For 24 hours a day trains shunt in and out of the Zermatt Bahnhof railway station delivering passengers from all over the world to one of the jewels in the Swiss crown.
The majority of the passengers that alight here arrive on the shuttle service from Tasch, with others have changed trains in the valley town of Visp after journeys from further afield.
Most visitors to Zermatt are day-trippers
It may surprise you to know that the vast majority of the passengers that travel to the Zermatt railway station are day trippers and sightseers. Skiers heading to Zermatt account for a low percentage of the town’s 3 million annual visitors.
As the train exits, the final tunnel on its meandering journey up the valley, the Zermatt terminal comes into view where all the passengers depart.
Once you have departed the station you will find yourself on the main square. From here you can catch an electric taxi, a traditional horse and trap or visit the Tourist Information Centre.
Also opposite is the terminal for the Gornergrat cog railway that runs further up the mountain to 3089 m. Allowing skiers to access the slopes in the winter and for hikers in the summer.
The station dates back to the opening of the 44 km track in 1890. By 1980 the number of passengers was 20,000 which subsequently grew tenfold over the next few decades.
In 1982 a full redevelopment of the station took place. The original station was demolished and new avalanche-safe construction was erected.
Within the terminal building, you will find a ticket office, toilet facilities and lockers. There is also a gift shop close by for any last minute presents.
The station is also equipped with a luggage drop of that is open from 7 am to 7.30pm – perfect if you have late or early arrival times and want to get an extra day of skiing in.
Distance to key points
The station is located in the north west of the town and is an 8 minute walk to the Sunnegga funicular or a 1 km walk to the Schwarzsee cable car. A very efficient and regular bus service also operates.
The ice rink is located east of the station across the square, where you can also find Migros, one of Zermatt’s several supermarkets. The English Church is a short 6-minute walk up the west side of the valley.