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There are 9 ways to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Zurich (ZRH) BER - ZRH

SFr 73 - SFr 237

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Bus  •  15h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin Südkreuz train station to Zurich Bus Station N42

SFr 46 - SFr 107

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Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel, train  •  5h 50m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Basel (BSL) BER - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

SFr 69 - SFr 228

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart, train  •  6h 46m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Stuttgart (STR) BER - STR
  2. Take the train from Boeblingen to Zuerich Hb

SFr 123 - SFr 365

Train to Dresden, fly to Zurich  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Zurich (ZRH) DRS - ZRH

SFr 96 - SFr 508

Train  •  8h 37m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Basel Sbb Ice
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB Ir36 / ...

SFr 179 - SFr 262

Train via Stuttgart  •  9h 49m

  1. Take the train from Berlin central station to Stuttgart central station Flx10
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zuerich Hb Ic

SFr 97 - SFr 135

Night train  •  12h 11m

  1. Take the night train from Berlin Hbf to Zuerich Hb Nj

SFr 280 - SFr 500

Drive  •  7h 19m

  1. Drive from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB 841 km

SFr 100 - SFr 150

Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB by train

The train journey time between Berlin Central Station and Zürich HB is around 9h 13m and covers a distance of around 977 km. The fastest train normally takes 8h 23m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), TGV inOui and others, the Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Zürich HB. Typically 46 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
9h 13m
Fastest train time:
8h 23m
Train distance:
977 km
Trains per week:
46
Cheapest price:
SFr 193
Carbon emissions:
51 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:14
Last train departs at:
16:01

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB train schedules

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International entry into Switzerland from Germany

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Germany

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Germany
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Germany

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Germany.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich HB is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich HB is 1.5 metres.

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

No, but conditions apply when returning to Germany from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB is to bus which costs €40 - €100 and takes 15h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB is to fly which costs €65 - €220 and takes 4h 18m.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Zuerich Hb. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 12h 11m.

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The distance between Berlin Central Station and Zürich HB is 668 km. The road distance is 841 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB without a car is to train which takes 8h 37m and costs €160 - €240.

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It takes approximately 4h 18m to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB, including transfers.

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Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB train services, operated by Flixtrain, depart from Berlin central station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB is to fly which takes 4h 18m and costs €65 - €220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €160 - €240 and takes 8h 37m, you could also bus, which costs €40 - €100 and takes 15h 52m.

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Map of how to get from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB.
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  • Distance: 668.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 18m

What companies run services between Berlin Central Station, Germany and Zürich HB, Switzerland?

Swiss, easyJet and Lufthansa fly from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB via Basel SBB in around 8h 37m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 420
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 380
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 400
Flights from Dresden to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 290
Flights from Dresden to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 380
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 300
Flights from Dresden to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 290
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 210
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 270
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 270
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 550
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 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Night train from Berlin Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
11h 52m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 280 - SFr 500
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 230
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 39
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 35
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Boeblingen to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 45
Website
Railjet
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin central station to Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Website
Flixtrain
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin Südkreuz train station to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
14h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB is 841 km. It takes approximately 7h 19m to drive from Berlin Central Station to Zürich HB.

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easyJet, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 285+ hotels available in Zürich HB. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs €7 - €12.

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