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There are 10 ways to get from Paris to Switzerland by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Zurich Bus Station

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Train via Colmar

  1. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Colmar
  2. Take the train from Colmar to Basel Sbb
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Baden

Drive

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Zürich

Fly Paris CDG to Basel

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Basel (BSL)

Fly Paris CDG to Geneva

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Geneva (GVA)

Fly Paris CDG to Zurich

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Zurich (ZRH)

Train to Paris Orly, fly to Geneva

  1. Take the train from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame to Antony
  2. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Geneva (GVA)

Fly Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa, train

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa, train

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

Paris to Switzerland by train

The train journey time between Paris and Switzerland is around 4h 8m and covers a distance of around 611 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2 min. Operated by TGV inOui and Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Paris to Switzerland train service departs from Paris Gare De Lyon and arrives in Zürich Stadelhofen. Typically 41 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

41 Weekly Trains
4h 8m Average Duration
SFr 106 Cheapest Price
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France → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from France

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from France

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Regional advice

Regional advice

Considerations leaving from France

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from France.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Switzerland is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Switzerland is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Switzerland 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 France from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 9 May 2022
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Switzerland is to bus which costs €40 - €60 and takes 9h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Switzerland is to train and fly which costs €50 - €220 and takes 3h 52m.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Paris Gare De Lyon and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 8m.

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The distance between Paris and Switzerland is 495 km. The road distance is 659.5 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 4h 8m and costs €100 - €140.

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It takes approximately 4h 8m to get from Paris to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Paris to Switzerland train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Paris Gare De Lyon station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Switzerland is to train which takes 4h 8m and costs €100 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €40 - €60 and takes 9h 36m, you could also fly, which costs €60 - €220 and takes 3h 55m.

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The quickest flight from Paris CDG Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Paris to Switzerland train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 494.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 8m

What companies run services between Paris, France and Switzerland?

TGV inOui operates a train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb every 4 hours. Tickets cost SFr 95 - SFr 130 and the journey takes 4h 4m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Paris to Zurich Bus Station twice daily. Tickets cost SFr 35 - SFr 45 and the journey takes 9h 25m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 310
Flights from Paris CDG to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 320
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 420
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 390
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 320
Flights from Paris CDG to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 390
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 370
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 420
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 270
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 390
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 440
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 210
Train operators
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 Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 95 - SFr 120
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 130
Train from Paris-Nord to Colmar
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 80 - SFr 100
1st Class
SFr 90 - SFr 110
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Colmar to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 27
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Rail 1st Class
SFr 18 - SFr 27
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 Baden
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Paris RER

The Réseau Express Régional (RER) has 5 lines that connect central Paris to the city suburbs, including notable destinations such as Charles de Gaulle airport, Disneyland Paris and Versailles. The RER is also a great option for getting around the city centre as it operates like an express subway train (like the Paris metro, but with fewer stops). If you’re travelling solely within central Paris Zone 1, you can use a Paris Metro ticket. If you’re travelling beyond Zone 1, you’ll need to purchase a Billet Ile-de-France. Children under 4 travel free on the RER.

Contact Details
Phone
3424
Website
ratp.fr
Train from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame to Antony
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 2 - SFr 4
Website
RATP Paris
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
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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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Switzerland is 659 km. It takes approximately 6h 12m to drive from Paris to Switzerland.

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Lufthansa and Air France offer flights from Paris CDG Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 91+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at SFr 100 per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris CDG Airport is to train which takes 34 min and costs €5 - €8.

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