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Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct - Photo: Daniel Schwen






Switzerland's railway system is justifiably referred to as one of the best of its kind, not only in Europe, but throughout the world.

The Swiss rail network's reputation for getting lots of trains to and from lots of destinations, on time, using clean railway stations and carriages, whilst also linking into the rest of Switzerland's transport network and infrastructure, has become something that the Swiss quite rightly take enormous pride in.

Not only is the Swiss rail system great for their own people to get around this notoriously mountainous country, it's also fantastic for visitors and holidaymakers, with a range of superb rail passes that provide great value for money and flexibility. With almost every major tourist destination and resort having a railway station (and for the few that don't, such as Saas Fee, there are plenty of buses put on to get you there from the nearest railway station) travelling around Switzerland by rail is a great option for visitors.

Rail Transfer Times in Switzerland

For those of you who are interested in transfer times from the main points of arrival and travel in Switzerland (i.e. the airports, cities and the main population centres of Switzerland) to the country's various resorts and tourist hot-spots, then you can either type your query into the Swiss Rail system or you can have a look at our handy lookup table below.

The table shows the minimum time and number of changes between Switzerland's main travel hubs and each of our featured resorts.

Please note that there is a variation in train journey times at different parts of the day depending on what type of trains are running (e.g. regional trains, inter-city etc) and variations in connection times if there's more than one leg of the journey, but we've gone for what we consider the shortest time and the number of changes that tend to occur most frequently throughout the day. However, remember that in some cases there may be the occasional train that can get you to the resort slightly quicker than what we've shown in the table.

Key to the table below:

Tm: Time (hours:mins)
Ch: Number of changes required.

Davos Grindelwald Gstaad Interlaken Lauterbrunnen Les Diablerets Murren Saas Fee St Moritz Wengen
From Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch Tm Ch
Basel 3:16 1 2:40 1 2:52 2 1:57 0 2:26 1 3:41 2 3:21 3 3:03 1 4:25 1 2:52 2
Bern 3:17 2 1:35 1 1:53 1 0:53 0 1:21 1 2:38 2 2:16 3 1:57 1 4:26 2 1:47 2
Geneva 5:04 2 3:24 2 2:27 1 2:42 1 3:10 2 2:09 1 4:05 4 3:31 1 6:13 2 3:36 3
Geneva Airport 5:13 2 3:33 2 2:39 1 2:51 1 3:19 2 2:18 1 4:14 4 3:40 1 6:22 2 3:45 2
Lausanne 4:29 2 2:49 2 1:43 1 2:07 1 2:35 2 1:22 1 3:30 4 2:43 1 5:38 2 3:01 3
Luzern 3:14 2 2:44 1 3:32 2 2:00 0 2:30 1 3:42 2 3:25 3 3:04 2 4:23 2 2:56 2
Sion 5:24 3 2:15 3 2:15 1 1:32 2 2:01 3 1:36 3 2:56 5 1:36 1 6:34 3 2:27 4
Zurich 2:12 1 2:37 2 3:00 2 1:55 1 2:23 2 3:38 2 3:18 4 3:02 1 3:12 1 2:49 3
Zurich Airport 2:36 2 2:59 2 3:38 2 2:17 1 2:45 2 3:59 2 3:40 4 3:24 1 3:45 2 3:11 3

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