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There are 8 ways to get from Florence to Zürich by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 35m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 80 - SFr 233

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Bus  •  8h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Milan, Milan N528
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Zurich N184 / ...

SFr 27 - SFr 41

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Bus via FIRENZE - Autostazione SITA via S.Caterina da Siena17  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from FIRENZE - Autostazione SITA via S.Caterina da Siena17 to Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano Baltour
  2. Take the bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Zurich

SFr 38 - SFr 59

Night bus  •  8h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Florence, Florence to Zurich N524

SFr 30 - SFr 40

Drive  •  6h

  1. Drive from Florence to Zürich 587.6 km

SFr 80 - SFr 120

Fly Florence to Zurich  •  4h 7m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH

SFr 68 - SFr 622

Fly Florence to Basel, train  •  6h 59m

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

SFr 105 - SFr 297

Train to Bologna, fly to Zurich  •  7h 6m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Zurich (ZRH) BLQ - ZRH

SFr 174 - SFr 515

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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Zürich is to night bus which costs 29€ - 40€ and takes 8h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Zürich is to fly which costs 60€ - 600€ and takes 4h 7m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Florence, Florence and arriving at Zurich. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Florence to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Firenze S.M.N. and arriving at Zuerich Hb via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 35m.

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The distance between Florence and Zürich is 451 km. The road distance is 587.6 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 6h 35m and costs 75€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 6h 35m to get from Florence to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Florence to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Firenze S.M.N. station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Zürich is to train which takes 6h 35m and costs 75€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 8h 33m, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 600€ and takes 4h 7m.

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  • Distance: 450.7 km
  • Duration: 6h 35m

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

You can take a train from Florence to Zürich via Milano Centrale in around 6h 35m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Florence to Zürich via Milan, Milan in around 8h 33m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 460
Flights from Florence to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 430
Flights from Florence to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 500
Flights from Florence to Basel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 370
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 420
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 470
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 430
Flights from Florence to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 240
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 380
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 430
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 230
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 250
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 280
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 270
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 350
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 380
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 310
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 410
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 240
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 320
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 380
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 300
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 360
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 260
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 85
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 26 - SFr 35
Base Standard
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Base Premium
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Base Standard
SFr 26 - SFr 35
Base Premium
SFr 30 - SFr 50
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Smart Low Cost
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Smart Flex
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Smart Low Cost
SFr 13 - SFr 18
Smart Flex
SFr 28 - SFr 40
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 29
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 20 - SFr 29
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 11
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 7 - SFr 11
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 Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 150
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 150
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 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
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 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
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 Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 13 - SFr 14
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 Florence, Florence to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Florence, Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan to Zürich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 20
Website
Marino Autolinee
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
Website
RegioJet
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
global.flixbus.com
Bus from FIRENZE - Autostazione SITA via S.Caterina da Siena17 to Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 20
Website
Baltour
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 40
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eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Florence Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Florence to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Zürich is 588 km. It takes approximately 6h to drive from Florence to Zürich.

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Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Florence Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 596+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Florence to Florence Airport is to tram which takes 18 min and costs 2€.

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