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There are 6 ways to get from Munich to Zürich by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Zob to Zurich Bus Station X06 / ...

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Train  •  5h

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Lindau, Reutin Bahnhof Re70 / ...
  2. Take the train from Lindau-Reutin to Zuerich Hb Ec

Rideshare  •  4h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Zurich 315.7 km

Drive  •  3h 3m

  1. Drive from Munich to Zürich 315.4 km

Train, fly to Zurich  •  3h 16m

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Zurich (ZRH) MUC - ZRH

Train, fly to Basel  •  4h 18m

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Basel (BSL) MUC - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to bus which costs €9 - €21 and takes 3h 50m.

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The fastest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to drive. Taking this option will cost €60 - €90 and takes 3h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zob and arriving at Zurich Bus Station station. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Munich to Zürich. However, there are services departing from München Hbf and arriving at Zuerich Hb via Lindau-Reutin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h.

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The distance between Munich and Zürich is 242 km. The road distance is 315.4 km.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich without a car is to bus which takes 3h 50m and costs €9 - €21.

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The bus from Zob to Zurich Bus Station takes 3h 50m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, depart from München Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich is to bus which takes 3h 50m and costs €9 - €21. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €65 - €110 and takes 5h.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 241.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 50m

What companies run services between Munich, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland?

FlixBus operates a bus from Zob to Zurich Bus Station hourly. Tickets cost SFr 16 - SFr 20 and the journey takes 3h 50m. RegioJet also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Munich to Zürich via Lindau-Reutin in around 5h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 230 - SFr 850
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 600
Flights from Munich to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 230 - SFr 850
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 600
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Lindau, Reutin Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
Train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 11
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
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 München Hbf to Lindau, Reutin Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Lindau-Reutin to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
1st Class
SFr 24 - SFr 29
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zob to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Munich Central Bus Station to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 13
Website
RegioJet
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by ÖBB EuroCity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Zürich is 315 km. It takes approximately 3h 3m to drive from Munich to Zürich.

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

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Book your Munich to Zürich bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 258+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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

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