There are 5 ways to get from Lausanne to Zürich by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich HB 5 / ...

$70 - $130

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Bus  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Zurich K388 / ...

$8 - $21

3 alternative options

Rideshare  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Lausanne to Zurich 141.1 miles

$11 - $20

Drive  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Zürich 140.3 miles

$29 - $45

Train, fly  •  3 h 15 min

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

$87 - $196

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lausanne and arriving at Zurich. Services depart six times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lausanne and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 15 min.

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The distance between Lausanne and Zürich is 174 km. The road distance is 224.4 km.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 2 h 15 min and costs .

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The train from Lausanne to Zürich HB takes 2 h 15 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Lausanne to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lausanne station.

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Lausanne to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Lausanne station.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Zürich is to train which takes 2 h 15 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Lausanne to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 108.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min

What companies run services between Lausanne, Switzerland and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Lausanne to Zürich hourly. Tickets cost $70 - $130 and the journey takes 2 h 15 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lausanne to Zürich twice daily. Tickets cost $12 - $21 and the journey takes 4 h 15 min. Ouibus also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Train operators
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 Lausanne to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
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 Lausanne to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $21
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 Lausanne to Zürich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Ouibus
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Lausanne to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lausanne to Zürich is 224 km. It takes approximately 2 h 20 min to drive from Lausanne to Zürich.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Lausanne to Zürich bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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

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