How to Get to Davos, Switzerland

By | January 21, 2023

Davos is a small ski resort, there is no airport there. Most tourists get through Zurich.

Trains depart from Zurich Airport to Davos, although you will have to change trains at the railway station and then at Landquart. The whole trip will take a little over 2.5 hours and will cost from 30.5 CHF. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Swiss Railways website. During the ski season, there is a shuttle bus from the airport directly to the resort on Saturdays. The stop is located at Terminal B. Check themotorcyclers for more cities and countries in Europe.

Those traveling from the airport by car should first keep to the A51 highway, and then turn onto the A1 near the city and follow the signs to Davos (about 160 km). Almost all highways are paid, so you need to buy the so-called “vignette” in advance. This card, worth about 50 CHF, gives you the right to travel on any toll roads in the country. The prices on the page are for October 2021.

Another option is to drive from Milan. For example, from the Central Station in 7 hours you can get to Davos with a change in Tirano. Such a trip will cost about 65 EUR. By car, the journey will take about 3 hours (250 km).

Transport

Within the resort, travelers with a guest card can use the free ski buses and ride the local railway trains. This card is issued at hotels or tourist offices, but it is valid only in Davos.

In summer, many tourists move around the resort and even in the mountains on bicycles. The bicycle infrastructure is well developed here. All lifts operating in the warm season are equipped with equipment for transporting a bike, and tracks for bikes are equipped. Rental stations offer a full range: from city bikes to electric bikes, there are also mountain bikes. Rental price – from 35 CHF per day. Children’s and electric bikes are more expensive: from 55 CHF.

Tourists rarely take a taxi in Davos: firstly, everything is close, secondly, free buses run, and thirdly, travel here is very expensive. Landing costs about 8 CHF, each kilometer – 3-7 CHF. As a result, a short trip costs 25-40 CHF. Taxis can be found at special parking lots, ordered by phone or online.

Rent a Car

It is unlikely that you will need a car to move around Davos itself. For those who prefer to get to the resort on their own and travel outside it, it may make sense to rent a car. It is easier to rent a car right at the airport, where there are counters of many companies. Or order in advance via the Internet and get the car at the terminal – it will be a little cheaper. Almost all major car rental companies are represented: Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Sixt – there is plenty to choose from. A week of renting an economy car will cost about 350 CHF per week, a sturdy SUV that is better suited for the mountains – about 570 CHF.

For those who come to Davos by car, it is more profitable to book a hotel with parking. The resort has parking lots, but they are very expensive. On the streets they are marked with colored lines: the blue color gives the right to park for free for an hour (it is important not to forget to place a special blue card with the time under the glass, it is issued along with the car). The white line indicates paid parking, the cost is 1-3 CHF per hour, but you can only stand in one place for 2 hours. Yellow color indicates that parking is prohibited, and red indicates that you can stand for free for as long as 15 hours, although you need to buy a red card from the police, bank or tourist office for this. Another option is covered and underground parking.

At night, almost all parking is free. The fine for illegal parking starts at 40 CFH, so it’s better not to risk it.

Davos Guest Card

All tourists who stay in Davos for at least one night receive a Davos Klosters Card. It is issued at a hotel or tourism office and requires only a confirmed booking at a local hotel. The card is free, but all guests pay a tourist tax: from 3 to 6 CHF per person per night. In addition to free public transport (buses and local rail), cardholders receive 5 to 50% discounts on many of the resort’s activities and entertainment: swimming pools, tennis courts, skating rinks, horse riding services, concerts, museums and welcome drinks in some establishments, including the casino in Davos.

More information about discounts can be found at resort website.

Tracks

The slopes around Davos, which is called the highest city in Europe, will not let you get bored. Although the two resorts are quite far apart, they have a common ski pass. The total number of slopes is 99, together they make up an impressive 320 km. On some from the top to the bottom of the valley you can roll for 10 km without stopping.

Davos has 6 separate ski areas. On one side of the valley are Pischa (Pischa, 2483 m), Jakobshorn (Jakobshorn, 2590 m) and Rinerhorn (Rinerhorn, 2490 m), on the other – Parsen (Parsenn) connected to each other with the highest point on Weissfluhgipfel (Weissfluhgipfel, 2844 m) and Gotschna (2285 m). Somewhat apart, behind Klosters, rises Madrisa (Madrisa, 2602 m).

The main ski area is Parsen north of Davos and west of Klosters with Weissfluh in the center. There are only two ways to get there – on the Parsenbahn (Parsernnban) lifts from Davos Dorf to the saddle under the peak and Gotshnagrat (Gotshnagrat, 2285 m) from Klosters to the ridge east of Weissflu. In different directions from Weissfluhjoch (Weissfluhjoch, 2662 m) routes of medium difficulty diverge.

For strong athletes at the top, on the Weissfluhgipfel (2844 m) there is a steep but short black section. From there, you can also go down the risky and little-explored Gotschnawang track, where in 1988 Prince Charles’ aide-de-camp died in an avalanche. The trails near Wolfgang (Wolfgang, 1631 m) can be very difficult when there is little snow. The exception is the 3 tracks running along the southern edge of the Strela sector and the routes from Gotschnagrat to Klosters.

Pischa and Rinerhorn are relatively small ski areas: one cabin lift each plus several ski lifts. The Jakobshorn is more interesting, the trails there are more varied.

Moreover, Davos also has excellent conditions for luge enthusiasts: Schatzalp – 8.5 km of slopes with a lift; Rinerhorn 3.5 km pistes and Wiesen 2 km.

Snowboarding in Davos

Davos is known as the “Swiss capital of snowboarding”: it has 6 fan parks open at once. Two of them are equipped on the slopes of the so-called Fun Mountain. There are also two halfpipes, jumps, tables and other freestyle fun. Another half-pipe is located at the Bolgen lift, a fun park is near the Jatz Junior ski lift in the Jakobshorn area. There are also fun parks in the Rinerhorn area, at Pischa height and at the Glattaggen lift in the Madriz area.

Ski pass

The resort offers various ski pass options, both for all pistes and for specific areas. A day ski pass for an adult costs from 73 CHF, a 6-day one will cost about 370 CHF. Teenagers, children and senior citizens (men over 65 and women over 64) receive additional discounts.

Online purchase of a ski pass at the office. The resort website (in English) gives all categories of customers a 30% discount.

Most tourists come to Davos with their equipment. For those who are light, the resort has several dozen sports shops where you can not only buy ammunition, but also rent it. Many shops offer lessons for beginners.

How to Get to Davos, Switzerland