There are 7 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne 1 / ...

$119 - $240

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Bus RegioJet  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Lausanne, park.Velodrome RegioJet

$25 - $31

5 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Lausanne 122

$30 - $55

Drive  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne 326.5 miles

$65 - $100

Fly to Geneva, train  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Geneva (GVA) FRA - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne

$107 - $316

Fly to Basel, train  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern
  3. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne

$147 - $411

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne

$171 - $416

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne is to bus which costs 21€ - 27€ and takes 9 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne is to fly and train which costs 90€ - 270€ and takes 4 h 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Lausanne. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Lausanne via Basel SBB and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 37 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Lausanne is 428 km. The road distance is 522.4 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne without a car is to train which takes 5 h 37 min and costs 100€ - 210€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne is to train which takes 5 h 37 min and costs 100€ - 210€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 9 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 267.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne via Basel SBB and Bern in around 5 h 37 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 9 h 25 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
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 Bern
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
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 central station to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
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 Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
Ouibus
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Lausanne, park.Velodrome
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Schedules at
regiojet.sk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lausanne station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lausanne station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne is 522 km. It takes approximately 4 h 51 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne.

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

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Lausanne bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 395+ hotels available in Lausanne. Prices start at $92 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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