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There are 12 ways to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich by train, car, bus or plane

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$129 - $239

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Bus FlixBus  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Zurich N177 / ...

$35 - $65

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Train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Zürich HB Ec

$130 - $220

Train, drive  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein Re / ...
  4. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Zürich

$136 - $215

Bus Eurolines FR  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Zurich

$100 - $165

Drive  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Düsseldorf to Zürich 381.2 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH

$52 - $168

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH

$142 - $345

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH

$71 - $218

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  5 h 19 min

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

$84 - $283

Fly Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen, train  •  5 h 28 min

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

$127 - $478

Fly Dusseldorf to Stuttgart, train  •  6 h 30 min

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

$115 - $251

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The cheapest way to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich is to bus which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 9 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich is to train and fly which costs 120€ - 300€ and takes 3 h 47 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Zurich. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Düsseldorf Hbf and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 40 min.

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The distance between Düsseldorf and Zürich is 448 km. The road distance is 609.9 km.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 5 h 49 min and costs 110€ - 210€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 49 min to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Düsseldorf to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Düsseldorf Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Zürich is to train which takes 5 h 49 min and costs 110€ - 210€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 9 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 150€ and takes 3 h 57 min.

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  • Distance: 279.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 49 min

What companies run services between Düsseldorf, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Düsseldorf to Zürich via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB in around 5 h 49 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Düsseldorf to Zürich 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Train operators
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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln/Bonn Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Böblingen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
Train from Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
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 Düsseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Düsseldorf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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

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Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf to Zürich is 610 km. It takes approximately 5 h 31 min to drive from Düsseldorf to Zürich.

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Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Düsseldorf to Zürich bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 505+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $87 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Dusseldorf Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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