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

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Train  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)

$80 - $140

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Bus  •  3 h 45 min

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

$10 - $29

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Bus via Friedrichshafen  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Friedrichshafen 006 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Friedrichshafen to Zurich 006 / ...

$20 - $34

Rideshare  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Zurich 197.8 miles

$21

Drive  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Zürich 197.5 miles

$40 - $60

Subway to Munich, fly to Zurich  •  3 h 11 min

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

$111 - $335

Fly Munich to Basel, train  •  4 h 24 min

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

$108 - $320

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich  •  5 h 40 min

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

$122 - $336

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) and arriving at Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai). Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 42 min.

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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 train which takes 3 h 42 min and costs .

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The train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai) takes 3 h 42 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Zürich is to train which takes 3 h 42 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 45 min.

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The quickest flight from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Munich to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 151.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 42 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Munich to Zürich every 3 hours. Tickets cost $80 - $140 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Zürich every 3 hours. Tickets cost $17 - $29 and the journey takes 3 h 45 min. Two other operators also service this route.

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 Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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 Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
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 Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
MVV
Phone
+49 89 41 42 43 44
Website
mvv-muenchen.de
Subway from München Marienplatz to München Nordfriedhof
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
mvv-muenchen.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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Friedrichshafen to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from München ZOB to Zürich, Sihlquai/HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Munich, ZOB to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
regiojet.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
4 h 1 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Munich to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Zürich is 316 km. It takes approximately 3 h 9 min to drive from Munich to Zürich.

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FlexFlight ApS, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Munich to Zürich train tickets online with Loco2.

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

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 USD 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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