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Train from Zermatt to London

 
Zermatt is home to the Matterhorn
Photo @ Zermatt Tourism

Overview

Route: Zermatt to London via Lausanne and Paris
Journey time: 12 hours
 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: Via Lausanne and Paris

Sample itinerary: The scenic narrow gauge train takes you from Zermatt to Visp where you catch the InterCity to Lausanne. From Lausanne take the TVG to Paris and then Eurostar to London. If you leave Zermatt on the 09:39 train to Visp, you can catch the 11:07 InterCity to Lausanne, then the 13:22 to Paris with plenty of time to get to Gare du Nord for the 18:43 Eurostar back to London.
Price: From £185 return
Leg 1:

Zermatt to Visp.
The Narrow Gauge train leaves at 39 past the hour every day until 20:39, arriving at Visp at 52 minutes past the following hour.

Frequency of service: Every hour
Operator:

The Swiss Travel System

Journey time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Leg 2:

Visp to Lausanne.
The InterCity train leaves Visp at 07 past the hour every day, arriving at 40 minutes past the following hour.

Frequency of service: Every hour
Operator:

InterCity

Journey time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Leg 3: Lausanne to Paris Gare de Lyon

First train departs Lausanne at 0722, with further services at 0922, 1322 and 1803. There is an additional 1922 service on Fridays and Sundays.
Frequency of service: 4 or 5 trains a day
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 3 hours 41 minutes
Transfer

Return transfer from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord
Follow signs to 'RER D'. You want direction 'Orry la Ville', which usually means RER 'D' platforms 2 & 4. RER 'D' platforms 1 & 3 are for trains in the other direction.

Take RER line D and it's only 2 stops to Gare du Nord. The train ride only takes 7 minutes but leave more time for buying tickets etc. All RER D trains call at the Gare du Nord.

There are lifts at both end so it is easy enough with pushchairs or large amounts of lugguage.

Transfer time: 25 minutes
 
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Leg 4:

Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras International in the heart of London. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0643 (Mon), 0713 (Tue-Sat), 0813 (Sun).

Last train departs 2113 (every day).

Frequency of service: 18 trains a day (Mon-Fri), 19 trains a day (Sat) and 20 trains a day (Sun).
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 12 mins
Destination

Welcome to London! St Pancras International now has lots of lovely shops, restaurants and gastro pubs... and free wifi throughout the station. If you're planning to stay in the capital, there are over 60 hotels within a one mile radius of St Pancras - see Hotels near St Pancras Train Station.

From St Pancras, there are mainline rail connections to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, as well as First Capital Connect trains on the cross-London Thameslink route which continues north as far as Bedford or south to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Across the street is Kings Cross station, which has rail connections to the north of England and Scotland, and it's a 15-minute walk (in the opposite direction, heading west) to Euston Station for connections to the West Midlands, the West Coast (including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester) and Glasgow (including the Scotrail sleeper service).

Getting around London: London St Pancras International is in the heart of London and is extremely well-connected by underground and bus services to the West End, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. There are now 5 buses powered by hydrogen fuel on the route RV1 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway Station. Transport for London provides information on how to travel around the capital by all forms of public transport (including the boat services along the Thames), free local cycle guides and information on six walking routes, including the Capital Ring and the Thames Path.

Outside the station you can hire a bike from one the city’s many bike hire docking stations. They work on a self-service basis and are available 24 hours a day all year-round. Casual users just walk up and use a credit or debit card – just follow the simple on-screen instructions to collect a 5-digit release code that will unlock the bike. It costs from £1 an hour to £50 for 24 hours. The bike is free if returned within half an hour.

>> For tips on where to eat, sleep, shop & visit: 
Greentraveller's Guide to London

 
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Your route back from Zermatt

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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