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

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Bus  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Zurich X06 / ...

SFr 10 - SFr 35

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Train  •  4h 44m

  1. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Rideshare  •  4h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Zurich 316.5 km

SFr 20

Drive  •  3h 8m

  1. Drive from Munich to Zürich 316.1 km

SFr 40 - SFr 60

Fly Munich to Zurich  •  3h 4m

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Zurich (ZRH) MUC - ZRH

SFr 88 - SFr 400

Fly Munich to Basel, train  •  4h 10m

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

SFr 110 - SFr 325

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich  •  4h 1m

  1. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
  2. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Zurich (ZRH) NUE - ZRH

SFr 113 - SFr 309

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich  •  5h 6m

  1. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH

SFr 115 - SFr 304

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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to rideshare which costs 19€ and takes 4h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to fly which costs 80€ - 370€ and takes 3h 4m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Munich, Munich central bus station station and arriving at Zurich. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Muenchen Hbf and arriving at Zuerich Hb. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 44m.

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The distance between Munich and Zürich is 242 km. The road distance is 316.1 km.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich without a car is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs 9€ - 30€.

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The bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Zurich takes 3h 45m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, depart from Muenchen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs 9€ - 30€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 4h 44m, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 370€ and takes 3h 4m.

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  • Distance: 241.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Zurich 3 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 18 - SFr 22 and the journey takes 3h 45m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Deutsche Bahn Eurocity operates a train from Muenchen Hbf to Zuerich Hb 4 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 35 - SFr 55 and the journey takes 4h 44m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 650
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 420
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 330
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 290
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 650
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 420
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 330
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 190
Train operators
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
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 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 70
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 38
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 65
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 65
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 65
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from München ZOB Hackerbrucke to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Website
RegioJet
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Munchen, ZOB to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 35
Website
Eurolines FR
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 20
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 station.

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Zürich is 316 km. It takes approximately 3h 8m to drive from Munich to Zürich.

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

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Book your Munich to Zürich train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Munich to Zürich bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and two other operators.

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There are 538+ 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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The best way to get from Munich to Munich Airport is to line 8833 train which takes 35 min and costs 6€ - 10€.

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