| by train | by
car | to the apartment
Getting here by plane
The closest Swiss airports to Zermatt are in Zurich, Basel
and Geneva. In Italy, Milan Maltensa airport is about the same distance
away as Geneva. If you are coming for the UK, you can fly with Easyjet,
Swiss and BA. At least on Easyjet and Swiss, the earlier you book
the cheaper the tickets cost.
Getting here by train from the airports
Going by train from either of these airports to Zermatt is probably
the simplest method of getting here. The trains are pleasant and
the countryside is very pretty. Public transport in Switzerland
is impressively networked and punctual. Trains run from and to the
actual airports at Zurich and Geneva.
The journey from Geneva takes about
3.5 hours with trains leaving most hours at 18 minutes past the
From Zurich the train journey takes
about 4.5 hours. It is perfectly acceptable to buy a ticket from
the guard/ticket collector when he does his rounds.
In Basel airport, you have to exit
to the Swiss side, not the French side and then take a bus or taxi
to the SBB (Swiss/French) train station in Basel. The taxi ride
takes about 30 minutes. The taxis are metered and drivers don’t
expect a tip. The cost of the trip is around 40 –50 Swiss
Francs. The bus is cheaper.
Although Switzerland is largely a cash economy, cash or credit cards
can be used to purchase tickets, even on the train. The cost of
the tickets and all other details can be found on the SBB
(Swiss Railways) website. If you plan a lot of travel, perhaps
it is worthwhile purchasing a special visitors rail pass before
you leave home. This may offer substantial discounts.
Getting here by car
As there are no cars allowed in Zermatt, it is probably not worthwhile
to hire one if you are coming from an airport. The closest locations
for parking are in Brig or Täsch where you’d have to
pay to leave your car.
If you are leaving your car in Täsch, it will
take about ten more minutes on the train to Zermatt. At Täsch
station, you may collect a trolley similar to supermarket shopping
trolleys. They take a 5 CHF coin, which is refunded after use. They
can take all your bags and ski’s and boards. They are pushed
onto the specially adapted train and off again at the other end.
They can be pushed right to the apartment in Zermatt, or an electric
taxi can be picked up at the station. The taxi, however, is hardly
worth it, except maybe to find the front door quickly after a long
If you are using your own car to travel, there is
also a one-time charge for any motorway use in Switzerland of CHF40,
payable at the border, and lasting for one year.
You can find a good route planer for whole Europe
to the apartment
From the station forecourt, turn right up the main
street and almost immediately turn first right. Then as the road
turns, almost immediately left. Straight ahead is a telephone/TV
showroom. Keep that to your right and the front door entrance will
be found on the right after about 15 meters, before the China Garden
restaurant sign. It’s less than five minutes and probably
less than 150 meters from the station to the apartment.
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