There are 10 ways to get from Essen to Switzerland by train, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Essen 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 3 / ...

$121 - $246

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  12 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Bochum to Zurich N07

$61 - $104

8 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 4 min

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

$160 - $245

Bus Eurolines FR  •  15 h 31 min

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

$109 - $179

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Zürich 396.6 miles

$80 - $120

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf, Derendorf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Basel (BSL) DUS - BSL

$72 - $255

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf, Derendorf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH

$70 - $201

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH

$88 - $257

Fly Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) DUS - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$76 - $259

Fly Dusseldorf to Milan Linate, train  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Linate (LIN) DUS - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$93 - $277

What companies run services between Essen, Germany and Switzerland?

You can take a train from Essen to Zürich via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, and Zürich HB in around 6 h 18 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $70 and the journey takes 11 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$35 - $95
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $230
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf, Derendorf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Schedules at
bahn.de
S-Bahn
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf-Derendorf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Schedules at
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$29 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $65
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$28 - $30
First
$41
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bochum to Zurich
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Essen to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
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
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $29
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Essen to Switzerland?

The distance between Essen and Switzerland is 525 km. The road distance is 635 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Essen to Switzerland?

The cheapest way to get from Essen to Switzerland is to drive which costs 65€ - 100€ and takes 5 h 44 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Essen to Switzerland?

The quickest way to get from Essen to Switzerland is to train and fly which takes 4 h 29 min and costs 55€ - 210€.

Is there a direct train between Essen and Switzerland?

No, there is no direct train from Essen to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 18 min.

How long does it take to get from Essen to Switzerland?

It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to get from Essen to Switzerland, including transfers.