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Zermatt to Munich to Zurich

In February I will plan to travel from Zermatt to Munich - is the overnight train the best? Do I need to book in advance?

After a week in Munich I will travel by train to Zurich - do I need to book in advance? I will stay at an airport hotel for 3 nights before I fly back to the States.

With my train travels (Zurich to Geneva, Zermatt to Munich and then to Zurich), is it more cost effective to get a Euro rail pass or just to get tickets for each leg (destination to destination)?

Tks

Posted by
20477 posts

Since it is less than 7 hours by train from Zermatt to Munich during the day, no reason to take an awkward 13 hour journey by night train.

Why not fly home from Munich? Probably the same or lower price and saves a 3 1/2 hour train trip.

Posted by
2144 posts

There is no night train you can take on Zermatt - Munich. I don't know where you get it from that there is one...

For Zurich - Geneva book on www.sbb.ch, for the two other trips on www.bahn.de booking in advance saves money, and on the Zurich - Munich trains having a seat reservation is strongly advised.

Posted by
534 posts

Agreed, backtracking to Zurich makes no sense when you can fly out of Munich, but if you’re going to do it, definitely don’t stay in an airport hotel for 3 nights! At least go IN to the city to stay or go somewhere pretty like Luzern and then take the less than 1 hour train directly to the airport for your flight out. Staying at an airport hotel for 3 nights is a waste of valuable vacation time in my opinion.

Posted by
1006 posts

These are all things you'll need to figure out from using one of the online time tables. Use either sbb.ch or bahn.com. When you select your journey it will tell you the prices and whether or not you'll need to make a reservation.

I live in Switzerland and will travel to a town on the Spanish/French border in April. For tht time of the year it is cheaper for me to buy a four day interrail pass and only use two days of it than paying for standard tickets. There is no general rule, it depends on the time of the year you travel and the offers available.

Posted by
1243 posts

In the event you want to see some scenery along the way, instead of three days in a Zurich airport hotel, you could take the train from Munich to Innsbruck - stay a night (or two), and then continue over to Zurich by train which should put you on the scenic Arlberg Pass train route. See the seat61 website for particulars about the Innsbruck to Zurich route.

Posted by
10 posts

Thanks for all the suggestions. Are sbb.ch or bahn.com the Swiss rail system and the German rail system? I want to go back to Zurich to spend a bit of time there - was going to go for a week, but did not want to shorten my time in Munich.

Posted by
2144 posts

www.sbb.ch is the Swiss Railways' website., and bahn.de the German. For tickets beween places in Switzerland and Germany the German site is the best site to book.

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I am looking at booking my tickets now, and see that some of the interchanges are 11 minutes or 8 minutes. Is this doable? Seems like there is no direct train from Zermatt to Munich.