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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); a new direct daytime service to Venice at weekends in summer 2017; German ICEs to Frankfurt-am-Main and Hamburg. There are frequent trains to all major Swiss cities.

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Cambridge to Zurich by train

from £135.10

Avg 2 changes 9hr 38m

Rastatt to Zurich by train

from £18.50

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Munich to Zurich by train

from £18.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 19m

Lindau to Zurich by train

from £22.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 59m

Edinburgh to Zurich by train

from £138.00

Avg 2 changes 13hr

Hanover to Zurich by train

from £139.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 18m

Spiez to Zurich by train

from £59.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 33m

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Zurich by train

from £74.50

Avg 2 changes 4hr 41m

Belfort to Zurich by train

from £43.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 44m

Interlaken to Zurich by train

from £74.50

Avg 1 change 1hr 53m

Prague to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 10hr 35m

Winterthur to Zurich by train

from £23.00

Avg 0 changes 19m

Landquart Fabriken to Zurich by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 4m

Nuremberg to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Baden-Baden to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 29m

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St. Gallen to Zurich by train

from £30.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 2m

Lille to Zurich by train

from £46.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 6m

Horb am Neckar to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 10m

Stuttgart to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 56m

Feldkirch to Zurich by train

from £39.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 32m

Cologne to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Eindhoven to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Bregenz to Zurich by train

from £44.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 47m

Düsseldorf to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 5hr 10m

Colmar to Zurich by train

from £39.50

Avg 1 change 1hr 49m

Offenburg to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 23m

Utrecht to Zurich by train

from £73.50

Avg 1 change 7hr 27m

Mulhouse to Zurich by train

from £37.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 19m

Como to Zurich by train

from £26.80

Avg 0 changes 2hr 48m

Linz to Zurich by train

from £63.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 32m

Mannheim to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 9m

Amsterdam to Zurich by train

from £36.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 55m

Frankfurt am Main to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 55m

Turin to Zurich by train

from £20.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 29m

Aachen to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 9m

Montpellier to Zurich by train

from £76.50

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Mainz to Zurich by train

from £37.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 18m

Heidelberg to Zurich by train

from £100.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 31m

Madrid to Zurich by train

from £185.50

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Rosenheim to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 4hr 49m

Freiburg to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 35m

Brig to Zurich by train

from £78.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 9m

Saint Anton to Zurich by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 20m

Duisburg to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 5hr 27m

Koblenz to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 4m

Fulda to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 5hr 10m

Bologna to Zurich by train

from £45.20

Avg 1 change 4hr 43m

Budapest to Zurich by train

from £136.50

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Radolfzell to Zurich by train

from £23.50

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Buchloe to Zurich by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 35m

Konstanz to Zurich by train

from £25.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 18m

Saarbrücken to Zurich by train

from £37.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 32m

Hamburg to Zurich by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 7hr 36m

Innsbruck to Zurich by train

from £56.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 30m

Bordeaux to Zurich by train

from £75.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 22m

Leipzig to Zurich by train

from £45.50

Avg 1 change 7hr 12m

Dresden to Zurich by train

from £54.50

Avg 1 change 8hr 39m

Arnhem to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 52m

Florence to Zurich by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 5hr 21m

Nice to Zurich by train

from £64.00

Avg 1 change 8hr 46m

Genoa to Zurich by train

from £35.30

Avg 1 change 5hr 28m

Lyon to Zurich by train

from £65.00

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Barcelona to Zurich by train

from £163.50

Avg 1 change 10hr 11m

Berne to Zurich by train

from £42.50

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Berlin to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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