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Train  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 35 - SFr 50

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Bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Munich central bus station to Zurich Bus Station 006 / ...

SFr 9 - SFr 21

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Rideshare  •  4h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Zurich 315.7 km

SFr 20

Drive  •  3h 3m

  1. Drive from Munich to Zürich 315.4 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Fly Munich to Zurich  •  3h 9m

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

SFr 78 - SFr 240

Fly Munich to Basel, train  •  4h 13m

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

SFr 126 - SFr 245

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich  •  4h 5m

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

SFr 110 - SFr 349

Munich to Zürich by train

The train journey time between Munich and Zürich is around 4h 3m and covers a distance of around 331 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 2m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Munich to Zürich train service departs from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 and arrives in Zuerich Hb. Typically 42 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 3m
Fastest train time:
4h 2m
Train distance:
331 km
Trains per week:
42
Cheapest price:
SFr 35
Carbon emissions:
17 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:55
Last train departs at:
18:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Munich to Zürich train schedules

Germany → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Germany

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Germany

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Germany
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Germany

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Germany.

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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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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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 1.5 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 Germany from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to bus which costs €9 - €20 and takes 4h 50m.

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The fastest way to get from Munich to Zürich is to drive. Taking this option will cost €35 - €55 and takes 3h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Munich central bus station station and arriving at Zurich Bus Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 and arriving at Zuerich Hb. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 2m.

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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 train which takes 4h 2m and costs €30 - €50.

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The train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 to Zuerich Hb takes 4h 2m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, depart from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich is to train which takes 4h 2m and costs €30 - €50. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €9 - €20 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs €70 - €230 and takes 3h 9m.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 241.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 2m

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

Deutsche Bahn Eurocity operates a train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 to Zuerich Hb every 4 hours. Tickets cost SFr 35 - SFr 50 and the journey takes 4h 2m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich central bus station to Zurich Bus Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost SFr 17 - SFr 21 and the journey takes 4h 50m. RegioJet also services this route twice a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 300
Flights from Munich to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 300
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 280
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 470
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 300
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 280
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - 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 13m
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 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
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 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 38
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
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 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 14
Website
Flixtrain
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 Munich central bus station to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Munich, ZOB to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
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 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 Bus 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 315 km. It takes approximately 3h 3m 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 bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 287+ 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 6805 train which takes 36 min and costs €6 - €10.

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