel station.

What Is A Swiss Vignette?

A vignette in Switzerland is a road tax sticker for your car, which is obligatory for driving on motorways in the country. The Swiss motorway vignette allows you to use the Swiss motorway network with your private vehicle.

The cost of a vignette varies depending on the vehicle and the duration of stay in Switzerland. For example, a vignette for vehicles under 3.5 tonnes costs CHF 40 per year.

In 2023, an electronic version of the vignette has also become available. The validity of the e-vignette begins when it is successfully purchased and is for the same period as the physical vignette.

The traditional paper vignette is an adhesive sticker delivered by mail, which must be affixed on the windshield to be valid. It’s valid from December 1st of the preceding year until January 31st of the following year, providing a total of 14 months of coverage.

You can purchase the vignette at customs, post offices, petrol stations near the border, and online. Vignettes are compulsory on all national class 1 and 2 roads.

The front of a campervan overlooking the Swiss Alps.

Is There Campervan Parking In Zermatt?

If you’re travelling to Zermatt in your campervan be aware that the closest campsite for vans and motorhomes is in Täsch. However, this campsite only runs from May to October. There are also affordable parking and sleeping options at the Matterhorn Parking in Randa. 

Switzerland is strict when it comes to wild camping in a campervan and the valley between Zermatt and Randa is a no wild camping area.

What Is The Best Way To Reach Zermatt?

The best way to get to Zermatt is by train, from reliability, scenery and services like luggage transport, the train is more relaxing, and more efficient and delivers you straight to the heart of the town.

The train is often considered the best way to get to Zermatt for several reasons:

Car-Free Village : Zermatt is a car-free town, which means vehicles are not allowed within the city limits to preserve its pristine environment and reduce noise pollution. As a result, the train is one of the few ways to reach the town centre.

Direct Access : The train takes you directly into the heart of the village, providing convenience and ease of access.

Scenic Journey : The train journey to Zermatt is known for its scenic beauty. Travelling by train allows you to enjoy the stunning Swiss countryside and mountain landscapes on your way to the village.

Convenient Connections : There are train services with only one change from both Geneva and Zurich airports, with connections every half hour. This makes the train a convenient option if you’re arriving by air.

Reliability : Swiss trains are famous for their punctuality and reliability, ensuring you arrive in Zermatt as scheduled.

Sustainability : Train travel is more environmentally friendly compared to driving or flying, aligning with the sustainable ethos of Zermatt.

Luggage Transfer: The luggage service offered by SBB, means that you can travel light and luggage free until you reach your final station or accommodation.

Although there are no direct trains to Zermatt, it is still a worthwhile journey. You’re traversing through some of the most beautiful landscapes Switzerland has to offer, and all from the comfort of a train seat. That’s what I call sightseeing!

And one last thing, if you’re planning to use the luggage transport service, make sure you check when the baggage counter closes. 

A stunning sunrise from Stellisee lake.

Travelling To Zermatt Affordably

Travelling to Zermatt on a budget requires careful planning, but it’s definitely possible. Here are some tips to journey to this Swiss mountain village without breaking the bank:

Travel By Train : The cheapest way to get to Zermatt is by train, with fares as low as CHF 51. If you’re travelling within Switzerland, consider getting a Swiss Travel Pass, which offers unlimited travel on trains, buses, and boats throughout the country.

Look out for super saver tickets on SBB or buy a half-far card if you plan to do a lot of train travel within Switzerland over a year.

Book In Advance : Whether it’s your flight, train ticket, or accommodations, booking in advance can often secure you the best deals.

Skip The Taxis : Zermatt is a small village and most places can be reached by foot. Alternatively, you can use the electric buses which are included with your lift pass.

Flight Options : Sometimes, flights to Milan are cheaper than to Switzerland, check all airport and train combinations for the best deal.

How Do I Reach Zermatt From The UK?

There are lots of convenient ways to travel to Zermatt from the UK, including over night ferries and self driving, trains that travel via London and Paris, and flights from and to many nearby airports.

Travelling To Zermatt From London

Travelling to Zermatt from London can be done in several ways:

By Train : You can take a Eurostar train from London St Pancras direct to Paris, then connect to a train to Visp where you switch to a local train to Zermatt. The entire journey takes around 12-13 hours.

By Air : Fly to one of the Swiss airports like Basel, Zurich or Geneva, and then take a train to Zermatt. This would take around 4 hours for the train ride after your flight. Alternatively, you can fly into Sion, Geneva, Zurich, or Milan and use a ski resort transfer service to reach Zermatt.

By Car: To travel by car you can either take Le Shuttle from Folkstone to Calais or the ferry from Dover to Calais and then drive through France, crossing the border into Switzerland near Jougne and to Zermatt, via Lausanne and Visp.

Travelling From The UK Via Ferry

Ferries from the UK to the Netherlands

There are three main ferry routes operating between England and the Netherlands. These include:

Harwich to Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam are operated by different service providers. Ferry companies like P&O ferries, Stenaline, and DFDS offer services from England to Holland. 

Ferries from the UK to France

There are several ferry routes from the UK to France, with operators including P&O Ferries, DFDS, and Brittany Ferries. Popular routes include Dover to Calais (P&O Ferries and DFDS), Portsmouth to Caen (Brittany Ferries), and Newhaven to Dieppe (DFDS). 

The frequency and duration of these services vary, with the shortest crossing (Dover to Calais) taking around 90 minutes. Remember to check the latest schedules and prices as they can vary.

A man crossing the glacier at the foot of Mettelhorn.

Getting Around Zermatt

There are lots of ways to get around Zermatt, including walking, cycling, electro taxis and electro buses with convenient routes to access most of the main areas of the town including the lift stations.

The electro buses are also included with your lift pass, making them a convenient way to get to the lifts and train station at any time of the year.

Are There Taxis In Zermatt?

Yes, there are taxis in Zermatt, but they’re not your typical taxis. Given that Zermatt is a car-free town, the taxis here are electric. These e-taxis are available 24/7 and offer services such as direct transfers to Zermatt’s town entrance, airport transfers, and more.

There are several taxi companies operating in Zermatt, including Taxi Schaller and Taxi Christophe. The cost for a taxi ride in Zermatt is typically between 15 to 25 Swiss Francs (CHF). Some hotels even offer complimentary shuttle services for their guests.

