Zurich to Davos – A Scenic Journey To The Mountains


Getting from Zurich to Davos is a tale of two worlds – starting in the bustling Zurich and ending in the serene alpine splendor of Davos.

This journey promises a seamless blend of urban sophistication and natural grandeur, offering a glimpse into the heart of Switzerland’s diverse charm. Explore the Zurich to Davos route with us as we journey from city lights to alpine heights in Switzerland.

Zurich to Davos Options

  • Train: 2.5 hours at CHF 28 one way
  • Car: A 148km drive, taking 1 hour 45 with little traffic

Zurich to Davos by Train

Train along the Walensee Lake
Train along the Walensee Lake
  • Journey Time: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Train Frequency: 17 a day
  • Cost: CHF 28 and up (check the table below)

Traveling from Zurich to Davos by train is a delightful journey through the Swiss Alps, offering breathtaking views of the scenic landscapes.

Train route for this journey:

  • Zurich Hauptbahnhof station to Landquart, which takes just over an hour
  • Landquart to Davos, another one hour and ten minutes
  • Train will arrive at Davos Platz or Davos Dorf

Trains are comfortable and have amenities like dining cars and Wi-Fi on specific routes. The train ride from Chur to Davos is incredibly scenic, offering panoramic views of the Alps. My highlight on this journey is the ride along the picturesque Walensee Lake and the sheer Churfirsten mountains that rise above it.

You can purchase tickets for this train journey at Zurich Hauptbahnhof or online through the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) website. Switzerland offers various ticket types, including one-way tickets, round-trip tickets, and Swiss Travel Passes for tourists.

Train Ticket Prices

Ticket prices vary depending on the type of train (e.g., regular or scenic trains) and class of service (e.g., first class or second class). It’s advisable to check the SBB website or visit the train station for up-to-date ticket prices.

Ticket Prices (CHF)
2nd Class One Way28
1st Class One Way49
2nd Class Return56
1st Class Return98
Train ticket prices from Zurich to Davos

Throughout the journey, you’ll be able to admire Switzerland’s stunning landscapes, including mountains, valleys, and charming villages. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking scenery.

Zurich to Davos by Car

Zurich to Davos by car
Zurich to Davos by car
  • Drive Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
  • Distance: 148 km

Getting to Davos by car from Zurich is a straightforward drive that takes just under 2 hours, depending on traffic.

You will slowly leave the Lake Zurich region on a wide, fast A3 until you enter the somewhat slower portion along the stunning Walensee. After passing through a range of tunnels, you will soon be in Landquart, where you will soon turn off onto a country road to Davos.

You are now close to Davos, but the drive will take you slowly uphill through more curves, tunnels, and an easy country road. Apart from the scenery, one of the highlights along this route is the stunning Sunnibergbrücke bridge, which leads into a long straight tunnel before Davos.

I have made this journey dozens of times and the views, especially along the Walensee, are stunning!

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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