There are 8 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps by plane, train, bus or car

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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Fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$138 - $363

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Bus  •  13 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe N07 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Freiburg N07 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Freiburg to Basel EuroAirport, EuroAirport Basel 208
  4. Take the bus from Basel EuroAirport to Göschenen

$52 - $86

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$140 - $341

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Linate (LIN) FRA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
  3. Take the train from Bellinzona to Airolo

$145 - $396

Train via Basel SBB  •  9 h 11 min

  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 Erstfeld 26
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo 5-Y

$137 - $260

Train  •  9 h 38 min

  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 Airolo 5-Y

$159 - $267

Bus, train  •  16 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Lucerne
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Meiringen 470
  3. Take the bus from Meiringen, Bahnhof to Andermatt, Bahnhof 162

$84 - $129

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps 325.3 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Swiss Alps is 388 km. The road distance is 520.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 9 h 11 min and costs 110€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 45 min to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 9 h 11 min and costs 110€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 13 h 42 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps is 520 km. It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps.

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

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There are 158+ hotels available in Swiss Alps. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 242.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 45 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, Erstfeld, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 9 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Swiss Alps via Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Basel EuroAirport, EuroAirport Basel, Basel EuroAirport, Göschenen, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 13 h 42 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,400
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 Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bellinzona to Airolo
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Airolo
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Zentralbahn
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Train from Luzern to Meiringen
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Schedule at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
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
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
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
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Basel EuroAirport, EuroAirport Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Basel EuroAirport to Göschenen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $18
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 Lucerne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
Ouibus
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Meiringen, Bahnhof to Andermatt, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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