Zurich to Davos Train: All You Need To Know

With 1,560 meters above sea level, Davos is one of Switzerland’s highest towns. It is a huge mountain resort and ski area. In and around Davos, there are six ski areas – Parsenn/Gotschna, Jakobshorn, Pischa, Madrisa, Rinerhorn, and Schatzalp/Strela. Besides 300 km of slopes, Davos has 100 km of cross-country trails, 58 ski lifts, two ice skating rinks, and curling fields. Every year, Davos hosts the world’s top leaders during the World Economic Forum. But it’s more than that. 

For those who want something quieter, Davos has a lot of side valleys to explore, like the Sertig Valley. In summer, you can swim and sail on Davos Lake.

Some of those visitors who will want to go to Davos will come from Zurich. In this article, we will discuss the train commute from Zurich to get to Davos. How long is the travel time from Zurich to reach this popular mountain resort? How much are the tickets? Read on for more information. 

On this page, you can find all the information you need regarding the train journey from Zurich to get to Davos.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

To begin, you can go to SBB’s website:  www.sbb.ch.

You can put your departure and arrival destinations on the website. 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 is available at  www.sbb.ch. Your discount card allows you to travel and board most trains throughout Switzerland for half the price.


How to Get From Zurich to Davos

Image of Davos by Nici Keil from Pixabay

Davos is way bigger than other mountain resorts. Find out where you need to get off the train before you head to Davos. For those in the main town and not near the side valleys, you will likely have to ride the train until Davos Dorf or Davos Platz.  You need to check your itinerary or accommodation for which stop you’re taking.

How To Get From Zurich to Davos

The fastest and easiest way to get from Zurich to Davos is to go via Landquart. You will have to take the following trains:

  1. First, take the Intercity train from Zurich to Landquart.
  2. In Landquart, take the regional train to Davos Platz or Davos Dorf.

If you miss the train in Landquart that goes to Davos, you can also first take the train going to Klosters Platz and from there take the connecting regional train to Davos Dorf or Davos Platz.

How To Get From Zurich Airport to Davos

There are no direct trains from Zurich Airport to Davos. If you want to find out which train platform you need to go to and what time, you can check the screens and boards inside Zurich Airport. 

From Zurich Airport, you can take any train which will lead you to Zurich Train Station. From Zurich Train Station, you can head to Davos via Landquart.

Here are the trains that you need to take from Zurich Airport to Davos:

  1. First, take an Intercity or Interregio train from Zurich Airport to Zurich (Zurich HB).
  2. In Zurich, take the Intercity train to Landquart.
  3. In Landquart, take the regional train to Davos Platz or Davos Dorf.

If you miss the train in Landquart that goes to Davos, you can also first take the train going to Klosters Platz and from there take the connecting regional train to Davos Dorf or Davos Platz.


Is There a Direct Train From Zurich to Davos?

As of the time of writing (April 2022), there are no direct trains from Zurich to Davos. You will have to change to a connecting train in Landquart and/or Klosters Platz.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Zurich to Davos?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Zurich to Davos (as of May 2022):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Zurich – Davos Platz2 hours 22 minutes
Zurich Airport – Davos Platz2 hours 39 minutes
Zurich – Davos Dorf2 hours 15 minutes
Zurich Airport – Davos Dorf2 hours 34 minutes
Davos Platz – Zurich2 hours 23 minutes
Davos Platz – Zurich Airport2 hours 40 minutes
Davos Dorf – Zurich2 hours 19 minutes
Davos Dorf – Zurich Airport2 hours 36 minutes

Is the Train Route from Zurich to Davos Scenic?

Although not as scenic as the Bernina Express route, the views once you reach Graubünden are incredibly beautiful. If you are interested in pursuing a scenic train route, then you can check out some options listed below.

Image of Landwasser Viaduct by TouringSwitzerland.com

Your other options in detail are the following:

  • Golden Pass – The Golden Pass departs from Lucerne. You would take a train from Zurich to Lucerne, then change to Interlaken. This is sometimes referred to as the east end of this route. 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 to Chur first.

How Much Will the Train Ticket from Zurich to Davos?

The following table shows the train ticket prices from Zurich to Davos (as of May 2022):

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare Travel Card (CHF)
Zurich – Davos Platz / Davos Dorf56.0028.00
Zurich Airport – Davos Platz / Davos Dorf61.0030.50

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can definitely save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is definitely 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.