There are 7 ways to get from Riga to Zürich by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Zurich  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Zurich (ZRH) RIX - ZRH

$98 - $235

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Fly to Basel, train  •  8 h 56 min

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

$143 - $322

Bus, train  •  28 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Białystok
  2. Take the train from Bialystok to Warszawa Wschodnia Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Warszawa Wschodnia to Karlsruhe Hbf En
  4. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  5. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 3 / ...

$250 - $365

Bus Ecolines  •  31 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Praha 848001
  2. Take the bus from Prague to Zurich

$150 - $178

Bus Autokar Polska  •  41 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Riga to Grodno Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Grodno to Bialystok
  3. Take the bus from Bialystok to Zurich

$108 - $138

Train  •  41 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Riga to Minsk
  2. Take the train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Karlsruhe Hbf En
  3. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 3 / ...

$281 - $385

Drive  •  20 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Riga to Zürich 1173 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Zürich is to bus which costs $100 - $140 and takes 41 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Riga to Zürich is to fly which costs $95 - $240 and takes 5 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riga to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Rīga and arriving at Zurich via Prague. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Riga to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Riga and arriving at Zürich HB via Minsk-Passajirskii, Karlsruhe Hbf and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 21 min.

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The distance between Riga and Zürich is 1497 km. The road distance is 1876.8 km.

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The best way to get from Riga to Zürich without a car is to bus and train which takes 28 h 35 min and costs $250 - $370.

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It takes approximately 5 h 31 min to get from Riga to Zürich, including transfers.

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Riga to Zürich bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Rīga station.

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Riga to Zürich train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), depart from Riga station.

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The best way to get from Riga to Zürich is to fly which takes 5 h 31 min and costs $95 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $180 and takes 31 h 6 min, you could also train, which costs $280 - $390 and takes 41 h 21 min.

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The quickest flight from Riga Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Riga to Zürich bus services, operated by Nobless Line, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Riga to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 935.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 31 min

What companies run services between Riga, Latvia and Zürich, Switzerland?

Air Baltic, Scandinavian Airlines and six other airlines fly from Riga to Zürich hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Riga to Zürich via Praha and Prague in around 31 h 6 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Riga to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $410
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Riga to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Riga to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Riga to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Train operators
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Polish Railways (PKP)

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability, and large families being entitled to discounts. Polish Railways offer a pre-booking service for travellers living outside of Poland - tickets and reservations can be booked in advance for trips inside Poland (up to 30 days in advance for domestic trains), and to/from other countries in the region (up to 60 days in advance).

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Bialystok to Warszawa Wschodnia
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$10 - $15
Russian Railways
Website
rzd.ru
Train from Warszawa Wschodnia to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
14 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
pass.rzd.ru
Train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$200 - $250
Website
pass.rzd.ru
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Latvian Railways (PV)
Bus operators
Ecolines
Phone
+371 67214512
Email
info@ecolines.lv
Website
ecolines.net
Bus from Rīga to Białystok
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Rīga to Praha
Ave. Duration
21 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Nobless Line
Website
noblessline.cz
Bus from Prague to Zurich
Ave. Duration
8 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$87
Schedules at
noblessline.cz
Intaks
Website
intaks.by
Bus from Riga to Grodno Bus Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
intaks.by
Bus Grodno
Website
avgrodno.by
Bus from Grodno to Bialystok
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
avgrodno.by
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Bialystok to Zurich
Ave. Duration
27 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl

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