There are 9 ways to get from Athens to Zürich by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, car, car ferry or night train

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

Recommended option

Fly to Zurich  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Zurich (ZRH) ATH - ZRH

$96 - $311

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Fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 21 min

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

$133 - $395

Train, bus and ferry  •  25 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Larissa
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Larissa to Bologna
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale Fr
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb Ec

$205 - $332

Bus, bus and ferry  •  27 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Trikala
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Trikala to Bologna
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Zurich

$217 - $303

Drive, car ferry  •  31 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Igoumenitsa
  2. Take the car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Venice
  3. Drive from Venice to Zürich

$231 - $452

Bus  •  36 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Zürich

$164 - $221

Bus, car ferry, train  •  42 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Venezia
  3. Take the train from Venezia S.Lucia to Zuerich Hb Ec

$198 - $456

Train, night train  •  45 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the night train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
  3. Take the train from Skopje to Belgrade 334
  4. Take the train from Beograd to Zürich HB En

$175 - $347

Drive  •  23 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Zürich 1472.4 miles

$350 - $550

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Zürich is to fly which costs 80€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Zürich is to fly which costs 80€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Zurich via Trikala, Ugo Bassi and Bologna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Athens to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Zürich HB via Thessaloniki, Skopje and Beograd. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45 h 12 min.

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The distance between Athens and Zürich is 1616 km. The road distance is 2355.9 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Zürich without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 25 h 24 min and costs 170€ - 290€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 1 min to get from Athens to Zürich, including transfers.

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Athens to Zürich bus services, operated by KTEL Grevenon, depart from Athens station.

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Athens to Zürich train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Zürich is to fly which takes 6 h 1 min and costs 80€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 140€ - 190€ and takes 36 h 37 min.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 1009.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 1 min

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss, Aegean Airlines and 11 other airlines fly from Athens to Zürich hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Zürich via Thessaloniki Monastiriou, Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis, Skopje Zob, and Skopje in around 36 h 37 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Athens to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Athens to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Athens to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Athens to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Athens to Basel via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Athens to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Athens to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Basel via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Athens to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Larissa
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$19 - $25
First Class
$24 - $35
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S.Lucia to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Serbian Railways
Website
srbvoz.rs
Night train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $11
1st Class Ticket
$12 - $20
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Skopje to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
9 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $110
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
Bus operators
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Larissa to Bologna
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Trikala to Bologna
Ave. Duration
13 h 21 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
KTEL Grevenon
Phone
24620 22242
Website
ktelgrevenon.gr
Bus from Athens to Trikala
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
ktelgrevenon.gr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
eurolines.ch
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Skopje to Zürich
Ave. Duration
24 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Athens to Patras
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Ferry operators
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Venice
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$81
Airplane economy seats
$95
2-berth outside
$190 - $230
3-berth outside shower
$170 - $210
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Patras to Venezia
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$99 - $101
Aircraft-type seats
$120 - $122
2 bed inside cabin
$316 - $319
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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