There are 10 ways to get from Bologna to Zürich by train, bus and ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...

$46 - $130

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Bus FlixBus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Bologna, Bologna to Zurich 421 / ...

$28 - $50

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Bus and ferry  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Zurich

$40 - $50

Bus Calanda Viaggi  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Bologna Casalecchio to Zürich Zob Sihlquai

$42 - $57

Drive  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Bologna to Zürich 313.7 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Bologna to Zurich  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Zurich (ZRH) BLQ - ZRH

$107 - $343

Train to Florence, fly to Zurich  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
  2. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH

$94 - $398

Train, train to Milan Malpensa, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Porta Garibaldi
  2. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH

$114 - $335

Train to Venice, fly to Zurich  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Zurich (ZRH) VCE - ZRH

$78 - $384

Train to Venice, fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Basel (BSL) VCE - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

$95 - $449

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bologna and arriving at Zurich. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bologna to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Bologna C.Le and arriving at Zürich HB via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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The distance between Bologna and Zürich is 385 km. The road distance is 502 km.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 6 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Bologna to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Bologna to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Bologna C.Le station.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Zürich is to train which takes 6 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 42 min.

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

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Bologna to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Bologna to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 240.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

What companies run services between Bologna, Italy and Zürich, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Bologna to Zürich via Milano Centrale in around 6 h 5 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bologna to Zürich 4 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $250
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Venice to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Venice to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Flights from Venice to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Train operators
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Porta Garibaldi
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Venezia Mestre Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$21 - $90
First
$55 - $140
Trenitalia

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 Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$13 - $16
Train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
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
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
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 - $50
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 Bologna, Bologna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Bologna Casalecchio to Zürich Zob Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com

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Bologna to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bologna to Zürich is 502 km. It takes approximately 5 h 12 min to drive from Bologna to Zürich.

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Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, easyJet and eight other airlines offer flights from Bologna Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Bologna to Zürich bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Bologna Airport is to line 40 bus which takes 13 min and costs .

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