Davos is one of the Swiss alpine resort towns which can be easily accessed by train from Zurich.
A very simple change of train is required in Landquart and the routes taken by the trains you will be taking are both fabulous.
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Change trains in: Landquart
When looking at a rail map of Switzerland, you might assume that the obvious means of reaching Davos from Zurich by train would be to change trains at Chur, but instead you need to change trains at Landquart.
The connecting time between trains at Landquart station will be only 6 mins; but this is Switzerland, so making the connection in time is virtually guaranteed.
However, in order to make this optimum connection you'll need to have booked tickets for the end-to-end journey on SBB, or be travelling with a pass.
Six minutes is unlikely to be enough time to book tickets for the RhB train to Davos on arrival in Landquart.
Tickets can be booked online for this end-to-end journey which involve taking a SBB train + the train(s) on to Davos which are operated by RhB.
‘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 - see our Swiss Tickets guide for more advice on how to book these tickets
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 Saver Day Passes; 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 Zurich and Davos, even if you can book in advance.
They can be used on;
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, you’ll need to purchase another Saver Day Pass for your return journey.
Though 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 cheaper the further ahead that you book.
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Two of the daily departures are ICE-4 trains that have travelled from Germany.
These trains will depart from the street level platforms/tracks at Zurich HB - gleis 3 - 18.
Final Destination: Chur
Connect at Landquart into RhB trains towards Klosters and Davos.
From Zurich Flughafen/Airport:
There are now hourly direct trains between the station at Zurich Flughafen/Airport and Landquart, but those trains take an indirect route via St Gallen.
So it's possible to save around 50 mins on a train journey from Zurich Airport to Landquart, by changing trains at Zurich HB station.
Making the transfer will be much easier if you take a train from Zurich Flughafen to Zurich HB which uses the same part of Zurich HB station (platforms/tracks/gleis 3 - 18) that the trains on to Landquart depart from.
So when taking a train from the airport target either;
From the left of the train (when facing the direction) of travel, there are fabulous views over Lake Zurich...
and then over the Walensee...
...before the train makes its first station call in Sargans
Then between Sargans and Chur there are very pleasant views of distant mountain ranges from both sides of the train.
Final Destination: Davos Platz or St Moritz
The trains that terminate at Davos Platz depart hourly, while the trains to St Moritz depart in every other hour.
*The train will make two station calls in Davos, it will call at Davos Dorf before arriving at Davos Platz, so check which station will suit you best prior to boarding.
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