The Wrap-Up | How To Get To Zermatt

Reaching the picturesque town of Zermatt offers an adventure in itself. Whether you choose to take in Europe’s stunning landscapes through a scenic train journey, opt for the speed and convenience of air travel, or enjoy the freedom of driving up to Täsch, there’s a mode of transport to suit every traveller’s preference. 

Once you’re in Zermatt, you’ll be greeted by the unique experience of a car-free town, where electric taxis and buses are ready to whisk you away to your accommodation. Regardless of the route you choose, the journey to Zermatt is just the beginning of an unforgettable Swiss Alps experience. 

So pack your bags and let the adventure begin! Safe travels!

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How To Get To Zermatt, Switzerland’s Stunning Mountain Town, In 2023

wooden chalets in Zermatt town with mountains behind, including the very steep peak of the Matterhorn

If this picturesque Swiss town nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn has captured your imagination, you might be wondering how to get to Zermatt.

The short answer is that you can get to Zermatt by train, taxi or helicopter. Notice I didn’t mention cars? It is a car-free town, so you can’t drive all the way there. However, you can drive to a nearby town and get a taxi pick-up or train from there.

Read on for more detailed info on how to get to Zermatt, Switzerland.

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How To Get To Zermatt

Closest airport to zermatt.

Those travelling from outside of Switzerland may want to know what airport to fly into to get to Zermatt.

The closest airport to Zermatt is Sion , which is 81km (50 miles) away by road.

However, Sion is a small airport and is not that well connected. You might find it easier to get a flight into one of the following major airports, which are also within easy reach of Zermatt:

  • Bern: 131km / 81 miles by road
  • Milan Malpensa (in Italy): 175km / 109 miles by road
  • Geneva: 235km / 146 miles by road
  • Zurich:  259km / 160 miles by road

chalets in a town with the steep peak of the matterhorn mountain behind them

How To Get To Zermatt By Car 

If you prefer to travel by car, you might be asking ‘can you drive to Zermatt?’. The answer is no; or at least, not all the way.

As I mentioned earlier, Zermatt is a car-free town. There are certain vehicles with a licence to be in Zermatt, such as maintenance vehicles and taxis. But as a tourist or a visitor, you won’t be able to take your car there.

If you want to drive to Zermatt, you’ll need to leave your car in the town of Täsch , where there are parking facilities. From here, you can get a taxi transfer into Zermatt itself, or you can take the train.

For more info on the parking options available in Täsch, check out the parking info on Z ermatt.ch , or check with your hotel to see if they have a recommendation (many hotels can also arrange transfers from Täsch).

If you think driving to Zermatt is the best option for you, the estimated drive times to Täsch (without stopping) are:

  • From Sion airport: 1 hour & 5 minutes
  • From Bern airport: 2 hours & 20 minutes
  • From Geneva airport: 2 hrs & 35 minutes
  • From Milan Malpensa airport: 2 hours & 40 minutes
  • From Zurich airport: 3 hrs & 30 minutes

narrow pedestrian street in between chalets, with a view of mountains between them

How To Get To Zermatt By Train

It’s pretty easy to get to Zermatt by train because there’s a narrow-gauge cog railway line from Visp, with trains approximately every half hour. NB. The train goes up into the mountains, so make sure your 4-wheel suitcase is stowed securely or it could roll down the carriage!

Unlike driving in a car, you can go all the way to Zermatt by train because the station is in the town itself.

As well as the normal local trains, if you feel like a more special train journey, the Glacier Express runs from Zermatt to St Moritz, so you can arrive or depart in style on that scenic train.

I’ll outline some of the key train routes to Zermatt below, but whatever your starting point, you can find train times and book tickets on the main rail site, SBB.ch .

On the SBB site, just enter your starting station (eg  ‘Zürich Flughafen’ is Zurich airport train station) and then ‘Zermatt’ as the destination, plus the date you want to travel. Then tap ‘Search for connection’ and it will show you the available trains, including connections along the way, and the price options. The site even shows what platform your train will depart from!

If you have a swiss rail pass, make sure you flag that so that it shows you the prices with your discount applied. But, make sure you have the pass and the ticket with you when you travel – you need to show both your ticket and your pass to train inspectors.

train tracks and a small hut with forest and mountains in the background

Swiss Rail Passes

You might be able to save money on trains in Switzerland with a rail pass. Typically you have to pay something for the pass, and then you are entitled to money off certain fares, so the key thing is to know whether the money you save on fares is greater than the price you pay for the pass.  

In my experience, there’s no simple way to work out which is the best pass for you, unfortunately.

I found that I had to do a detailed comparison of the prices for the journeys I wanted to make with columns for the costs with each rail pass option, taking into account the specific conditions for each pass.

In the end, for me and the journeys I was planning to take in Switzerland, the best value combination of passes and tickets for my trip was the  Swiss Half Fare Card . This cost CHF120 (approx. £110 or US$135), but gave me 50% off most train journeys for one month, including the train to Jungfraujoch in Lauterbrunnen and the Glacier Express from Zermatt.

To help you make your own decision, check the inclusions and exclusions on the various rail passes on the  Swiss Travel Centre  site.

Sion Airport To Zermatt Train

To go from Sion Airport to Zermatt, you’ll first need to get a bus from the airport to Sion train station. From there, you can take a train to Zermatt, changing at Visp. The end-to-end journey should take 2 hours & 20 minutes.

Interlaken To Zermatt Train

Interlaken doesn’t have an airport, but it’s a popular destination within Switzerland and many people travel from Interlaken To Zermatt after spending two or three days in Interlaken .

You can take a train to Zermatt from either Interlaken Ost or Interlaken West stations, but it won’t be direct. You’ll need to change trains twice: first at Spiez and then also at Visp.

The whole journey should take around 2 hours and 15 minutes – and there’s some lovely scenery along the way! In fact, if you have time during our interchange at Spiez, there’s a lovely view of the town and the lake from just outside the station on Seestrasse.

church tower and town overlooking a lake and mountains at Spiez in switzerland

Bern Airport To Zermatt Train

From Bern Airport, the first leg is a bus to Belp train station. From there, you can get a train to Zermatt, which requires changes at Thun and Visp.

The journey should take just under 3 hours.

Geneva Airport To Zermatt Train

Geneva Airport has its own station and there’s only one change, at Visp. But the train takes a while as the route loops around Lake Geneva. The journey will take 3 hours & 50 minutes

Milan Malpensa Airport To Zermatt Train

Milan Malpensa might be close in terms of distance, but the train from there is one of the lengthier ones, with the best routes taking 4 hours.

