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There are 6 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly, train  •  5h 41m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Chur
  3. Take the train from Chur to Preda

$166 - $387

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Bus  •  12h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe 108 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Chur, Chur PostAutostation N77

$59 - $86

4 alternative options

Train  •  9h 2m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Chur 3 / ...
  4. Take the train from Chur to Preda 1-Y

$157 - $286

Train via Zürich HB  •  9h 29m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Zürich HB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Chur 3 / ...
  4. Take the train from Chur to Preda 1-Y

$177 - $286

Bus, train  •  13h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Zürich
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Chur 3 / ...
  3. Take the train from Chur to Preda 1-Y

$97 - $154

Drive  •  5h 19m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express 339.1 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express is to bus which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 12h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express is to drive which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 5h 19m.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Preda via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB and Chur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 2m.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Glacier Express is 394 km. The road distance is 542.6 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express without a car is to train which takes 9h 2m and costs 130€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 5h 41m to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express is to train which takes 9h 2m and costs 130€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 12h 19m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express train services, operated by Rhätische Bahn, arrive at Preda station.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express.
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  • Distance: 246.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 41m

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Glacier Express, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, Chur, and Preda in around 9h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express via Karlsruhe, Chur, Postautostation, Tiefencastel, Bahnhof, Tiefencastel, and Preda in around 12h 19m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Train operators
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Chur
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Chur
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Rhätische Bahn
Phone
+41 81 288 65 65
Website
rhb.ch
Train from Chur to Preda
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
rhb.ch
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rhb.ch
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Chur, Chur PostAutostation
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Zürich
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express is 543 km. It takes approximately 5h 19m to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Glacier Express.

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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