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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Salzburg by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 23m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$80 - $140

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Bus FlixBus  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg South N391

$27 - $45

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Bus Eurolines CH  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Salzburg

$35 - $45

Night train  •  5h 42m

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf En / ...

$95 - $170

Drive, train  •  5h 4m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Landeck-Zams
  2. Take the train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$64 - $102

Drive  •  4h 29m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Salzburg 285.5 miles

$55 - $90

Fly Zurich to Salzburg  •  5h 19m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Salzburg (SZG) ZRH - SZG

$121 - $329

Fly Zurich to Munich, train  •  5h 8m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$126 - $369

Fly Zurich to Nuremberg, train  •  7h 50m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nuremberg (NUE) ZRH - NUE
  2. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to München Hbf
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$148 - $387

Train to Basel, fly to Munich, train  •  7h 29m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Munich (MUC) BSL - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$126 - $354

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 6h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to drive which costs SFr 55 - SFr 90 and takes 4h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Salzburg. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Salzburg Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 23m.

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The distance between Zürich and Salzburg is 340 km. The road distance is 456.9 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 140.

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The train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf takes 5h 23m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Zürich to Salzburg bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zürich station.

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Zürich to Salzburg train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 6h 30m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 120 - SFr 330 and takes 5h 19m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 212.8 miles
  • Duration: 5h 23m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Salzburg, Austria?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Salzburg every 4 hours. Tickets cost $80 - $140 and the journey takes 5h 23m. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Salzburg 3 times a week. Tickets cost $35 - $45 and the journey takes 6h 30m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Basel to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $900
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
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 Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Book at
eurolines.ch
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg South
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 55m and has one stopover.

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Zürich to Salzburg bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Salzburg station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Salzburg is 457 km. It takes approximately 4h 29m to drive from Zürich to Salzburg.

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Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus and five other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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There are 1243+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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