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There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Zürich by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Zurich  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Zurich (ZRH) BCN - ZRH

$53 - $257

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Fly to Basel, train  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Basel (BSL) BCN - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

$70 - $282

Train via Montpellier Saint-Roch  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...

$210 - $347

Train  •  11 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Valence TGV to Genève
  3. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...

$199 - $334

Bus Domo Reisen  •  16 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Bellaterra to Zürich Flughafen

$104 - $145

Bus Eurolines DE  •  19 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona - Estación de Autobuses Barcelona Nord to Freiburg
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Zurich 207 / ...

$82 - $116

Bus ALSA  •  45 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Zurich

$100 - $170

Drive  •  10 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Zürich 648.9 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to bus which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 19 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to fly which costs 45€ - 230€ and takes 4 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Zurich. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 45 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at Zürich HB via Montpellier Saint-Roch, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 32 min.

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The distance between Barcelona and Zürich is 836 km. The road distance is 1038.2 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 11 h 32 min and costs 180€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 39 min to get from Barcelona to Zürich, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Zürich bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona to Zürich train services, operated by inOui TGV, depart from Barcelona Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to fly which takes 4 h 39 min and costs 45€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 180€ - 310€ and takes 11 h 32 min, you could also bus, which costs 90€ - 130€ and takes 16 h 41 min.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 522.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 39 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss, Vueling Airlines and two other airlines fly from Barcelona to Zürich every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Barcelona to Zürich via Montpellier Saint-Roch, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 11 h 32 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Barcelona to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Nice
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Flights from Barcelona to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$90 - $120
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$100 - $120
1st Class
$140 - $210
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $100
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Valence TGV to Genève
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
Bus operators
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Barcelona Bellaterra to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Barcelona - Estación de Autobuses Barcelona Nord to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
16 h 1 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Freiburg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
45 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Barcelona to Zürich bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Zurich station.

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Barcelona to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Zürich is 1038 km. It takes approximately 10 h 1 min to drive from Barcelona to Zürich.

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Vueling Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 506+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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