Genève / Geneva to Mörel / Morel by train

The Aletsch Arena is one of the more distant winter sports resorts from Geneve, but despite that it is among the easiest to reach by train.



From Genève/Geneva-Cornavin to Mörel

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Departing from Geneve/Geneva:

Unlike the faster, but much less frequent EC trains, the IR trains 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.

Final Destination: Brig

Connect at Brig for MGB trains to Morel, Betten Andermatt, Oberwald and Disentis/Muster.

1 or 2 x connections per hour

Change trains in: Brig


Booking Tickets:

Tickets can be booked online up to 60 days ahead for this end-to-end journey which involves taking a SBB train + the train on to Morel which is operated by MGB.

‘Individual 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)of the Saver Day Passes there's a possibility they might save you money and can also allow for a less stressful journey.

Using Saver Day Passes:

A Saver Day Pass could save you money.

They can be cheaper than tickets for the end-to-end journey, particularly when the discounted Supersaver tickets aren't available - and are often cheaper if you will be making a day return trip between Geneve and Morel; even if you can book in advance.

They can be used on;

  • the trains between Geneva Airport and Brig
  • the trains between Brig and Morel

They are not train specific, so can still be used in the event of a journey to Switzerland being delayed.
Though as they’re only valid for one day’s travel, the clue is the name, so if you will be travelling back on another date, you’ll need to purchase another Saver Day Pass for your return journey.

However, they 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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

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Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

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Trainline Guide

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

There is always 1 x connection per hour, but in some hours there is also an additional EC train from Geneve to Brig:
If you won't be commencing your journey at Geneve Aerport it can be worth targeting the connections which involve taking these EC trains; which typically depart Geneve at 07:39; 13:39 and 18:39.
The end-2end journey if you take the EC train can be more than 30 mins faster.

Journey description:

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.

Approaching Vevey station, looking right Approaching Vevey station, looking right
Travelling between Vevey and Montreux Travelling between Vevey and Montreux
Travelling by the shore of the lake south of Montreux Travelling by the shore of the lake south of Montreux
Face forwards on the right to see the best of the views Face forwards on the right to see the best of the views
On the right you can't miss seeing the Chateau Chillon On the right you can't miss seeing the Chateau Chillon
Travelling between Bex and Sion Travelling between Bex and Sion
The 11th century Valeré Basilica can be seen on the the left as the train departs Sion station The 11th century Valeré Basilica can be seen on the the left as the train departs Sion station
Travelling through the vineyards between Sion and Visp Travelling through the vineyards between Sion and Visp

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Andermatt or Feisch

To The Aletsch Arena:

The base station of the Riederalp cable car is a 2 min walk from Mörel train station.

The cable car's stop at Riederalp Miitte has access to the western part of the Aletsch Arena ski resort.

For the eastern part of the Aletsch Arena remain on the MGB train one stop further until it arrives at Betten train station.

The Bettmeralp cable car station is adjacent to Betten train station.

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