There are 5 ways to get from Italy to Switzerland by train, bus and ferry, 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station RM-MI / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb Ec

$98 - $174

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Rome to Zurich 519

$54 - $90

3 alternative options

Train via Zug(CH)  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zug(CH)
  3. Take the train from Zug to Zürich Stadelhofen 5

$126 - $242

Bus and ferry  •  12 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome to Zurich

$75 - $97

Drive  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Zürich 539.6 miles

$130 - $190

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Italy to Switzerland is to bus which costs 45€ - 80€ and takes 14 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Italy to Switzerland is to train which takes 7 h 29 min and costs 80€ - 150€.

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The distance between Italy and Switzerland is 580 km. The road distance is 863 km.

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It takes approximately 7 h 29 min to get from Italy to Switzerland, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Italy to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini Station and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Milano Centrale and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 29 min.

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What companies run services between Italy and Switzerland?

You can take a train from Rome to Zürich via Milano Centrale Station, Milano Centrale, Zuerich Hb, and Zürich HB in around 7 h 29 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rome to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $85 and the journey takes 12 h 35 min.

Train operators
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Zug(CH)
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $110
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 Zug to Zürich Stadelhofen
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
10 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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