This route involves taking a bus to Domodossola station, then a train, changing at Visp.

Zurich To Zermatt Train

From Zurich, you can get a train either from the Airport (Zurich Flughafen) or from Zurich’s main train station (Zurich HB). Either way, you’ll change trains at Visp and the end-to-end journey should be 3.5 hours from the airport and slightly less from Zurich HB.

How To Get To Zermatt By Helicopter

Zermatt is known for being an elite skiing resort, so I wasn’t that surprised when I discovered there’s a helipad so that uber-rich people can be choppered in!

If this is you, find out more about the Air Zermatt helicopter transfers .

Best Way To Get To Zermatt

So, what’s the best way to get to Zermatt?  In my opinion, the best way to get to Zermatt is by train.

A helicopter is clearly only an option for the super-rich.

They don’t want cars in Zermatt, so why try to get there by car? Unless your car is electric, it’s likely to be less environmentally friendly than taking the train, and you’ll only be paying for parking the whole time you’re there.

And trains are a great option for getting around Switzerland in general – there’s a really good rail network there, with regular connections to Zermatt. And the views from the trains are lovely!

turquoise river and green trees seen from a train window in switzerland

Zermatt FAQs

Is zermatt closer to zurich or geneva.

Zermatt is closer to Geneva in terms of distance by road and quicker to get to by car from there. However, if you choose trains as your mode of transport, it’s slightly quicker to get from Zurich to Zermatt by train.  

Getting Around Zermatt

Seeing as Zermatt is car-free, you might be wondering how to get around the town once you’re there.

Whilst there are some electric cars/buggies around, the main mode of transport is walking or cycling. Oh, and you should take care to look out for the bikes and electric buggies when you’re there – they’re both quiet and can take you by surprise as you walk around the narrow streets of the town.

river with a path and chalets behind it and the steep peak of the matterhorn mountain behind it

How Many Days In Zermatt Is Enough?

There’s no magic number and of course, it depends on what you’re there to do. If you’re in Zermatt for skiing or snowboarding, I imagine you might want a week or so, although I’m sure some go for just a weekend.

I was there in the summer and I really just wanted to get into the mountains and to see the Matterhorn. I didn’t have the budget to take my time in Switzerland, because of how expensive it is, so I only spent two days there. I could have done with one more day, though, I think, so 3 days would have been my ideal.

What Is The Best Month To Visit Zermatt?

Again, it depends on what you’re there for.

Zermatt boasts of skiing 365 days a year, although I believe the high season remains the winter months.

I neither ski nor snowboard, so whilst I am sure the place looks gorgeous all white and snowy, I saw it in June, as part of a summer exploration in Switzerland and Norway. For what I wanted to do, the temperature was great and the town didn’t seem overly busy.

green hillside with the matterhorn mountain rising behind it

What Is There To Do In Zermatt?

There are various winter sports available, including skiing, snowboarding and heliskiing. As I said, I haven’t experienced these activities, but there’s plenty of information available on the town website .

snow-capped mountain with a glacier flowing down and around the base of it

Things To Do In Zermatt In Summer

Other than skiing/snowboarding, here are some of the things to do in Zermatt in the summer:

  • Explore the quaint wooden chalets in the old part of the village
  • Walk along the Gornera , a glacial river that runs through the town
  • Enjoy the views of the Matterhorn . In my opinion, the best views are from the river; there’s a viewpoint in the town on the terrace just outside the Town Hall, too.
  • Visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise , which has views of the Matterhorn, as well as dozens of other mountains and glaciers in France, Italy and Switzerland, including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the north, the north face of the Breithorn in the west, and Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, in the east.
  • Take the mountain train to Gornergrat , which has a spectacular view of the Matterhorn, but also 29 other 4,000m+ peaks, including Dufourspitze and Dom, Switzerland’s highest peaks and twin peaks, Castor and Pollux. You can look directly over the impressive Gorner glacier, which flows down through the valley below.
  • Hike to Riffelsee for lovely alpine scenery and a perfect reflection of the Matterhorn in the lake. It’s easy to do from Rotenboden station on the Gornergrat train line.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also paragliding with a Matterhorn view !

tall pointy mountain reflected in the still water of a lake

Where Is The Best Place To Stay In Zermatt?

The best part of town for Matterhorn views is near the river. However, these are further from the train station, so if you want to avoid lugging your suitcase very far, that’s the place to be.

I stayed fairly near the station. I didn’t have a view of the Matterhorn, but I saw it often on my wanderings. My hotel was the Hotel Garni Testa , in which I had a compact but very comfortable room. The staff were really lovely – very friendly and helpful throughout my stay.

The Last Word

I hope this has clarified the best way to get to Zermatt and also given you some ideas about what to do there. If you are interested in other pretty towns or villages in Switzerland, have you considered Lauterbrunnen , which sits in a spectacular valley surrounded by mountains and waterfalls?

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Brilliant images here. Wow! Cool idea for a car-free town. Little noise pollution – or exhaust pollution – sounds beautiful to me. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

Thank you, Ryan! It’s a pretty cool little town – and the mountains around it are amazing!

Your experience is extensive and the manner you present your travel blog is invaluable. All the information on seeing the beauty of Zermatt and the surrounding area in the summer months was a treasure to read and so delicately put together with phenomenal photographs especially of the Matterhorn. Michael & Family

Thanks so much for your feedback and encouragement, Michael 🙂

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How To Get To Zermatt: Train, Plane & Car

Zermatt is located in the heart of the southern Swiss Alps and is extremely well connected. You can reach it easily by both train and car, once you land in Switzerland.

Zermatt has a huge range of exciting activities and adventures just waiting for you. This includes hiking, skiing, mountain biking, helicopter rides and relaxing days at the spa!

The following are the various options you have for getting to Zermatt. I have included information about trains, parking, airports and other helpful information.

Getting To Zermatt By Train

The easiest and best way to get to Zermatt is by train. Because Zermatt is a car-less village, the train is the only way to get right into the heart of Zermatt.

You can catch a train from any major city in Switzerland to get to Visp, which is where the Zermatt train starts. It will then take you right to Zermatt train station in the heart of the town.

