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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6 h 22 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 / ...

$109 - $230

Cheapest option

Bus  •  12 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Bochum to Zurich N07

$55 - $98

8 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 11 min

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

$153 - $234

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Zürich 396.6 miles

$80 - $120

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel  •  4 h 24 min

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

$71 - $249

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 36 min

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

$69 - $194

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Geneva  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA

$56 - $179

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 48 min

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

$90 - $252

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Friedrichshafen, ferry  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) DUS - FDH
  3. Take the ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai

$121 - $477

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  6 h 16 min

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

$73 - $251

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Essen to Switzerland is to train and fly which costs 45€ - 160€ and takes 5 h.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Switzerland is to train and fly which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 4 h 24 min.

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The distance between Essen and Switzerland is 525 km. The road distance is 634.5 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from Essen to Switzerland, including transfers.

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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 22 min.

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There are 663+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Essen to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 328.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 22 min

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 22 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 11 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.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 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
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
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 Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
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 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
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 33 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 Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $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
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$30 - $90
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
Train from Essen Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity
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
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
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 Hbf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Schedules at
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $60
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
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
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$20 - $27
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Ferry operators
BSB Ferries
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 3640-0
Email
info@bsb.de
Website
bsb.de
Ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
bsb.de

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