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There are 11 ways to get from Florence to Zürich by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Ic2 / ...

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Night bus  •  8h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Florence to Zurich Bus Station N524

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Train via Como  •  6h 3m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Chiasso to Zürich HB Ec

Train via Locarno  •  8h 19m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Tenero Re
  3. Take the train from Tenero to Zürich HB

Bus  •  8h 43m

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

Drive  •  5h 53m

  1. Drive from Florence to Zürich 579.9 km

Fly Florence to Zurich  •  4h 8m

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

Train to Bologna, fly to Zurich  •  4h 40m

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

Fly Florence to Basel, train  •  7h

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

Train to Pisa, fly to Zurich  •  5h 21m

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

Train to Venice, fly to Zurich  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Zurich (ZRH) VCE - ZRH

Florence to Zürich by train

The train journey time between Florence and Zürich is around 5h 50m and covers a distance of around 557 km. This includes an average layover time of around 42 min. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno, Trenitalia Intercity and others, the Florence to Zürich train service departs from Firenze S.M.N. and arrives in Zürich HB. Typically 151 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

151 Weekly Trains
5h 50m Average Duration
SFr 72 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Zürich is to night bus which costs €29 - €35 and takes 8h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Zürich is to fly which costs €90 - €340 and takes 4h 8m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Florence and arriving at Zurich Bus Station station. 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 Zürich HB via Milano Centrale and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 50m.

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It is 451 km from Florence to Zürich. It is approximately 579.9 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Florence to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 5h 50m and costs €70 - €220.

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It takes approximately 5h 50m to get from Florence to Zürich, including transfers.

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Florence to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from 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 5h 50m and costs €70 - €220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 8h 43m, you could also fly, which costs €90 - €340 and takes 4h 8m.

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  • Distance: 450.7 km
  • Duration: 5h 50m

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

You can take a train from Florence to Zürich via Milano Centrale and Lugano in around 5h 50m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Florence to Zürich via Milan in around 8h 43m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 460
Flights from Bologna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 290
Flights from Florence to Basel via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 370 - SFr 1800
Flights from Pisa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 410
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 700
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 360 - SFr 650
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Flights from Florence to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 600
Flights from Florence to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 700
Flights from Pisa to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 650
Flights from Florence to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 800
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 650
Edelweiss Air
Website
flyedelweiss.com
Flights from Pisa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 410
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
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 23 - SFr 35
Base Standard
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Base Premium
SFr 50 - SFr 80
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Base Standard
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Base Premium
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 19 - SFr 27
Base Standard
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Base Premium
SFr 45 - SFr 70
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 Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Smart Low Cost
SFr 20 - SFr 28
Smart Flex
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 35
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 14 - SFr 20
Smart Low Cost
SFr 11 - SFr 17
Smart Flex
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 55
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 20 - SFr 28
Smart Low Cost
SFr 17 - SFr 25
Smart Flex
SFr 35 - SFr 55
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 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 26
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 18 - SFr 26
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 6 - SFr 10
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 15 - SFr 22
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Tenero
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 65
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 23 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 70
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 55
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 25
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Tenero to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 44m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 13
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 11 - SFr 13
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Pisa Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 12
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 10 - SFr 12
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
1st Class
SFr 24 - SFr 29
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Florence to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Florence to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 12
Website
RegioJet
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Marino Autolinee
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl

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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 Bus Station.

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Florence 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 Florence to Zürich is 580 km. It takes approximately 5h 53m 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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The best way to get from Florence to Florence Airport is to tram which takes 18 min and costs €2.

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