Andermatt is one of the more distant ski resorts from Geneve, but with only one straightforward connection between trains required, it's easily accessed.
Departing from Geneve/Geneva:
These trains on IR route 90 commence their journeys at Geneve-Aeroport station.
It takes the trains around 5 mins to travel from there to the main station in Geneve before they then head off to Brig.
So these trains usually depart from the main station in Geneve 10 mins after they have departed from Geneve-Aeroport.
The connection in Brig
At Brig the stop that the MGB trains use is in front of the main station building on the station forecourt.
This routing is the simplest, usually cheapest and slightly fastest option for Geneve to Andermatt journeys by train.
The connecting time between trains at Brig station will be around 20 mins which should ensure a stress-free transfer.
1 x connection per hour
SBB and Trainline will sell tickets for this end-to-end journeys which involve taking a SBB train + the train(s) on to Andermatt which are operated by SBB
‘Point-to-Point tickets’ can be used on any train(s) on your travel date, but they tend to be comparatively expensive.
Supersaver tickets are cheaper, the portion of the journey by the SBB train can be discounted by up to 50%, but these tickets are train departure specific.
If you book a Supersaver ticket and a flight delay etc, causes you to miss a train you are booked on to, you will have to book another full-price ‘Individual Ticket(s).
You can then apply for a refund of the Supersaver ticket, but the application costs CHF 10.
Hence it’s worth comparing the ticket price of a journey with the price(s) e of Saver Day Passes (see below) – they might save you money and can also allow for a less stressful journey.
Using Saver Day Passes:
Now that the Swiss Transfer tickets have been discontinued a Saver Day Pass may save you money, if you can book at least a couple of weeks ahead (usually), so that you can obtain the pass at a discounted price.
They can be cheaper than tickets for the end-to-end journey, though they are more likely to be a money saver if you will be making a day return trip between Geneva and Andermatt; even if you can book in advance.
They can be used on;
Though as they’re only valid for one day’s travel, the clue is the name, you’ll need to purchase another Saver Day Pass for your return journey, if you'll be coming back to Geneve at a later date,
However the Saver Day Passes need to be booked at least a day ahead of your travel date, so won't be an option if you book tickets at the station on arrival in Switzerland.
They're also (much) cheaper the further ahead that you book.
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Final Destination: Brig
Connect at Brig for MGB trains to Morel, Betten Andermatt, Oberwald and Disentis/Muster.
This north to south route through Switzerland tends to be eclipsed by other routes through the Alps, but the scenery is very pleasant for virtually the entire trip!
After Lausanne there are some great views over Lake Geneva; from the right hand side of the train, when facing the direction of travel.
So if they're available, a forward facing window seat on the right will provide the optimum views on this journey.
Then between Sion and Visp, the train threads through valleys lined with vineyards...
...the video was filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction, but it gives a great idea of what to expect on this journey.
Final Destination: Disentis/Muster
There are also 'Glacier Express' trains between Brig and Andermatt, but tickets aren't available on those trains between these stations.
The lift up to Gemmstock, the Gemsstockbahn is a 10 min walk from Andermatt station.
There are great views from both sides of the train.
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