Trains to Zurich Find train times and tickets

Switzerland’s largest city enjoys a lakeshore setting, and the mountains are close enough to remind everyone in Zurich that there’s more to Switzerland than pacing the clean streets of the city. It’s a good choice for a short stay, even a long weekend break, but before long you’ll want to escape from Zurich and discover another side of Switzerland. The centre of Zurich is an enjoyable jumble of small roads on either side of the River Limmat, just at the point where the river flows north out of the Zürichsee. It’s a great area to wander. Zurich packs a few surprises. Cut through the conservative veneer and you’ll discover a city that made space for Lenin, James Joyce and the European avant-garde. In 2016, Zurich marked the centenary of its own home-grown art movement: Dadaism was born in the Swiss city.

Zurich is the largest rail hub in Switzerland. The main station, just a five-minute walk from the heart of the Old Town, is called the Hauptbahnhof (and is shown as Zurich HB on Loco2). It is especially well served by overnight trains. Every evening, direct trains leave Zurich HB for Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Prague, Vienna and Zagreb. These trains all include a choice of proper sleepers, more economical couchettes and – for hardy travellers – seated accommodation.

The choice of daytime departures from Zurich HB is remarkable. There are French TGVs to Paris; Austrian Railjets to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest; EuroCity trains to Como and Milan (with much shorter journey times to Italy following the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel in late 2016); German ICEs to Frankfurt-am-Main and Hamburg. There are frequent trains to all major Swiss cities.

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London to Zurich by train

from £69.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 25m

Paris to Zurich by train

from £25.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 3m

Milan to Zurich by train

from £7.90

Avg 0 changes 3hr 26m

Geneva to Zurich by train

from £69.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 41m

Vienna to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 7hr 43m

Como to Zurich by train

from £8.20

Avg 0 changes 2hr 48m

Rome to Zurich by train

from £26.20

Avg 1 change 6hr 51m

Berne to Zurich by train

from £43.00

Avg 0 changes 56m

Berlin to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 56m

Bologna to Zurich by train

from £17.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 43m

Frankfurt am Main to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 55m

Basel to Zurich by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 52m

Munich to Zurich by train

from £16.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 20m

Amsterdam to Zurich by train

from £52.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 55m

Salzburg to Zurich by train

from £34.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 24m

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Chur to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 14m

Brig to Zurich by train

from £77.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 9m

Interlaken to Zurich by train

from £50.00

Avg 1 change 1hr 53m

Dijon to Zurich by train

from £48.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 24m

Brussels to Zurich by train

from £51.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 43m

Cologne to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 6hr 1m

Venice to Zurich by train

from £17.00

Avg 1 change 5hr 49m

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