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There are 9 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland 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 Basel  •  1h 7m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL

$77 - $269

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Bus Ouibus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Zürich Ouibus

$29 - $42

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Fly to Zurich  •  1h 25m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH

$97 - $273

Fly to Geneva  •  1h 33m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Geneva (GVA) FRA - GVA

$77 - $251

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3h 30m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP

$101 - $288

Train via Basel SBB  •  4h 29m

  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 Zürich HB 36 / ...

$93 - $187

Train  •  4h 57m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Zürich HB Ice / ...

$115 - $186

Bus FlixBus  •  7h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg 310 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Zurich 107 / ...

$33 - $58

Drive  •  3h 38m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Zürich 252.2 miles

$50 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland is to bus which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 9h.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland is to fly which costs 65€ - 240€ and takes 1h 7m.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 29m.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Switzerland is 363 km. The road distance is 403.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 4h 29m and costs 80€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 1h 7m to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland 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 Switzerland is to fly which takes 1h 7m and costs 65€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 80€ - 170€ and takes 4h 29m, you could also bus, which costs 28€ - 55€ and takes 7h 21m.

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

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 226.6 miles
  • Duration: 1h 7m

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

Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Basel 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Zürich via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, and Zürich HB in around 4h 29m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,500
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,400
Train operators
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
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $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 Switzerland is 404 km. It takes approximately 3h 38m to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Switzerland.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 697+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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