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Zurich to Verbier Train: All You Need To Know

(Last Updated On: December 12, 2023)

Verbier is a premier backcountry ski resort, not only in Switzerland but also worldwide. Verbier is known for steep slopes, varied conditions, and resort culture. The place also has welcomed prominent visitors. The British, Swedish, and Belgian Royal families have already holidayed in this place. It is located in Switzerland’s largest ski resort – the 4 Vallées.

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Zurich is one of Switzerland’s most populous and most visited cities, and the country’s largest international transport hub, so many people arriving there will consider visiting Verbier by rail. Traveling by train in Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would definitely recommend traveling by train between Zurich and Verbier.

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Associated with the 4 Vallées ski area, Verbier is Switzerland’s largest ski area. In terms of size, it even exceeds Zermatt. 410 km of runs ensure that everyone – from the expert to the beginner – can find a slope to suit his or her skill level.

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

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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How To Get From Zurich To Verbier by Train

Zurich Train Station
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How to Travel from Zurich to Verbier by Train

There is no direct train from Zurich to Verbier. To travel by train from Zurich to Verbier, you will have to take the following trains/gondola:

  1. Take the Intercity train from Zurich to Lausanne.
  2. In Lausanne, take the Interregio train to Martigny.
  3. In Martigny, take the train to Le Châble VS.
  4. In Le Châble, take the gondola to Verbier (télécabine).

How to Travel from Zurich Airport to Verbier by Train

Some trains go from Zurich Airport to Lausanne. To travel by train from Zurich Airport to Verbier, you will have to take the following trains/gondola:

  1. Take the Intercity train from Zurich Airport to Lausanne.
  2. In Lausanne, take the Interregio train to Martigny.
  3. In Martigny, take the train to Le Châble VS.
  4. In Le Châble, take the gondola to Verbier (télécabine).

How to Travel From Verbier to Zurich by Train

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How to Travel from Verbier to Zurich by Train

To travel by train from Verbier to Zurich, you will have to take the following trains/gondola:

  1. Take the gondola from Verbier (télécabine) to Le Châble VS.
  2. In Le Châble VS, take the train to Martigny.
  3. In Martigny, take the Interregio train to Lausanne.
  4. In Lausanne, take the Intercity train to Zurich HB.

How to Travel from Verbier to Zurich Airport by Train

If you want to travel by train from Verbier to Zurich Airport, it is faster to go via Visp instead of Lausanne. You will have to take the following trains/gondola:

  1. Take the gondola from Verbier (télécabine) to Le Châble VS.
  2. In Le Châble VS, take the train to Martigny.
  3. In Martigny, take the Interregio train to Visp.
  4. In Visp, take the Intercity train to Zurich HB.

Is there a direct train from Zurich to Verbier?

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

You will need to change to several connecting trains before reaching Verbier.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Zurich to Verbier?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Zurich to Verbier or the other way around (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Zurich – Lausanne – Martigny – Le Châble VS – Verbier (télécabine)3 hours 58 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Le Châble VS – Martigny – Visp – Zurich3 hours 52 minutes
Zurich Airport – Lausanne – Martigny – Le Châble VS – Verbier (télécabine)4 hours 22 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Le Châble VS – Martigny – Visp – Zurich Airport4 hours 6 minutes

Is the Train Route From Zurich to Verbier Scenic?

Although the trains connecting both places are not panoramic trains unlike Bernina Express, the route from Lausanne to Verbier is scenic. You will be treated to fantastic views of Lake Geneva until it reaches Montreux. Even the vineyards around Aigle are quite pretty.


How Much Will the Train Ticket From Zurich to Verbier Cost?

Here are the train ticket prices from Zurich to Verbier (updated December 2023):

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Zurich – Verbier (télécabine)110.2055.10
Zurich Airport – Verbier (télécabine)114.2057.10

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.

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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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