Here are some examples of train times to Zermatt:

  • Geneva to Zermatt – approximately 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Zurich to Zermatt – approximately 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Basel to Zermatt – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Bern to Zermatt – approximately 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Lucerne to Zermatt – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Interlaken to Zermatt – approximately 2 hours 25 minutes

You can plan your exact travel times on the SBB website and also buy tickets. If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, then the whole trip is covered with that.

Getting To Zermatt by Car

Zermatt is also relatively easy to get to by car. You just need to be aware that you will have to leave your car in the Täsch car park and catch the train from there into Zermatt.

Because Zermatt is car-free you are not allowed to drive into the village. 

The train travel time from Täsch to Zermatt is 12 minutes. Trains typically depart from Täsch three times per hour at 8, 28 and 45 minutes past the hour.

Parking In Täsch

The main car park in Täsch is called the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch. It has 2100 car parking spaces, so there is plenty of space

The price for parking in Täsch is 

  • 1 day – 16 CHF
  • 2 days – 24 CHF
  • 3 days – 40 CHF
  • 4 days – 56 CHF
  • 5 days – 72 CHF
  • 6 days – 88 CHF
  • 7 days – 104 CHF

So, parking here is definitely not cheap. And if you stay for a longer period, you might start to question the price of car rental, the cost of gas, the train ticket and the parking. Compare this to the individual cost of a train ticket, as well as the relaxation of just sitting in the train!

Closest Airports To Zermatt

The closest airport to Zermatt is the local airport in Sion, located i hour and 15 minutes from Zermatt.

However, if you are arriving in Switzerland at a major airport then your two best options are Zurich and Geneva. Zurich is the closest airport by train, however, if you are coming by car, it is faster to drive from Geneva by around one hour.

Best Way To Get To Zermatt

If you are looking for the fastest travel time, then driving by car from Geneva Airport is your best bet. However, it is faster to get to Zermatt from Zurich by train.

If you are looking for comfort, then the train is by far the best and most direct option, with one train change along the way.

In terms of price, it the train definitely is your best bet if you have a Swiss Travel Pass. Otherwise, you will have to calculate the cost of each ticket for your travel party vs car rental, parking and the train from Täsch.

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A complete guide for visiting Zermatt, Switzerland

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Zermatt in Switzerland is famous for the Matterhorn mountain, which is one of the highest summits in Europe and is instantly recognisable by its narrow peak (and from being on the Toblerone packet!). Seeing the Mattherhorn in Zermatt is one of the best things to in Switzerland and a must when visiting this beautiful country. This guide will cover everything you need to know about visiting Zermatt.

How to get to Zermatt? What is there to see and do in Zermatt?

1. See Switzerland’s famous Matterhorn mountain 2. Learn about the history of Zermatt 3. Go shopping on Zermatt’s main street 4. Snuggle up and enjoy a hot drink 5. Hit Zermatt’s ski slopes 6. Go Mountain biking 7. Go for a hike with views over Zermatt’s mountain ranges

What is there to do in Zermatt for families? When is the best time to visit Zermatt? What to pack for a visit to Zermatt? How many days do you need in Zermatt?

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A complete guide for visiting Zermatt, Switzerland – how to get there and the best things to do

Zermatt is a popular resort for skiing, hiking and mountain biking. Before planning your trip to Zermatt, you’ll need to know how to get there and what there is to do, so that you can plan how long to stay, so here is my handy guide complete with my top tips and recommendations for planning your visit to Zermatt.

How to get to Zermatt?

Zermatt is car free, so the only way to get there is by train or taxi (or helicopter if you’re feeling fancy!).

Täsch is the ‘jumping off’ point for everyone visiting Zermatt. From here you will need to either travel by train or taxi the rest of the way to Zermatt. If you have your own car, there are plenty of companies offering park and ride packages, where you park your car with them and they will take you by taxi to the entrance of Zermatt. The most popular method of transport is the Täsch – Zermatt shuttle train. The train only takes 12 minutes and runs frequently everyday, so no need to book. At the Täsch station, there is also a huge, secure car park which costs just 16 CHF (£14) per day. You can book ahead if you would like, but we just turned up and collected a ticket on entry.

Once you arrive in Zermatt, there are small electric shuttle taxis to take you to your accommodation if you are staying over, but to be honest, the town is small enough that it’s easy to walk the rest of the way, if you are able to.

The fact that Zermatt is car free means that you will need to plan a little more in terms of how to get there and which option works best for you, but the public transport is so easy and convenient and Zermatt is definitely worth visiting and the little bit extra planning you need to do get there is no hassle.

The Matterhorn reflecting in Stelisee on the 5 lakes walk in Zermatt

What is there to see and do in Zermatt?

1. see switzerland’s famous matterhorn mountain.

The Matterhorn is Zermatt’s main attraction, and luckily, you don’t have to do a long hike to see the famous mountain peak, which is great if you’re only visiting for the day! The Matterhorn can be seen from the town (we were lucky enough to see it from our hotel room!). If you don’t manage to get a room with a view, or you’re only visiting for the day, head to the church in the centre of Zermattt, where there is a viewing platform with a telescope to get a closer look.

The Matterhorn viewpoint from Zermatt Church

2. Learn about the history of Zermatt

You can also find out about the history of the region and learn about mountaineers who have climbed the Matterhorn at the Matterhorn museum, next to the church. Entry to the museum is 10 CHF per person.

3. Go shopping on Zermatt’s main street

If you have some spare cash to spend, there are plenty of high end jewellery, watch and clothes shops in the town, as well as hiking and skiing equipment stores.

4. Snuggle up and enjoy a hot drink

A great way to spend the afternoon in Zermatt is to sit outside at a bar, snuggled under the warmth of a heater with a hot chocolate or aperitif. There’s some great places in the main town, but I would recommend heading slightly away from the main high street to Bergrestaurant Blatten which is surrounded by meadows and mountain views.

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The town of Zermatt, Switzerland

5. Hit Zermatt’s ski slopes

Depending on what time of year you visit, Zermatt is a popular ski resort and the winter season is the busiest time of year. Unfortunately I don’t ski or snowboard so for advice on the best slopes and runs for you, check out the Zermatt tourism board .

6. Go Mountain biking

During the summer months, Mountain biking is a popular activity in and around Zermatt. Again, for the best routes to suit your level, visit the Zermatt tourism board.

