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There are 7 ways to get from Munich to Swiss Alps by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Erstfeld 46 / ...
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo 5-Y

$131 - $223

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Bus  •  9 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Bellinzona, Bellinzona, Arbedo-Castione 076
  2. Take the bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$52 - $82

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Train  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Chur, Postautostation
  2. Take the train from Chur to Disentis/Mustér 920 / ...

$120 - $191

Drive  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Swiss Alps 266.5 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Zurich, train, line 2 train, line 110 bus  •  7 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Zurich (ZRH) MUC - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the line 2 train from Arth-Goldau to Erstfeld
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo
  5. Take the line 110 bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe

$157 - $418

Fly to Basel, train  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Basel (BSL) MUC - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$146 - $383

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train, line 110 bus  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MUC - MXP
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo
  3. Take the line 110 bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe

$105 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Munich station to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Munich, Munich central bus station and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Castione, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 58 min.

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The distance between Munich and Swiss Alps is 287 km. The road distance is 426.3 km.

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The best way to get from Munich to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 8 h 41 min and costs 110€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 41 min to get from Munich to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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Munich to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Munich, Munich central bus station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 8 h 41 min and costs 110€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 9 h 58 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Munich to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 179.3 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 41 min

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

You can take a train from Munich to Swiss Alps via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai), Zürich HB, Erstfeld, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 8 h 41 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Munich to Swiss Alps via Castione, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione in around 9 h 58 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
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 München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Chur, Postautostation
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
bahn.de
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 Zürich HB to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Arth-Goldau to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Rhätische Bahn
Phone
+41 81 288 65 65
Website
rhb.ch
Train from Chur to Disentis/Mustér
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $35
Schedules at
rhb.ch
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rhb.ch
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 Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Munich, Munich central bus station to Bellinzona, Bellinzona, Arbedo-Castione
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Swiss Alps is 426 km. It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to drive from Munich to Swiss Alps.

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Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 139+ hotels available in Swiss Alps. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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