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There are 11 ways to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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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Train  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

$100 - $160

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Bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 107 / ...

$15 - $45

9 alternative options

Night train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Süd Nj / ...

$100 - $160

Rideshare  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Frankfurt 260.6 miles

$28

Drive  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main 258.5 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt  •  3 h 44 min

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

$117 - $350

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA

$107 - $295

Fly Zurich to Stuttgart, train  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Stuttgart (STR) ZRH - STR
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

$103 - $290

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Frankfurt  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Singen
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Frankfurt (FRA) FDH - FRA

$135 - $388

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Frankfurt  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Frankfurt (FRA) STR - FRA

$131 - $315

Fly Zurich to Nuremberg, train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nuremberg (NUE) ZRH - NUE
  2. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

$123 - $342

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main is to bus which costs SFr 15 - SFr 45 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which costs SFr 100 - SFr 300 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 53 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Frankfurt am Main is 306 km. The road distance is 413.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 3 h 53 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 160.

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The train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 3 h 53 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Zürich to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 3 h 53 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 15 - SFr 45 and takes 6 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 300 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 191.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 53 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main every 4 hours. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 3 h 53 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main 5 times a day. Tickets cost $25 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $280
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Singen
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
nightjet.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Zurigo to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zürich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Zürich to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Frankfurt am Main is 414 km. It takes approximately 3 h 46 min to drive from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Frankfurt am Main bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 681+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Zürich and Frankfurt am Main. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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

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