7. Go for a hike with views over Zermatt’s mountain ranges

There are so many hiking routes in Zermatt to choose from, and, once again, the Zermatt tourism website is a great place to research the best trail for you. We did two hikes in the two days we were in Zermatt, the 5 Lakes (5-Seeweg) trail and also an edited version of the Kulturweg trail, which is a great short trail, starting from the centre of Zermatt. Check out my post here for more detail on these two hikes.

The Matterhorn reflecting in Grindjsee on the 5 Lakes Walk, Zermatt

What is there to do in Zermatt for families?

Child-friendly hikes, mountain biking routes and skiing aside, there’s lots to do for families in Zermatt. Just outside of town is the Forest Fun park, which has lots of activities such as a tree top adventure and climbing. There are also several smaller playgrounds around Zermatt.

If you want to venture a little further out of the main town, Leisee lake is another great choice for families. It is just a 10 minute walk from the funicular station at Sunnegga and has a beach, playground, barbeque areas and you can also swim in the lake in warmer, summer months. It offers great views of the Matterhorn too.

The view of the Matterhorn from Sunnegga

Check out some more activities and attractions in Zermatt:

When is the best time to visit Zermatt?

Zermatt can be visited all year round, with hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter months. For the best value, visit in the shoulder season. We went to Zermatt in early October, when the hiking season is coming to an end and the ski season is getting started. Going in the shoulder season means that accommodation is slightly cheaper and there are fewer crowds.

Be warned that visiting in the shoulder season can have some downfalls. When we visited in early October, some of the gondola routes were already closed for the season, which meant that certain hikes were not possible, but in all honesty, that didn’t cause us any concern as we were quite flexible on what hike we completed. There was also a little bit of construction on some of the hikes and in the town, as preparations for ski season were underway. Some of the restaurants (particularly the mountain chalets) were also closed, but again, this didn’t spoil the experience for us, as there was plenty open for us to choose from and still a great atmosphere.

What to pack for a visit to Zermatt?

What you pack will of course vary depending on the season you are visiting and the activity you will be doing, but you will definitely need to pack layers! The weather can vary in degrees very quickly from morning to afternoon and depending on what altitude you are at, so pack thin layers and take them with you.

You will need sun cream, even in the winter. Even when we went in October, the sun was so strong, and despite the weather being just 5 degrees, we found ourselves peeling off the layers once we got hiking, as the sun made us so warm!

Switzerland has some of the freshest water, meaning that not only can you drink the tap water, but it is also delicious! Make sure that you take a reusable water bottle to fill up before your day out, especially if you will be hiking all day.

Make sure that you pack plenty of snacks, especially if you are hiking out of season, as a lot of the mountain restaurants will be closed. There’s plenty of shops and bakeries in the town to grab supplies before you go.

If you’re hiking, make sure you have good, sturdy, supportive shoes and, depending on what route you take, hiking poles may be needed.

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How many days do you need in Zermatt?

Again, this does depend on what activity you are wanting to do in Zermatt. If you simply want to see the Matterhorn and experience the town, then you can visit Zermatt on a day trip. Personally, I think that one day is too short. We spent two nights in Zermatt, meaning we had two full days. During that time, we managed to wander round the town, complete two hikes and enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of the resort. If you enjoy hiking, I would recommend 2-3 nights in Zermatt in order for you to complete a couple of hikes. If you are in Zermatt for skiing, you may want to stay a little longer.

I hope you’ve found this guide useful when planning your trip to Zermatt. In my opinion, visiting Zermatt and seeing the famous Mattherhorn is a must in Switzerland and is one of the best things to do here!

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A Guide to Zermatt Switzerland

As the most renowned ski resort in Switzerland , Zermatt brings to life all your expectations of what a ski holiday should be. The picturesque chateaus nestled high in the mountainous terrain and the panoramic views set the scene, with the world-famous Matterhorn glowing in the background. So, we bring to you a complete guide to Zermatt Switzerland!

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Guide to Zermatt

Zermatt town.

No matter where you choose to base yourself in Zermatt, you will never be too far away from the happenings in town as everything is relatively close to reach on foot. In town you can choose from a variety of restaurants to cater to your budget (they even have a McDonalds which is by no means a recommendation when you have so much great local food to try, but to allow for scope!)

In town you will also find a great range of swiss chocolatiers if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth! Crêpes seem to be a real hit too, with a few crêperies to be found in the main street and many cafes serving them on the menu.

If you’ve forgotten anything before hitting the slopes you will have no trouble at all finding ski goggles and sportswear galore in town, as well as a plethora of souvenir shops selling everything from ear muffs through to cow bells.

If you don’t plan to ski there is still plenty to do to keep yourself busy for 5-7 days in Zermatt, ranging from an ice skating rink through to the central Matterhorn Museum. However most vacationers arrive to hit the slopes, so if you haven’t been skiing before you should still consider lessons, as despite the Intermediate-Advanced rating of most of the mountain, you will still find some slopes suited for beginners (especially around Sunnegan – read on for more).

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Where to Stay in Zermatt

Although small in size, Zermatt is first and foremost a vacation ski town, so there are plenty of accommodations on offer. However it should be said early on that Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s premier ski destinations and prices are steep, not only with the most expensive ski lift passes in the country but also some of the most expensive hotel and chalet rates. Tempston Luxury offer some of the best catered and self-catered private properties! Rent a luxury ski chalet in Zermatt through Tempston and expect nothing less than a private pool, hot tub, sauna, staff and more!

For our time in Zermatt we checked in to a comfortable four star ski hotel, the Sunstar Style Hotel . Nothing is too far away in Zermatt, but this hotel was ideally located a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre and thus far enough away from the business of town without being far to walk to the centre of everything.

If you’re looking for the best of the best, the Hotel Monte Rosa is a great pick in the centre of Zermatt, or for something a little more secluded check yourself in to The Omnia.

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Hitting the Slopes

One thing is for sure when in Zermatt – you will be amazed at the sheer size of the mountain and all its offerings, often feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to see in so little time (you could easily spend a week or two here!) For a full map of the slopes, lifts and trains, see here . There are plenty of Switzerland ski resorts to choose from, however as the winter season fills up quickly we recommend booking in advance.

For advanced skiers around 20% of the mountain is classified as black and there are ample opportunities to ski off piste, though a local guide is recommended before tackling this kind of terrain!

