Neuchâtel is a picture-perfect city with a medieval center. It lies at the northern end of Lake Neuchâtel, the largest lake located entirely in Switzerland. As home to creative watchmakers, it is also an established Swiss watchmaking center.
There are many historical landmarks in the city, including Neuchâtel Castle, the entire old city, and the urban village of Corcelles. Located here is the Laténium, a museum dedicated to prehistoric times in Neuchâtel and Hauterive, focusing primarily on La Tène culture.
For visitors to Switzerland, Neuchâtel might not be the first place you would think of visiting in Switzerland. Nevertheless, watch fans might find it interesting.
Logistical concerns come up inevitably. Particularly for those who want to travel by rail in Switzerland, there are several specifics concerning train travel. What is the best way to get from point A to point B? Does it offer scenic views? So on and so forth.
This article will answer all your questions about the train journey from Zurich to Neuchâtel.
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How To Get From Zurich to Neuchâtel
How To Get From Zurich Airport to Neuchâtel
If you are coming from the Zurich Airport, take one of the next trains to the Zurich main station (Zurich HB). Several trains come every hour and stop in Zurich so just hop on the next train after buying a ticket from the ticketing office or one of the ticket machines.
A direct train (Intercity 5 train) runs between Zurich Airport and Neuchâtel every hour as well.
How To Get From Zurich Train Station to Neuchâtel
As soon as you reach the Zurich Train Station (Zurich HB), check the big blue display boards in the middle. You can find the train number and platform number on the station signs. Furthermore, the trains will be marked on the front and the sides with which route they are traveling.
If you want to get from Zurich to Neuchâtel, take the Intercity 5 train to Geneva Airport or take the Intercity 5 train to Lausanne. These trains will both stop at Neuchâtel. Neuchâtel is served by two direct trains each hour.
How Long Is the Train Ride From Zurich to Neuchâtel?
The following table shows the train ride duration from Zurich to Neuchâtel and the other way around (updated December 2023):
|Zurich – Neuchâtel
|1 hour 28 minutes
|Zurich Airport – Neuchâtel (Direct)
|1 hour 44 minutes
|Neuchâtel – Zurich
|1 hour 26 minutes
|Neuchâtel – Zurich Airport (Direct)
|1 hour 42 minutes
Is the Train From Zurich to Neuchâtel Scenic?
Unfortunately, the Interregio train from Zurich to Neuchâtel is not the most scenic train route. These are fast commuter trains intended to get you from one city to another as quickly as possible.
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.
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. 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 is 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 Zurich to Neuchâtel Cost?
Here are the train ticket prices from Zurich to Neuchâtel (updated December 2023):
|Full Fare (CHF)
|Half Fare (CHF)
|Zurich – Neuchâtel
|Zurich Airport – Neuchâtel
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.
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Darla Uhl 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.