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Zurich to St. Moritz Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla Uhl

St. Moritz in Graubünden is a popular tourist destination. As the cradle of winter sports, St. Moritz has made its name worldwide by hosting the Winter Olympics, not just once but twice. Although it has a population of around 5,000 people, St. Moritz draws in lots of visitors from all parts of the world.

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This lake and mountain resort town has an array of outdoor activities for locals and visitors alike. Surrounded by lots of mountains, lakes, and gorgeous natural landscapes, visiting St. Moritz is a treat.

The majority of those visitors who will want to go to St. Moritz will come from Zurich. In this article, we will discuss the train commute from Zurich to get to St. Moritz. 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 St. Moritz.

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.
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For Bernina Express, the Rhaetian Railway website is also relevant. In particular, you can visit it here: https://www.rhb.ch/en/panoramic-trains/bernina-express.


How to Get From Zurich to St. Moritz

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To get from Zurich to St. Moritz via Chur, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. Take the Intercity train from Zurich to Chur.
  2. Take the Interregio train from Chur to St. Moritz.

To get from Zurich to St. Moritz via Landquart, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. Take the Intercity train from Zurich to Landquart.
  2. Take the Regional Express train from Landquart to St. Moritz.

Is There a Direct Train From Zurich to St. Moritz?

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As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are no direct trains from Zurich to St. Moritz. You will have to change to a connecting train in Chur or Landquart.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Zurich to St. Moritz?

The train ride from Zurich to St. Moritz takes around 3 hours and 1 minute (via Landquart) to 3 hours and 22 minutes (via Chur), depending on which route you catch.


Is the Train Route from Zurich to St. Moritz Scenic?

Yes, starting Chur, the train ride becomes incredibly scenic. It follows the Bernina Express route, which is one of the most scenic routes in the entire country. This train route runs along the World Heritage Site of the Albula / Bernina landscapes of the Rhaetian Railway.

Image of Landwasser Viaduct by TouringSwitzerland.com

If you would like to read more about the route, check out our article: Bernina Express Route: Chur to Tirano Train.

Among the highlights of the Bernina Express Route are the following:

  • Historical City of Chur – Switzerland’s oldest city and the gateway to Graubünden – one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland. Chur is the starting point of the Bernina Express.
  • Landwasser Viaduct – The world-famous Landwasser Viaduct is the most spectacular construction in the 63-kilometer Albula Railway Line between Thusis and St. Moritz. The 142-meter long and 65-meter high Landwasser Viaduct leads the railway line in a radius of 100 meters across the Landwasser Valley directly into a tunnel in the steeply sloping rock face
  • Bergün/Bravuogn – one of the most beautiful villages in Graubünden located in the Albula Valley
  • Bernina Range – one of the highest ranges of the Alps, covered with many glaciers.
  • Ospizio Bernina – the highest station and highest point on the Rhaetian Railway network at 2,253 meters above sea level
  • Alp Grüm together with the views of the Palü Glacier, Lagh da Palü, and the Poschiavo Valley
  • Brusio Viaduct – a single-track nine-arched stone spiral railway viaduct between Brusio and Campascio

How Much Will the Train Ticket from Zurich to St. Moritz Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Zurich to St. Moritz:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich – St. Moritz80.0040.00
Zurich Airport – St. Moritz84.0042.00

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.

Please take note that the normal regional trains to St. Moritz are not the same as the Bernina Express trains.


Does the Bernina Express Stop in St. Moritz?

The Bernina Express does not always stop in St. Moritz. It does stop, however, in Pontresina. From there, you can take another train to St. Moritz.

If you would like to learn more about the various stops of the Bernina Express, check out our article Bernina Express Route: Chur to Tirano Train.

An alternative train that is available from St. Moritz is the Glacier Express train. This scenic train goes from/to Zermatt and to/from St. Moritz.


Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

You don’t have to reserve a seat from Zurich to St. Moritz. But if you’re taking the Bernina Express or Glacier Express train from Chur, make sure you have a seat reserved.

If you go on the Bernina Express or Glacier Express train, you will need to reserve a seat either online at https://tickets.rhb.ch/en/ or by phone at +41 81 288 65 65. You can also complete a reservation at any train station in Switzerland.

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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.

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