For intermediate skiers there are endless slopes to choose from in three main sectors, including the option to ski across the border in to Italy. Tow thirds of the runs on the mountain are classed as red, so you will have ample opportunity to experience different aspects of the mountain. Cervinia is a great place to start and offers the chance to view the Matterhorn up close!

For beginner skiers (like myself!), Zermatt can at first seem quite intimidating, with only 16% of the mountain classed as blue runs. Sunnegga is a great place to start with a few gentle slopes to warm up on, followed by a few blue slopes to experience once you’ve gained your confidence. Other spots for beginners include Täsch ski lift and Randa ski lift.

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Where & What to Eat in Zermatt

If this is your first time in Switzerland then prepare yourself for the abundance of flavours in the rich Swiss cuisine (I’m drooling just remembering some of these dishes – rosti, cremeschnitte and oodles of cheese!)

Said to be the best value for money is the popular monutain Restaurant Chez Vrony, home to moderately priced, delicious and classic Swiss cuisine.

Another popular choice also in the mountain is Findlerhof , with views of the matterhorn on a clear day.

For cheese lovers, be sure to pop into Saycheese! to try a local Swiss delicacy; the cheese fondue! This is a real treat in the wintertime as it really warms you from the insides out.

And for fine diners there is a range of gastronomical restaurants on offer throughout town – just don’t expect to leave with change in your pocket!

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How to Get to Zermatt Switzerland

Getting to Zermatt is a journey in itself, as the easiest and most time friendly way to arrive is by train, though connections with Zurich, Basel and Geneva are all over 3 hours in duration. Bern is the closest Swiss city to connect from, though flights in to the capital are limited.

Zurich is extremely well connected with international destinations so may be the easiest city to fly in to from abroad. We flew with Emirates, who offer 3 flights per day from Dubai. From there, the train journey takes roughly 3-3.5 hours with 1 or 2 connections.

Geneva is also well connected, though the train journey to Zermatt is a little longer at 3 hours and 50 minutes, with a change in Visp. Travelling by car is slightly shorted (at under 3 hours), though you must leave your car at Tasch as Zermatt is car free, offering electronic buses and taxis to transport visitors around the town.

Another viable option is to fly in to Basel (a popular choice for budget airlines within Europe), with a train journey of 3 hours and 15 minutes, requiring one or two changes.

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Geneva to Zermatt Train: All You Need To Know

Darla Uhl

  • April 14, 2022 December 11, 2023

In case you are in Geneva and would like to travel to Zermatt, find out exactly how to get from Geneva to Zermatt with this guide. Having been to Zermatt many times, I highly recommend the lovely and scenic journey from Geneva to Zermatt.

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Travel from Geneva to Zermatt

Gornergrat in Zermatt is a great choice. You can visit it by going from Geneva to Zermatt.

Geneva   is a global city in every sense, and soon after arriving here, you’ll hear people speaking languages from all over the world. On the shores of Lake Geneva , it is the second-most populous city in Switzerland and the most populous in the French-speaking part. 

Thanks to its many international organizations,  Geneva  is a global city, a financial center, and a diplomatic hub. As home to the United Nations, Red Cross, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and many more, Geneva truly is an important city for diplomacy, international cooperation, and humanitarian engagement.

As one of the most populous and visited cities in Switzerland, people who are in Geneva might consider visiting Zermatt by train. Traveling by train in Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would definitely recommend traveling by train between Geneva and Zermatt.

If you are thinking of  taking the train  from  Geneva to Zermatt  or the other way around, read below.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

You can start by visiting the SBB website:  www.sbb.ch.  Using the website, you can type in your departure and arrival destinations. It will then guide you to where and when you need to be. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

If you wish to pay half the fare for all your train rides in Switzerland, a  Half Fare Discount Card (1-month validity) is available on  www.sbb.ch . This allows you to travel for half the price on all SBB routes and most other railways during the duration of your discount card.

Using the Swiss Pass , you get unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in Switzerland. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.

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You can obtain from RailEurope the following travel passes :

  • Swiss Travel Pass – choose between continuous or flexible Swiss train passes for 3, 4, 8, or 15 days. The perks? unlimited use in over 90 Swiss cities, free admission to more than 500 museums , and discounts on mountain railways and cable cars. You also get discounts on high-speed Lyria trains between France and Switzerland as well as Nightjet trains that go through Switzerland. See RailEurope for more information.
  • Eurail Global Pass – unlimited train travel to 40,000 destinations in 33 European countries for non-EU residents
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How To Get From Geneva To Zermatt by Train

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There is no direct train from Geneva to Zermatt.

To travel by train from Geneva to Zermatt , you will have to take the following trains:

  • Take the train from  Geneva  to  Visp .
  • In Visp, take the train to  Zermatt .

The travel time from Geneva to Zermatt is  3 hours and 31 minutes to 3 hours and 45 minutes.

How To Get From Geneva Airport To Zermatt by Train

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There is no direct train from Geneva Airport to Zermatt.

To travel by train from Geneva Airport to Zermatt , you will have to take the following trains:

  • Take the train from  Geneva Airport  to  Visp .

The travel time from Geneva Airport to Zermatt is  3 hours and 50 minutes to 3 hours and 56 minutes.

You cannot bring your car directly to Zermatt. Zermatt is car-free.

How to Travel From Zermatt to Geneva by Train

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To travel by train from Zermatt to Geneva, you will have to take the following trains:

  • Take the train from Zermatt  to  Visp .
  • In Visp, take the train to  Geneva .

The travel time from Zermatt to Geneva is 3 hours and 37 minutes to 3 hours and 54 minutes.

How To Get From Zermatt to Geneva Airport by Train

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To travel by train from Zermatt to Geneva Airport, you will have to take the following trains:

  • In Visp, take the train to  Geneva Airport .

The travel time from Zermatt to Geneva Airport is 3 hours and 46 minutes to 4 hours and 4 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Zermatt?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are  no direct trains from Geneva to Zermatt. There are also no direct trains that will take you from the international airport in Geneva to Zermatt.

In Visp, you’ll need to change to a connecting train for Zermatt and vice versa.

How Long Is the Train Ride From Geneva to Zermatt?

The following table shows the  train ride duration  from  Geneva to  Zermatt or the other way around (updated December 2023):

Is the Train Route From Geneva to Zermatt Scenic?

Although the trains connecting both places are not panoramic trains unlike Bernina Express , the route from Geneva to Zermatt is scenic. From Geneva, you will be treated to fantastic views of Lake Geneva until it reaches Montreux .

