Getting to LeukerbadGetting to Leukerbad from either Geneva or Zurich airports usually takes between 3 hours and 3 hours 20 minutes by public transport. There are frequent fast trains running between the airports and nearest railway station at Leuk and a reliable bus service between Leuk and Leukerbad.
Nearest airports to Leukerbad
The nearest international airports are Geneva and Zurich airports with numerous scheduled flights daily via Swiss.com and other airlines. Alternatively, depending where you’re flying from, it’s worth checking for flights to Sion airport. For example, if flying from the UK, you can fly via Snowjet.co.uk from London Stansted to Sion which will reduce your transfer time by about 2 hours.
Sion airport 52km 48 minutes
Geneva airport – 204km 2 hours 10 minutes
Zurich airport – 321km 3 hours 20 minutes
Transfers from Geneva or Zurich airports to Leukerbad by rail and bus
Total journey time by train and bus from Zurich and Geneva airports takes between 3 hours and 3 hours 20 minutes. Although Zurich is farther away than Geneva, the ICE trains are faster and stop less often than the Inter Reggio trains and hence journey times are very similar.
If flying into Geneva, take an Inter Reggio train from Geneva airport direct to Leuk (2hours 25 minutes) then complete the journey from Leuk to Leukerbad by bus (30 minutes).
If flying into Zurich there’s a fast Inter City train service from Zurich airport to Visp (2 hours 20 minutes) where you change trains taking an Inter Reggio train from Visp to Leuk (10 minutes) then take the bus from Leuk to Leukerbad by bus (30 minutes).
For train timetables go to www.sbb.ch
Transfers from Sion airport to Leukerbad by rail and bus
If flying into Sion, there’s a free shuttle bus during the ski season which will take you from the airport to Sion railway station where you can take a train from Sion to Leuk (20 minutes) then complete the journey to Leukerbad by bus (30 minutes). Total journey time from Sion to Leukerbad usually takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.
LLB bus connection from Leuk SBB (railway station) to Leukerbad
The bus service between Leuk and Leukerbad is comfortable and reliable and runs regularly (at least one bus every hour in each direction) throughout the day. It’s just a short walk from railway platform to the bus stop which is easily visible in front of Leuk railway station and, even if you have an aversion to travelling by bus, it’s the best way to travel between the railway station at Leuk (731m) and Leukerbad (1,402m). Buses start at around 07:00 and end at about 21:00pm.
For bus timetables go to www.llbreisen.ch
Leukerbad Taxi Transfer Services
Alternatively, you can arrange a transfer between Leuk and Leukerbad by taxi, but there’s no real advantage in doing so unless you miss the bus or need to arrange a transfer particularly early or late in the day.
Limousine (5 persons) or minivan for up to 7 persons
Tel: +41 79 50 151 90
Minivan for up to 7 persons or minibus for up to 12 persons
Tel.: +41 (0)79 355 24 40
The guide price for a taxi from Leuk to Leukerbad is about CHF 80.
Driving to Leukerbad
If you prefer to drive or if it proves more economical to do so, fly to nearest airports Geneva (or Sion) then rent a car. It’s an easy drive from Geneva (AI/A9) or Sion airports (A9), around 190km and 40km respectively, from Leuk. From Leuk to Leukerbad is just 15km, but the road zig zags up from Leuk in the Rhone valley (731m) to Leukerbad (1,402m) and hence this part of the journey is definitely more interesting and more challenging (winter tyres and snow chains essential in winter).