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

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Fly to Zurich  •  5 h 37 min

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

$98 - $234

6 alternative options

Fly to Basel, train  •  8 h 29 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  •  29 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Berlin
  2. Take the train from Berlin Südkreuz to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$244 - $427

Bus Ecolines  •  31 h 6 min

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

$147 - $175

Bus Autokar Polska  •  41 h 4 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

$99 - $137

Train, night train  •  43 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Riga to Minsk
  2. Take the night train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Innsbruck Hbf R
  3. Take the train from Innsbruck Hbf to Zürich HB Rj / ...

$158 - $254

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 $95 - $140 and takes 41 h 4 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 37 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 and Innsbruck Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 55 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 29 h 33 min and costs $240 - $430.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 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 37 min and costs $95 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $180 and takes 31 h 6 min.

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Map of how to get from Riga to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 935.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

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

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

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Riga to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Flights from Riga to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Riga to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Riga to Zurich via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Riga to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
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
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Berlin Südkreuz to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Latvian Railways (PV)
Belorussian Railways (BŽD)
Website
rw.by
Night train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Innsbruck Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 h 33 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
www.rw.by
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Innsbruck Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Bus operators
Ecolines
Phone
+371 67214512
Email
info@ecolines.lv
Website
ecolines.net
Bus from Rīga to Berlin
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Rīga to Praha
Ave. Duration
21 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Grodno to Bialystok
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
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
$85
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
Minsktrans
Phone
(+375 17) 219-86-01
Email
info@minsktrans.by
Website
minsktrans.by
Bus from Grodno to Bialystok
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
minsktrans.by
Book at
ticketbus.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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The quickest flight from Riga Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 35 min.

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

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Zürich is 1 h behind Riga. It is currently 7:45 PM in Riga and 6:45 PM in Zürich.

Riga to Zürich train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Riga to Zürich is 1877 km. It takes approximately 20 h 5 min to drive from Riga to Zürich.

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Finnair, Swiss, Air Baltic and two other airlines offer flights from Riga Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 512+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $87 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Riga to Riga Airport is to line 22 bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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