Besides that, the route from Visp to Zermatt is pretty scenic.

Other Scenic Trains

In case you would like to check out other scenic trains, then there are more scenic trains recommended below. These are the  Golden Pass Line ,  the   Glacier Express ,  and   the   Bernina Express .  Another interesting train is the Historical Train that goes from Davos to Filisur.

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Your other options in detail are the following:

  • Golden Pass – The Golden Pass departs typically from Lucerne, Interlaken, or Montreux. The Golden Pass has panorama coaches and is scenic.
  • Glacier Express – Glacier Express   is a long journey that starts from Zermatt, home of Matterhorn. It then traverses 291 bridges and 91 tunnels before stopping in St. Moritz. Both Zermatt and St. Moritz are beautiful mountain resorts worthy of a longer stay. The Glacier Express   passes by several idyllic mountain villages.
  • Bernina Express – Bernina Express is another train route that begins in  Chur . Chur is the oldest alpine city in Switzerland and definitely worth visiting. This train route spans 196 bridges. It goes through 55 tunnels and passes 20 beautiful villages in Switzerland. For you to go on this scenic train, you will have to go from Zurich or Lucerne to Chur first.
  • Historical Train Davos to Filisur – May through October, vintage carriages are pulled by the century-old crocodile locomotive from Davos Platz to Filisur . The train line covers a total length of 4,200 meters through 14 tunnels and 28 bridges. Its scenic highlights include the Wiesen Viaduct and the Zügen Gorge .

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Geneva to Zermatt Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Geneva to Zermatt:

As you can see, if you avail of the  Half Fare Travel Card , you can save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is something to consider during your travel to Switzerland. You can do simple calculations and decide from there if it will be worth it for you.

Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

No, there is no need to reserve a spot on the train. But you can always add this option if that is your wish.

Recommended Hotels in Zermatt

Staying in Zermatt? Check out these hotels.

If you would like to spend more time in Zermatt, you can check out our hotel recommendations below:

  • Mont Cervin Palace (5-star) – The 5-star Mont Cervin Palace was opened in 1851 and belongs to the “Leading Hotels of the World.” Almost all of the guest rooms have a balcony or patio with a view of the Matterhorn. There is also an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness area of 18,300 square feet, an indoor play area, a game room, and a bar at the hotel.
  • Naco Aparthotel Arca (4-star) – A 5-minute walk from Zermatt’s train station, Naco Aparthotel offers spacious rooms with a fully equipped kitchen, a microwave, a dining area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a shower and bathrobes. Guests can enjoy a continental or buffet breakfast, as well as a swimming pool.
  • Schlosshotel Zermatt Active & CBD Spa Hotel (4-star) – Just a few steps away from the Zermatt and Gornergrat train stations is this elegant hotel with an indoor pool and spa area. You can reach the Sunnega Cable Car easily and the bus to the Klein Matterhorn Ski Area is right outside the hotel.
  • Hotel Arca Solebad & Spa (3-star) – ARCA Solebad Wellness & Spa in Zermatt offers modern wellness facilities including an indoor swimming pool. It is located close to Zermatt Train Station, as well as the Gornergrat and the Sunnegga-Rothorn trains.
  • Zermatt Youth Hostel (Hostel) – It is possible to stay in Zermatt for less at a hostel. This hostel has everything you need, including internet access, laundry, board games, free breakfast, a microwave, and a security locker.

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How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Zermatt, Switzerland

Come for the Matterhorn, stay for the shopping.

The Matterhorn is one of the world's most dramatic mountains. Its sharply pointed peak attracts visitors around the world to the Swiss Alps to glimpse it for themselves, and there is perhaps no better place to do so than Zermatt. Not only is this southern Swiss resort town special for its views and ski slopes, but it's also famously car-free. This means it takes a little more effort to travel there and get around by train, electric taxi, or even — if you're romantically inclined — a horse-drawn carriage .

Whether or not you visit for the winter season, travelers will find that this place is an outdoor lover's paradise. It also doesn't hurt that there's plenty of culture, food, and shopping to be enjoyed. Here’s where to eat, see, and play on your next trip to Zermatt. 

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What to Know Before You Go

Located high up in the mountains in an area that is difficult to access, Zermatt has upheld the ban on combustion vehicles since 1966. Now for modern visitors, the only way to arrive is by train, taxi, or helicopter. If you are driving through Switzerland, you can park in the garages in the nearby town of Täsch and take the shuttle to Zermatt. There are also adorable blue electric buses to help visitors get around town upon arrival. 

Best Times to Visit Zermatt 

If you’re looking to visit Zermatt when the weather is warm and the birds are chirping, it may be best to look into a trip between June and September, when the average daily high hits above 69 degrees Fahrenheit. However, those in search of snowy scenery will likely want to come between December and March, when the average high consistently falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Best Things to Do in Zermatt

See the matterhorn..

If you’re going to Zermatt, odds are you already have plans to see the Matterhorn. If you don’t, you should add it to your itinerary immediately. This mountain is one of the highest in Europe, and it's a gorgeous sight to behold. You can admire it from town, but you should also plan to get a closer peek by taking the Gornergrat Railway , which brings passengers to the best viewpoint. Tip: sit on the right side for a stellar view along the entire journey.

Shop the Bahnhofstrasse.

Zermatt may be a small town, but it packs a major punch when it comes to shopping. Visit the Bahnhofstrasse, its main street area, to shop for clothing at Bijou les Boutiques, jewelry at Atelier Marcus Marienfeld, and ceramics souvenirs at Zermatt Keramik.

If you come in the winter, you simply must ski. Everyone from beginner to pro can find a trail that’s right for them on the mountain, as it is home to more than 200 miles of trails. One slope, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, goes on for a whopping 15.5 miles, so you could spend all day on just this one.  

Take a hike.

Visiting in the summer? Spend time on those same trails by hiking through the verdant landscape. There are more than 100 trails to explore, according to AllTrails , which also lists the Five Lakes Walk as the top community recommendation. This 6.8-mile trail is listed as moderate. Give yourself an entire day to complete it, so you can stop and enjoy the views for as long as you’d like. 

The Best Restaurants in Zermatt

Fuchs bakery.

Get a delicious start to the day by visiting the Fuchs Bakery , which produces freshly baked goods using locally sourced ingredients. This includes plenty of sweet treats alongside croissants and breads.

