There are 10 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland by plane, ferry, train, bus, rideshare 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  •  2 h 15 min

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

$84 - $291

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Zürich Ouibus

$18 - $25

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Fly to Zurich  •  2 h 37 min

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

$107 - $296

Fly to Geneva  •  3 h 46 min

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

$84 - $271

Fly to Friedrichshafen, ferry, train  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) FRA - FDH
  2. Take the ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
  3. Take the train from Romanshorn to St. Gallen

$109 - $359

Train  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Zürich HB Ice

$108 - $173

Train via Basel SBB  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$85 - $178

Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Zurich 107 / ...

$33 - $56

Rideshare  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Zurich 261.1 miles

$22 - $35

Drive  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Zürich 257.3 miles

$50 - $80

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Switzerland is 370 km. The road distance is 411.7 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 4 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 15 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland 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 Switzerland is to fly which takes 2 h 15 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 4 h 6 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 6 h 46 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland is 412 km. It takes approximately 3 h 46 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 231.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min

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

Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt am Main to Basel 5 times a day. Alternatively, Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Zürich every 4 hours. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 2 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 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 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 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Thurbo
Phone
+41 71 554 00 00
Website
thurbo.ch
Train from Romanshorn to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
thurbo.ch
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 Romanshorn to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.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(Main)Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
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
$50 - $75
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 central station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $45
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
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators
BSB Ferries
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 3640-0
Email
info@bsb.de
Website
bsb.de
Ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
bsb.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There are 647+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Frankfurt am Main and Switzerland. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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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 .

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