Can I go from Chamonix to Zermatt with a Swiss Travel Pass?

I purchased a Swiss Travel Pass. The first leg of my trip is from Chamonix to Zermatt. Do I need a separate ticket to start my journey from France (Chamonix) or will my Swiss Travel Pass work from Chamonix towards Zermatt?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2018 16:27
    Hi Susan,

    Connections from Chamonix to Zermatt take about 4 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Vallorcine, once in Martigny, and then once in Visp. The segments from Chamonix to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Martigny represent the famed Mont Blanc Express scenic route. As a bonus of the Swiss Travel Pass, the Mont Blanc Express is covered (even though it's in France). You can validate your pass right there at the station in Chamonix before you board.

    Reservations are not accepted on any of these trains, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for the segments from Chamonix to Martigny and Visp to Zermatt. However, schedules from Martigny to Visp are not able to be viewed on our website; For your reference, these trains depart 3-4 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride from Martigny to Visp takes 40-60 minutes.
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    • Hi Jeff, will i be able to use my Swiss Travel Pass from Geneva to Chamonix and back from Chamonix to Geneva, although the latter route departs at France?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 14, 2018 20:29
      Hi Mei,

      A bonus of the Swiss Travel Pass is that it does cover travel to/from Chamonix via the Mont Blanc Express, even though Chamonix is in France. You can use the Swiss Travel Pass to travel in either direction, even if you start in Chamonix.

      Connections from Chamonix to Geneva take about 3.5 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Vallorcine and then once in Martigny. The segments from Chamonix to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Martigny represent the actual Mont Blanc Express. Just show your Swiss Travel Pass and you'll be good to go.

      For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for the segments from Vallorcine to Martigny and Martigny to Geneva.

      Schedules from Chamonix to Vallorcine are not able to be viewed on our website. The trains from Chamonix to Vallorcine depart hourly throughout the day, and the ride only takes 37 minutes.
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  • Hi Jeff, will i be able to use my Swiss Travel Pass (2nd class) from Geneva to Chamonix and back from Chamonix to Geneva, although the latter route departs at France?

    Or is there any bus which i could take that i can use the Swiss Pass from Geneva to Chamonix and back?
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    • Hi Jeff,

      Thank you for your reply. I am now changing route from zermatt to chamonix and from chamonix to geneva airport. 1) Could you please advice if the Swiss pass is valid for this route.

      2)how long is the duration for both and which train should i catch? Because i will be leaving from zermatt to chamonix on the 27th and leaving to geneva airport on the 28th. Both dates are the strike date for SNCF.

      3) i could not find any train from chamonix to geneva airport, only bus. Is it true?

      Thank you

      Regards,
      Mei
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 11, 2018 17:55
      Hi Mei,

      Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass is valid on travel between Switzerland and Chamonix via the Mont Blanc Express route. The connections are like I described above. You are welcome to take a bus from Chamonix to the Geneva Airport, but the Swiss Travel Pass would not be valid.

      Zermatt to Chamonix

      Connections from Zermatt to Chamonix take about 4 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Visp, once in Martigny, and then once in Vallorcine. Trains from Martigny to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Chamonix make up the Mont Blanc Express scenic route. To board, you would just show your Swiss Travel Pass.

      For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under ‘Tickets & Reservations’ on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for the segments from Zermatt to Visp, Martigny to Vallorcine, and Vallorcine to Chamonix.

      Schedules from Visp to Martigny are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, trains from Visp to Martigny depart 3-4 times every throughout the day, and the ride takes anywhere between 40-60 minutes.

      Chamonix to the Geneva Airport

      Connections from Chamonix to the Geneva Airport take about 3.5 to 4 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Vallorcine and then once in Martigny. Trains from Chamonix to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Martigny make up the Mont Blanc Express scenic route.

      For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under ‘Tickets & Reservations’ on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for each of these segments. Therefore, you would do one search from Chamonix to Vallorince, another search from Vallorcine to Martigny, and then another search from Martigny to ‘Geneva Airport’. When searching schedules to the station at the airport in Geneva, you would just type ‘Geneva Airport’ into the field for the arrival city.
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