Zermatt Transportation

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    Electric Vehicles

    by sue_stone Written Aug 16, 2008

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    Zermatt is a car-free town, though don't despair about having to drag your suitcases for miles to your hotel, as there are these cute electric vehicles that whiz around town.

    Most hotels and many restaurants seemed to have their own branded ones zipping about the place, and there are taxis as well. We were collected from the station by our hotel's electric car, and as we alighted the train there seemed to be a sea of these odd little vans waiting for people just like us.

    It is worth noting that these electric cars practically make no sound, so be careful if you are walking on the road as they tend to sneak up on you! And they drive fast.

    If you are driving to Zermatt, you will actually have to park your car in a giant car park in Tasch, and then catch the train into Zermatt, which takes around 10 minutes.

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    Train Travel to/from Zermatt and in Switzerland

    by sue_stone Written Aug 16, 2008

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    We travelled to Zermatt via the scenic Glacier Express train (more info in "Things to Do" tip), though when we departed we just went by regular train.

    Train travel in Switzerland is easy. Trains are clean and run on time. Stations are well signposted and fellow travellers are considerate. The trains we travelled on all had luggage areas and toilets. It is a stress-free way to get around the country.

    Being on the train is also a great way to do some sight seeing on route. Some of the rail lines travel through the most gorgeous mountain scenery. One day we travelled on the Glacier Express, on a 6 hour journey from Chur to Zermatt. The train travels through valleys, up mountains, past lakes and glaciers.

    The only confusing thing connected to train travel in Switzerland is deciding what type of ticket or rail pass to buy. Sure you can buy tickets from place to place as you go, but there are various passes that may work our more economical depending on your itinerary and rail usage.

    I spent some time before our trip calculating out the cost of buying various tickets versus rail passes, and in our case determined that a Swiss Pass offered the best value. The Swiss Pass is valid on almost all trains (supplement was required to use the Glacier Express), on buses, ferries, and we got 50% off the cost of cable cars and mountain transport in Zermatt.

    You can investigate Rail Passes here

    Train timetables and routing here

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    Travel quicker to/from Zermatt

    by Tripack Written Aug 10, 2008

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    The Matterhorn get closer to Switzerland!

    The new Lötschberg base tunnel is one of the major Swiss project of the century.

    The Lötschberg base tunnel is 34.6 kilometres long and extends from Frutigen in the Kander valley (canton Bern) to Raron in the Rhone valley (canton Valais).

    After it opens in 2007, the new high-speed rail tunnel, together with the Simplon tunnel, will be the first fast north-south transalpine link. Speeding through the Lötschberg base tunnel will be possible up to 280 kph!

    From December 2007, good news the journey time to the Valais will be reduce.
    For instance:
    *Interlaken - Zermatt 2h09 instead of 3h11, so less 72 minutes!
    *Bern - Zermatt 2h06 instead of 3h13, so less 72 minutes!
    *Basel – Zermatt 3h13 instead of 4h24, so less 71 minutes!
    *Zürich - Zermatt 3h14 instead of 4h24, so less 70 minutes!

    The Valais region now has much faster connections to the rest of Switzerland, so more time to enjoy your stay.

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    Environment-friendly vehicles

    by Dyesebel Written Feb 11, 2008

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    To help maintain Zermatt's original character,roads are kept exclusively for electric vehicles, such as electric bus,electric taxi or even horse drawn carriages.Very environment friendly,huh;) If you like to walk,you can just walk around Zermatt,it's envionmnet friendlier I guess;) I have tried the bus, it cost me 2.50 sfr. for one way trip from Zermatt train station to Schwarzsee cable car station.

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    Zermatt-Gornergrat

    by Dyesebel Written Feb 11, 2008

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    Take the Gornergratbahn,located just right next to the train station in Zermatt.Sometimes they have the so-called "happy hour" where you pay less to go to Gornergrat,I think its starts from 12noon 'til the last descent.Gornergrat railway was the first electric cogwheel train in Switzerland.

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    E-Taxi(Elektrotaxis)

    by barbskie Written Jan 22, 2008

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    We took an Elektrotaxi on our way back from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise station to the train station. It was the last pull and there were many passengers waiting at the valley, so a taxi with a capacity of six persons is quite a comfy ride. The fare is 3.00 CHF per person.

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    Elektrobus

    by barbskie Updated Jan 22, 2008

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    The bus is commuting from Spiss to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise station. We alighted at the Gornergratbahn station. The fare is included to those who have special tickets like Ski Pass and Peak Pass. Tickets for individual travellers is 2.50 CHF per person (one way).

