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There are 7 ways to get from Florence to Zürich by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 49m

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

SFr 84 - SFr 229

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Night bus  •  8h 25m

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

SFr 30 - SFr 40

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Bus via Milan  •  8h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Florence to Milan N528
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station 519 / ...

SFr 58 - SFr 76

Bus  •  10h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Florence Villa Constanza Bus Station to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai Laureana - Singen Hohentwielstadion

Drive  •  5h 53m

  1. Drive from Florence to Zürich 579.9 km

SFr 75 - SFr 120

Fly from Florence  •  4h 5m

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

SFr 68 - SFr 177

Train to Bologna, fly  •  7h 20m

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

SFr 122 - SFr 222

Italy → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Italy
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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This applies to arrivals from India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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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 €60 - €170 and takes 4h 5m.

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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 Zuerich Hb via Milano Centrale and Chiasso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 49m.

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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 49m and costs €75 - €220.

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It takes approximately 5h 49m 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 49m and costs €75 - €220. Alternatively, you can bus via Milan, which costs €50 - €75 and takes 8h 55m, you could also fly, which costs €60 - €170 and takes 4h 5m.

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  • Distance: 450.7 km
  • Duration: 5h 49m

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

You can take a train from Florence to Zürich via Milano Centrale and Chiasso in around 5h 49m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Florence to Zürich via Milan in around 8h 55m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 190
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 360
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 210
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 400
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 300
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 280
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 340
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 290
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 260
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 340 - SFr 480
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 320
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
Hourly
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
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Base Standard
SFr 27 - SFr 40
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 Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Smart Low Cost
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Smart Flex
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Smart Low Cost
SFr 13 - SFr 19
Smart Flex
SFr 28 - SFr 40
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 Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
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 Chiasso
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 21 - SFr 28
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 85
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
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 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 15
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 13 - SFr 15
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 to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Florence to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 13
Website
RegioJet
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 40 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
L'Aurora Viaggi
Phone
+39 0963 313116
Email
info@viaggiaurora.it
Website
viaggiaurora.it
Bus from Florence Villa Constanza Bus Station to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
L'Aurora Viaggi

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

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There are 287+ 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 bus which takes 12 min and costs €1 - €7.

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