There are 7 ways to get from Milan to Zürich by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb Ec

$45 - $65

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Bus  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Zurich N177 / ...

$12 - $47

5 alternative options

Train via Zug(CH)  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zug(CH) Eurocity
  2. Take the train from Zug to Zürich Stadelhofen 5

$86 - $146

Rideshare  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Zurich 178.3 miles

$22

Drive  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Milan to Zürich 179.1 miles

$40 - $65

Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH

$94 - $297

Train to Lugano, fly  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
  2. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH

$113 - $277

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Zürich is to rideshare which costs 19€ and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Zürich is to fly which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 3 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Zürich. However, there are services departing from via orefici p.za cordusio and arriving at Zurich via Milan, Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Zuerich Hb. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 26 min.

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The distance between Milan and Zürich is 217 km. The road distance is 286.6 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 3 h 26 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

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The train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb takes 3 h 26 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Milan to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Zürich is to train which takes 3 h 26 min and costs 35€ - 55€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 9€ - 40€ and takes 4 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 3 h 6 min.

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  • Distance: 135.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 26 min

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Zürich, Switzerland?

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milan to Zürich every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 3 h 26 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Zürich hourly. Tickets cost $16 - $27 and the journey takes 3 h 45 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
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 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$27 - $29
First
$39
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
$20 - $35
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 Milan, Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
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 Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Milan to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Zürich is 287 km. It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to drive from Milan to Zürich.

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 504+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $92 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Milan and Zürich. 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 Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs 10€ - 14€.

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