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There are 9 ways to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  8h 54m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld 26
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo 5-Y

$125 - $220

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Bus  •  12h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Zurich 107 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Bellinzona, Castione-Arbedo
  3. Take the bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$60 - $96

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Train via Stuttgart Hbf  •  10h 10m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB Ic
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Airolo 5-Y

$115 - $221

Bus, train  •  15h 53m

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

$76 - $115

Drive  •  4h 22m

  1. Drive from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps 278.2 miles

$55 - $85

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$118 - $350

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$175 - $405

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$174 - $440

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Malpensa, train, line 110 bus  •  10h 20m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo
  4. Take the line 110 bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe

$168 - $407

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The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Heidelberg and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Zurich, Castione, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 58m.

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The distance between Heidelberg and Swiss Alps is 317 km. The road distance is 445.1 km.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 8h 54m and costs 100€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 8h 54m to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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Heidelberg to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Heidelberg station.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 8h 54m and costs 100€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 85€ and takes 12h 58m.

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The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 35m.

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Heidelberg to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Airolo, Stazione station.

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Map of how to get from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 198.1 miles
  • Duration: 8h 54m

What companies run services between Heidelberg, Germany and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, Erstfeld, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 8h 54m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps via Zurich, Bellinzona, Castione-Arbedo, Castione, Stazione, and Airolo, Stazione in around 12h 58m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $25
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
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
Train from Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $24
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 Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Airolo
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station to Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Zentralbahn
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Train from Luzern to Meiringen
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $27
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Schedule 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 Heidelberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Bellinzona, Castione-Arbedo
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Meiringen, Bahnhof to Andermatt, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Mannheim to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Ouibus

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Yes, the driving distance between Heidelberg to Swiss Alps is 445 km. It takes approximately 4h 22m to drive from Heidelberg to Swiss Alps.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 149+ hotels available in Swiss Alps. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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