Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast Episode 80 - Matterhorn Alpine Crossing
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Episode 80: Matterhorn Alpine Crossing – Connecting Switzerland and Italy by cable car

September 6, 2023 Last Updated on June 5, 2024

I hope you’ve left some room in your Swiss itinerary for another fantastic mountain excursion because after hearing from our guest in this episode you’ll be very keen to experience the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing, which links Zermatt in Switzerland with Cervinia in Italy, for yourself. 

Back in episode 51, we learnt about the excursion from Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise but with the recent opening of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing, it’s now possible to travel all the way to Italy by cable car.

In fact, the new Glacier Ride II which connects Matterhorn Glacier Paradise with Testa Grigia on the Swiss Italian border, is the highest alpine crossing by cable car at an altitude of 3,480 metres above sea level.

There are plenty of reasons to include a stay in Zermatt in your travel plans and the new Matterhorn Alpine Crossing is one of them, as you’ll discover in my chat with Claudia Wyss from Zermatt Cableways.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Which towns the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing connects
  • The history of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing
  • How to travel between Zermatt and Cervinia
  • Matterhorn Alpine Crossing ticket prices
  • Things to see and do at the intermediate stations
  • Travelling one way between Switzerland and Italy (or vice versa)
  • How long to allow for your excursion on the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing

Our Guest

Claudia Wyss from Zermatt Bergbahnen
Claudia Wyss

Claudia Wyss was lucky to grow up in the Swiss town of Zermatt surrounded by mountains. Growing up, she always used the cableways to go skiing, biking, hiking, or climbing. You won’t find Claudia at home very often as she as loves spending as much time as possible outdoors.

She loves meeting people from all over the world and telling them about her beautiful hometown, its fantastic cableway infrastructure and all the fun things there are to do in Zermatt.

Information mentioned in this episode

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing route and intermediate stations:

  • Zermatt -> Trockener Steg (via Schwarzsee or Füri)
  • Trockener Steg -> Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise -> Testa Grigia
  • Testa Grigia -> Cime Bianche
  • Cime Bianche -> Plan Maison
  • Plan Maison -> Cervinia
Map of Matterhorn Alpine Crossing
Matterhorn Alpine Crossing map courtesy of Zermatt Bergbahnen.

Other helpful resources

Read the full transcript of this episode > here.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride II cable car
Glacier Ride II © Zermatt Bergbahnen
Two of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II cable cars at Zermatt
Glacier Ride II © Zermatt Bergbahnen

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