London to Zermatt By Train

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Leave London in the morning and be in Zermatt by bedtime.

London - Paris - Zermatt - Paris - London

From 7 days From £298
Travel from London to Zermatt by train and see some of the most spectacular scenery Europe has to offer on the way. Zermatt is a famous resort where no cars are allowed and you can ski amongst glorious mountainscapes.



TAKE THE TRAIN FROM LONDON TO ZERMATT


FROM £298 RETURN


JOURNEY TIME 16hrs ( if same day )

If you want to travel to Switzerland without flying this a great way to go on holiday to Switzerland. It's better for the environment and good for your soul as the journey provides some memorable scenery.

It is possible to travel by train from London to Zermatt in one day. However, it's a long journey to make in one day so, although it can be done, you might want to stay overnight in Basel or Lausanne on the way down and stay one night in Paris on the way home for a truly relaxing holiday. You could also travel to Switzerland via Basel and return via Lausanne if you wish to see these great Swiss cities.


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HOW TO BOOK

If you'd like to speak to a real human being who will take care of all your train tickets, accommodation and any passes we suggest that you call Ffestiniog Travel ( see blue box on right). They have over 40 years experience and all their profits go to supporting the Ffestioniog Railway in Porthmadog.

Train tickets are cheaper if the further in advance that you book them. Eurostar allows bookings up to 120 days ahead. Voyages SNCF sells tickets up to 90 days ahead.

Our contact at the Switzerland Travel Centre recommends that you book your hotel first if you want to get the best deals secured several months in advance.


HOW TO BOOK

OPEN THESE TABS

EUROSTAR (London - Paris)

VOYAGES SNCF ( Paris - Switzerland )

SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE ( Swiss Passes, including Swiss Transfer tickets)

BAHN.DE ( This is the best site for timetables & options, although you can't book online unless you're travelling via a German city)

BOOKING.COM ( They tend to have the most comprehensive list of hotels, a no fee cancellation policy and the best prices)


1. Go to the VOYAGES SNCF site.

Book your return ticket ( 2 single journeys) to Basel, Lausanne or Geneva. Below we've made our recommendation for the best service to take. However, feel free to choose any other that suits your timetable using the Bahn.de site to do your research.

OUTWARD

LON 10.25 - 13.47 PARIS GDN   PARIS GDL 15.57 - 19.37 LAUS  LAUS 20.46 - 23.44 ZER (change at Visp)

LON 10.25 - 13.47 PGDN    PGDL 16.23 - 19.26 BAS   BAS 20.31 - 23.44 ZER (change at Visp)

LON 10.25 - 13.47 PGDN   PGDL 15.11 - 18.16 GEN  GEN 18.33 - 22.13 ZER (change at Visp)

RETURN

ZER 09.39 - 13.29 BASEL   BASEL 14.34 -17.37 PGDL  PGDN 20.13 - 21.39 LON

ZER 08.39 - 11.39 LAUS    LAUS   12.24 -16.03 PGDL  PGDN 18.13 - 19.39 LON

ZER 07.39 - 11.27 GEN     GEN    11.42 -14.49 PGDL  PGDN 16.43 - 18.00 LON


2. Go to the EUROSTAR website.

Book your connecting Eurostar services (see above)

UNTIL 1ST MARCH 2014 YOU CAN TAKE THE EUROSTAR DIRECTLY FROM LONDON TO ZERMATT, VIA LILLE.

AVAILABLE SAT 15th Feb, SAT 22nd Feb, Sat 1st March. Return service 7 days later. Service leaves at 06.57, change at Lille for TGV. However, at this late stage in the season availability is very restricted.


3. Go to the SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE site.

Choose your option for which Swiss Pass to buy if relevant.

Many people ask "Should I buy a Swiss Pass?". There is no easy answer to this because of the variables, you just have to do the maths. It all depends on what you intend to do once in Switzerland.

A Swiss Pass is best if you intend to do a lot of travelling around Switzerland, go to the museums and are travelling with children ( they travel free up to 15 if accompanied by an adult with a Swiss Pass).

There are other options such as the Swiss Transfer ticket ( perfect if you intend to just stay in Zermatt to ski) and a Half-Price Pass.

You can visit the Swiss Railway (SBB) site to check prices between Swiss destinations. You can also buy online with them.

WE CHECKED PRICES FOR YOU (FROM)

Lausanne - Zermatt CHF154 (approx £104) return

Basel - Zermatt CHF230 (approx £155) return

Geneva - Zermatt CHF186 (approx £125) return

Chidren up to 16 pay half the adult fare.


IS A SWISS PASS WORTH BUYING?

EXAMPLE: FAMILY OF 4 WITH 2 KIDS UNDER 16

Without a pass - Swiss leg of journey from Basel to Zermatt

TOTAL CHF690 (approx £464) return

With Swiss 1/2 price passCHF120 - Family of 4 with 2 kids under 16

Pass + tickets ( kids go for free )

TOTAL CHF 350 ( approx £235) PASS IS CHEAPER OPTION

Swiss Transfer ticket ( one onward return journey to destination from point of entry into Switzerland CHF 139 (approx £94)

Pass x2 CHF 278 ( approx £187 ) - kids are free. PASS IS CHEAPER OPTION


4. Go to BOOKING.COM

Open Bookings.Com and choose your hotel in Zermatt. They have over 300 properties available, including self-catering. Our insider recommends Chalet Les Ecureils

Itinerary

Day 1

London - Paris

Day 1

Paris - Zermatt

Gare de Lyon - by Rail

Days 1 - 7

Zermatt

Day 7

Zermatt - Paris

- Gare de Lyon by Rail

Day 7

Paris - London

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