Madre Nostra

Grab a slopeside lunch or dinner at Madre Nostra , located at the Cervo Mountain Resort. On Mondays, meat eaters can enjoy a special three-course BBQ dinner and pescatarians, vegans, and vegetarians can still order the regular menu for Italian-style salad, pasta, and fish dishes.

3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat

Enjoy dinner with a view at 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat , the highest hotel and restaurant in the Swiss Alps. Its restaurant, Vis-à-Vis , offers Swiss-centric meals made with local ingredients, including salmon trout, fondue, and pork cordon bleu.

The Best Hotels in Zermatt 

Alpen resort hotel.

Consider booking yourself a classic Swiss chalet-style room at the Alpen Resort Hotel . Located close to both the town train station and the Gornergrat Railway, it’s a convenient property that also comes with all the bells and whistles one would want on a mountain getaway, including a full-service spa, sauna, pool, hot tubs, and more. 

Visitors seeking a little luxury on their Zermatt getaway should book a few nights at The Omnia . This upscale hotel features a massive wall of windows that look out onto the Matterhorn. With just 30 rooms, it’s a boutique offering that provides guests with ultra-personalized service, sustainable dining, lounge areas with spectacular views, and a gorgeous spa. 

Unique Hotel Post

Feel the history of Zermatt when you book a stay at the Unique Hotel Post , which first opened in 1875. Though the building may be old, its interiors are thoroughly modernized, and now include four restaurants, a small spa, and rooms overlooking the town. 

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How do you get around Zermatt without a car?

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There are several ways to get around Zermatt without a car. The town is a car-free zone, so walking is the most common form of transportation. However, there are also other alternatives available such as bicycles, eTaxis, and eBuses for more relaxed and unstressed means of transportation.

Is it easy to get around Zermatt?

Yes, it is easy to get around Zermatt. The town is a car-free zone, so walking is the most common form of transportation. Additionally, there are alternative options like bicycles, eTaxis, and eBuses available for more convenience.

Is the bus free in Zermatt?

If you have a lift pass or ticket for any of the main cable cars or trains in Zermatt (Sunegga, Gornergrat, or the Matterhorn Glacier Express gondola), travel on the buses in Zermatt is free. The buses are also free for season pass holders and anyone with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Can you walk everywhere in Zermatt?

Yes, you can walk everywhere in Zermatt. The village is a car-free zone, and walking is the most common form of transportation. With its charming and picturesque streets, exploring the town on foot allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Zermatt.

Do you need a car in Zermatt?

No, you do not need a car in Zermatt. The town is a car-free zone, and there are plenty of alternative transportation options available. You can reach Zermatt by train or use electric cars for hotel transfers. Helicopter transport is also an option for those who prefer it.

This town banned cars (except tiny electric ones)

Zermatt is known for its ban on cars, except for tiny electric ones used for commercial purposes and hotel transfers. This car-free policy has helped it maintain its picturesque charm and provides a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere for visitors.

How do you get around Zermatt?

In Zermatt, the main form of transportation is walking. As a car-free zone, walking allows visitors to fully explore the town and take in its charming atmosphere. Additionally, there are alternative options available such as bicycles, eTaxis, and eBuses for more convenience.

Is Zermatt walkable?

Yes, Zermatt is completely walkable. The village is known for its charming streets and traditional homes, making it a delight to explore on foot. Whether you’re wandering through the town or taking a leisurely stroll, walking is the best way to experience the beauty of Zermatt.

Is it worth going to Zermatt if you don’t ski?

Absolutely! Zermatt offers a variety of activities and attractions for non-skiers as well. From snowshoeing to ice skating, sledding, and sightseeing on the Gornergrat Railway, there are plenty of options to enjoy the winter wonderland. Additionally, Zermatt boasts a vibrant nightlife scene and numerous dining and shopping options.

What is not permitted in Zermatt?

In Zermatt, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the stations or on the lifts operated by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG. Passengers are also not allowed to cause a lift to start moving or use the shut-down device improperly. Vandalism of ZBAG lifts is strictly prohibited and offenders will be prosecuted.

Is Zermatt English-friendly?

Yes, Zermatt is typically English-friendly. While German is the most common language spoken, many locals also speak French, Italian, and English. The town’s rich cultural heritage and popularity among international visitors have made it accustomed to catering to a diverse range of languages.

Can you pay with Euros in Zermatt?

While most restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs in Zermatt do accept Euros, it is important to note that the exchange rate may not be favorable. It is recommended to have Swiss Francs (CHF) on hand for transactions as the local currency. The Swiss Franc is divided into 100 centimes.

Are there shuttles in Zermatt?

Yes, there are shuttles available in Zermatt. The Zermatt Shuttle operates at regular intervals, running every 20 minutes from 5:55 to 21:55. In the evenings, the shuttle runs hourly until 00:30/01:00. On weekends, the shuttle runs all night for added convenience.

Is Matterhorn free with Swiss Pass?

If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you can enjoy discounted fare tickets for access to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. As a Swiss Travel Pass holder, you can purchase tickets at nearly half the rate, allowing you to experience the stunning views and attractions of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at a more affordable cost.

How long is the ride from Zermatt to Matterhorn?

The journey from Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise takes approximately 40 minutes, including any necessary transfers. The route offers scenic views and allows you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains during the ride.

Why is Zermatt so popular?

Zermatt gained global recognition due to its iconic peak, the Matterhorn. The historic first summit of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper in 1865 put Zermatt on the map and attracted visitors from around the world. Beyond the Matterhorn, Zermatt offers a charming village atmosphere, stunning natural surroundings, and a wide range of outdoor activities, making it a popular destination for tourists.

Is the tap water in Zermatt drinkable?

Yes, the tap water in Zermatt is drinkable and of excellent quality. The water in Zermatt contains very low nitrate levels, and microbe values are well below the legal tolerance value. Zermatt takes pride in its clean and safe tap water, making it suitable for consumption.

What do you wear in Zermatt?

When visiting Zermatt, it is recommended to wear warm and waterproof outerwear such as jackets and boots. The weather can be chilly and rainy in the Alps, so it is important to dress accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are also essential for exploring the village and surrounding areas. Additionally, accessories like sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are recommended for sun protection.

How do I get to Zermatt village?

To reach Zermatt village, you can fly to Zurich or Geneva and then take a train to

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