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Zermatt to Florence via Train

We will be traveling from Zermatt to Florence in one day. What is the best and easiest way to get there? How long is the estimated trip?

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The best and fastest way involves 3 trains. Zermatt to Brig on the Matterhornbahn, Brig to Milan on a Euro Cities train, Milan to Florence on a Freccia high speed train. 6 hours and 16 minutes. Departures at 7:39, 12:39, and 13:39. There is actually a faster one at 6:13, but with only 8 minutes to make the change in Brig where the walking time between stations is estimated by SBB as 7 minutes. There are two stations at Brig very close to each other, one for the narrow gauge Matterhornbahn and one for standard gauge mainline trains. The other trains have comfortable change times.
Check the schedules at www.bahn.com