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    Subway to Sunnegga

    by travelfrosch Written Dec 16, 2007

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    One thing is for certain, there is no subway in a mountain resort like Zermatt, right? Wrong. The Sunnegga-Bahn, a part of the "Rothorn Paradise" transportation system to get from Zermatt to the Rothorn, will whisk you from Zermatt to Sunnegga in about 3 minutes. You actually have to walk into the mountain about 150 meters (200 yards), then board the sloped train by a series of steps. When you get to Sunnegga, you have to exit and climb stairs to make your way out to Sunnegga. You'll have to climb the same number of stairs, so choose whether you want to climb them as you enter or as you exit. There is elevator access for those with limited mobility.

    Travel between Zermatt and Sunnegga costs CHF 14.50 one way, CHF 22.50 round trip. Cost with Swisspass or half-fare card is CHF 7.50/11.50. The subway is closed for maintenance from late April through late May.

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    Park and ride

    by Dabs Written Sep 10, 2007

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    Zermatt is off limits to car traffic so you park at the nearby town of Tasch and then either take the train or one of the passenger vans that are allowed to drive into Zermatt.

    We spotted a sign to park for 4CHF and the lot was right across the street from the train station. When we went to pay the fee, they said for slightly less than the train ticket they would take us by van to Zermatt and throw in the parking for free. That actually worked really well, we only waited for about 5 minutes on the way over and maybe 10 minutes on the way back.

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    Riffelalp tram

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Riffelalp tram at 2222 m
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    The Riffelalp tram is the highest tramway in Europe.

    It links the train station Riffelalp with the 5-starred Hotel Riffelalp (2222 m) and was built to transport guests of the hotel.

    The 675 m long route is only served by the tram from June until October. The original tram was opened in 1899 but had to be closed 60 years later due to a fire which destoyed the hotel.

    The hotel was rebuilt in 2000 and the replicated tram was inaugurated in June 2001.

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    The Gornergrat Railway

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Gornergrat Railway near Riffelboden
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    The Gornergrat Railway leads from Zermatt (1620 m) to the 3089 m high located Gornergrat. From there panoramic views of the various 4000 m high mountains including the Matterhorn can be enjoyed.

    The train needs about 45 minutes for the 9,4 km long trip and also stops in Riffelalp and Riffelberg. Both places are located in the middle of Zermatt's hiking region.

    Although we didn't use the Gornergrat Railway, we crossed the route several times on our hikes and always enjoyed watching it creeping up the mountain.

    In summer 2007 the single fare was 38,00 CHF and the return fare was 76,00 CHF (about 48 Euro). Various discounts are available.

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    From Zermatt to Sunnegga paradise by funicular

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Zermatt - Sunnegga funicular

    Several funiculars and gondolas serve the mountain region of Zermatt.

    For one of our hikes we used the undergorund funicular which took us from Zermatt to Sunnegga paradise. Sunnegga paradise is good starting point for many hikes.

    The trip takes only a few minutes and covers a difference in altitude of about 650 m.

    In summer 2007 the single fare was 14,50 CHF and the return fare was 22,50 CHF (about 14,00 Euro). Various discounts are available.

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    To Zermatt by train

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Zermatt: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
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    As Zermatt is car-free most tourists arrive by train. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn company runs an hourly service on the route Brig - Visp - Zermatt.

    The narrow gauge cog railway needs about 90 minutes for the scenic trip through the Vispa Valley.

    The single fare is about 35 CHF (23 Euro, 2007).

    Please note that the Eurrail pass is not valid on this route, but allows a 25 % discount.

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    An other way to go to Zermatt

    by MATIM Written Jul 27, 2007

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    drive by car to Täsch, this is the last place you are allowed to reach by car before Zermatt.
    The people where we parked the car owned some mini busses who brought us to Zermatt. Parking and drive back and forwards with 4 persons cost 37 CHF.
    After three o’clock a minivan is there to take you back to Täsch, you never have to wait more then 10 minutes.

    Or you can park your car and drive that last part from Täsch to Zermatt by train, I think it takes 10 minutes.

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    By train to Zermatt

    by MATIM Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Because Zermatt is car free we took the train from Visp to Zermatt.
    For adults you pay 67 CHF for children till 16 year you pay 32 CHF.
    We had to take a child ticket for our little dog.
    The stations as well in Visp as in Zermatt are right in the centre

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