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There are 7 ways to get from Barcelona to Zürich by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Zurich

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

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Bus via Nîmes

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Nîmes
  2. Take the bus from Nîmes to Zurich Bus Station

Fly to Basel, train

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

Train

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  3. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Freiburg Hauptbahnhof
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg Hauptbahnhof to Zurich Bus Station

Bus #2

  1. Take the bus from Conex Barcelona to Zurich

Drive

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Zürich

Barcelona to Zürich by train

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11h 12m Average Duration
SFr 164 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • There are no current restrictions
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to delay international travel until fully vaccinated

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is subject to regional advice.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, returning to Spain from Switzerland is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 3 Aug 2022
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to bus via Nîmes which costs €45 - €70 and takes 19h 10m.

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The fastest way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to fly. Taking this option will cost €60 - €260 and takes 4h 42m.

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

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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 Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 12m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Zürich is 836 km. The road distance is 1062.9 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 11h 12m and costs €160 - €290.

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It takes approximately 4h 42m to get from Barcelona to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Barcelona to Zürich train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Zürich is to fly which takes 4h 42m and costs €60 - €260. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €160 - €290 and takes 11h 12m, you could also bus, which costs €55 - €75 and takes 17h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 835.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 42m

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

Swiss, Vueling Airlines and Lufthansa fly from Barcelona to Zürich every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Barcelona to Zürich via Lyon Part Dieu and Genève in around 11h 12m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 650
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 290
Flights from Barcelona to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 340
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Barcelona to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 340
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Nice
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 340
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Basel via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
1st Class
SFr 24 - SFr 29
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
Renfe SNCF
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 28
Rail 1st Class
SFr 29 - SFr 45
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Freiburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg Hauptbahnhof to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 12
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Barcelona to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Nîmes to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
12h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
Website
Blablabus
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Conex Barcelona to Zurich
Ave. Duration
45h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 220
Website
ALSA

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

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Barcelona to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich Bus 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 1063 km. It takes approximately 10h to drive from Barcelona to Zürich.

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

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Book your Barcelona to Zürich bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 258+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs €6.

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