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How to Travel From Interlaken to Zermatt

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla

Interlaken and Zermatt are two of the most popular tourist spots in Switzerland. You might consider staying in both of these places if you spend a week in Switzerland. Traveling by train in Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would recommend traveling by train between Interlaken and Zermatt. This article discusses what you need to know to travel from Interlaken to Zermatt.

With its high winter peaks, great scenery, sailing on Lake Thun, walking, and biking, Interlaken is a real treasure. On the other hand, Zermatt is one of the ultimate destinations in Switzerland. One of its symbols is the Matterhorn, which you’ll see on Toblerone chocolates, too. They’re both awesome places to stay and visit. Lots of people are probably going to try and see the two while they’re here.

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

Here’s how to get from Interlaken to Zermatt and vice versa.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

Travel from Interlaken to Zermatt. Pictured here is Interlaken Train Station.
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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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How to Travel From Interlaken to Zermatt

Travel from Interlaken to Zermatt. Pictured here is Interlaken Train Station.
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To travel by train from Interlaken to Zermatt, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. Take the train from Interlaken Ost to Spiez.
  2. In Spiez, take the train to Visp.
  3. In Visp, take the train to Zermatt.

The travel time from Interlaken to Zermatt is 2 hours and 14 minutes to 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Top Recommended Activities for Your Zermatt Visit:


How to Travel From Zermatt to Interlaken

Travel from Interlaken to Zermatt. Pictured here is Matterhorn and Zermatt village
Image of Zermatt and Matterhorn by TouringSwitzerland.com

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

  1. Take the train from Zermatt to Visp.
  2. In Visp, take the train to Spiez.
  3. In Spiez, take the train to Interlaken Ost.

The travel time from Zermatt to Interlaken is 2 hours and 13 minutes to 2 hours and 21 minutes.


Is There a Direct Train From Interlaken to Zermatt?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are no direct trains from Interlaken to Zermatt.

To get to either Interlaken or Zermatt, you will have to take 2 regional trains and an Intercity train between Visp and Spiez.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Interlaken to Zermatt?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Interlaken to Zermatt (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Interlaken West – Zermatt2 hours 9 minutes
Interlaken Ost – Zermatt2 hours 14 minutes
Zermatt – Interlaken West2 hours 8 minutes
Zermatt – Interlaken Ost2 hours 13 minutes
Train Ride Duration from Interlaken to Zermatt

Is the Train Route From Interlaken to Zermatt Scenic?

Not entirely. The train route from Zermatt to Interlaken via Spiez and Visp is not entirely scenic. In fact, between Spiez and Visp, the train goes through the Lötschberg Tunnel.

However, the route from Zermatt to Visp is quite scenic and is part of the Glacier Express route.

If you want to take a more scenic route between Spiez and Visp, you’ll have to go via Kandersteg. Even though this will take longer, you won’t be going through a tunnel. You’ll have beautiful views of the Swiss Alps while you’re on the train.


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

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

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zermatt – Interlaken Ost86.0043.00
Zermatt – Interlaken West85.0042.50

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

Image of Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt by TouringSwitzerland.com

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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Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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