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Gornergrat Railway is the first-ever electric rack railway in Switzerland, operational since 1898. The train operates at 3000m above sea level. As you transverse the mighty Alps, you can soak in the scenic vistas around you. And as you reach the end of the Gornergrat Bahn, prepare yourself for a gorgeous view of the Matterhorn. Read on to know more about your Gornergrat Railway tickets, how to get them, and what to do there.
Children aged 6-16 can get discounted Gornergrat Bahn tickets provided they carry a valid ID.
The best way to buy your ticket is to get it online, as it:
Ticket prices vary by season, with tickets in Summer being more expensive.
Summer and Winter are two completely different experiences at Gornergrat. Below you will find a brief look at the things you can do in Gornergrat during these seasons.
Season: Summer & Winter
The newest addition to the Gornergrat, this multimedia experience will show visitors the Matterhorn and its surrounding Alpine peaks. Visitors will experience it in 3 levels.
1. Paragliding: slip on your 3-D glasses and sit on the paragliding chair. Choose between a relaxing or exhilarating day and explore the Horu (the local name for Matterhorn) virtually.
2. Immersive Cinema: Visitors get to see the four seasons on the Matterhorn with light projections on a true-to-life replica of the Matterhorn.
3. Periscope: Using a periscope, visitors can see the Matterhorn and its surrounding peaks. Graphic anchor text will give you more information about what you see.
Season: Summer & Winter
The beauty of the snowy slopes with the stark blue sky against it is a sight for sore eyes. There are multiple hiking trails between Zermatt and Gornergrat. If you want something more relaxed, take one of the shorter trails around Gornergrat. During summer, expect to see glimmering lakes and meadows in full bloom.
During winter, you can hike from Zermatt to Riffelalp or Riffelberg to Rottenboden, right through the Swiss pine forests.
Visitors can meet the famous black-nosed sheep of Zermatt. Between June to September, these spiral-horned sheep graze at Gornergrat. As they are fitted with a GPS collar, visitors can locate them easily and meet them!
Mountain bikers will find that Gornergrat is home to some of the most beautiful biking trails in all of Europe. There are a range of levels to choose from, but note that bookings must be made in advance to go mountain biking.
The Snow Fun Pass lets you explore Gornergrat in exciting ways such as snowshoeing, tobogganing, or sledding. It is especially for those who want to try their hand at something other than skiing.
It is impossible to think of Gornergrat and not think of skiing. The pristine slopes are every skier's dream. Be it a beginner or experienced skier, the Gornergrat is perfect for all.
Gornergrat Bahn opening hours are 7 AM to 7 PM daily. You can board the trains any time between these times.
Please note that timings are subject to change.
Duration: Your train ride is 30 minutes long. You are free to spend as much time as you'd like at the Gornergrat. Note that the last train leaves Gornergrat at 7 PM.
Zermatt Address: 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland.
How to reach Gornergrat from Zermatt:
The best way to get up to Gornergrat from Zermatt is via train. You can take the Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt and back. While you can hike from Zermatt to Riffelalp and Riffelberg to Rottenboden, it is not possible to use a car or any other mode of transportation to make this complete journey.
How to reach Zermatt:
By Train - Fly to Zurich or Geneva and take the train to Visp. You can change the mountain train directly to Zermatt.
By Car - Zermatt is car-free. You can come by road and park at one of the parking facilities in Täsch. From here, Zermatt is 12 mins away via train.
The best time to visit the Gornergrat is in the summer. The weather is relatively mild and is perfect for hikes. If you are looking for a crowd-free experience, then visit during winter and early spring. While the weather may be chilly, it will be worth it when you feast your eyes on the gorgeous snow-capped mountains.
Gornergrat offers a range of dining experiences to its visitors. Currently, the following eateries are open and accessible to guests:
The Gornergrat shopping complex is the highest shopping center in Europe at 3100m above sea level. You can purchase a range of memorabilia and souvenirs, along with snacks and warm drinks, from the shops.
"Little Matterhorn" is home to the highest cable car station in Europe at 3883 m and a lovely restaurant. It offers amazing views of the peaks in Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Take a cable car to the summit of this mountain and enjoy a variety of experiences such a hiking, paragliding, and the famous Peak Collection, which shows the famous peaks around Zermatt.
This heavily glaciated mountain has several peaks. It is often believed to be the easiest 4000m mountain that can be climbed. The pure snow against the rocky terrain makes for a picturesque view.
You can purchase Gornergrat Railway tickets online or at the station. However, it is highly advised that you purchase your tickets online as it is a safer and contactless transaction, and it allows you to avail of discounts offered by third-party websites.
Yes, you can purchase round trip Gornergrat Railway tickets from Zermatt. The tickets allow you to depart and board at the time of your choosing.
Your tickets for Gornergrat Railway can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Your Gornergrat Bahn tickets are only valid for the date selected at checkout.
Gornergrat Railway is operational from 7 AM - 7 PM daily in the summer.
Gornergrat Railway tickets start at CHF 120.
Children aged 6-15 can get discounted Gornergrat Railway tickets, provided they carry along a valid ID.
Yes, the Gornergrat Bahn is wheelchair-accessible. All train coaches have a low floor so wheelchair-bound visitors can enter easily. Visitors can avail themselves of the accessible toilet at Kulmhotel Gornergrat once they reach Gornergrat.
Yes, the Gornergrat Railway provides free WiFi at all stations and inside the trains.
Families with kids will love meeting the black-nosed sheep and Snow Fun Pass!
Couples will enjoy the multimedia experience — Zooom the Matterhorn, hiking, and skiing!