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There are 8 ways to get from Montpellier to Zürich by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Basel  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Tgv
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB Ir36 / ...

SFr 229 - SFr 434

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Bus  •  11h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to Grenoble N740 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Grenoble to Zurich Bus Station N1157 / ...

SFr 38 - SFr 52

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Train  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville Tgv
  2. Take the train from Mulhouse to Zürich HB Tgv

SFr 149 - SFr 202

Train via Geneva  •  8h 26m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Geneve Ter
  3. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...

SFr 206 - SFr 357

Drive  •  6h 57m

  1. Drive from Montpellier to Zürich 725.4 km

SFr 85 - SFr 130

Drive to Marseille, fly to Zurich  •  3h 46m

  1. Drive from Montpellier to Marseille
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Zurich (ZRH) MRS - ZRH

SFr 104 - SFr 256

Fly Montpellier to Zurich  •  6h 45m

  1. Fly from Montpellier (MPL) to Zurich (ZRH) MPL - ZRH

SFr 133 - SFr 252

Fly Montpellier to Basel, train  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Montpellier (MPL) to Basel (BSL) MPL - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

SFr 62 - SFr 247

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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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Austria: Oberösterreich, Salzburg
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Apulia

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  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Switzerland.

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The cheapest way to get from Montpellier to Zürich is to bus which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 11h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Montpellier to Zürich is to drive and fly which costs 90€ - 240€ and takes 3h 46m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Montpellier to Zürich station. However, there are services departing from Montpellier and arriving at Zurich Bus Station via Grenoble. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Montpellier to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Montpellier Saint-Roch and arriving at Zürich HB via Mulhouse Ville and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 9m.

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The distance between Montpellier and Zürich is 554 km. The road distance is 725.4 km.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Zürich without a car is to train via Basel which takes 7h 9m and costs 200€ - 400€.

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It takes approximately 7h 9m to get from Montpellier to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Montpellier to Zürich train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Montpellier Saint-Roch station.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Zürich is to train via Basel which takes 7h 9m and costs 200€ - 400€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 11h 40m, you could also fly, which costs 120€ - 230€ and takes 6h 45m.

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  • Distance: 554 km
  • Duration: 7h 9m

What companies run services between Montpellier, France and Zürich, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Montpellier to Zürich via Mulhouse Ville and Basel SBB in around 7h 9m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Montpellier to Zürich via Grenoble in around 11h 40m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Marseille to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 340
Flights from Montpellier to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 320
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Montpellier to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Marseille to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 280
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Montpellier to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 250
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Montpellier to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 200
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 370
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mulhouse to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Genève
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 39
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 110 - SFr 140
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 160
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 40
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 60
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Renfe SNCF
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Geneve
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Rail 1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Montpellier to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Grenoble to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 31
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 Montpellier to Grenoble - Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
Website
Blablabus

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The quickest flight from Marseille Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Montpellier to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich Bus Station.

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Montpellier 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 Montpellier to Zürich is 725 km. It takes approximately 6h 57m to drive from Montpellier to Zürich.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Montpellier Airport is to line 620 bus which takes 25 min and costs 2€.

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