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

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  4h 50m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FCO - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 70 - SFr 313

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Bus  •  12h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Zurich Bus Station 519

SFr 53 - SFr 69

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Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5h 10m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Linate (LIN) FCO - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 93 - SFr 216

Fly to Geneva  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Geneva (GVA) FCO - GVA

SFr 80 - SFr 263

Fly to Zurich  •  4h 37m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Zurich (ZRH) FCO - ZRH

SFr 86 - SFr 235

Fly to Basel  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Basel (BSL) FCO - BSL

SFr 63 - SFr 240

Fly to Turin, train  •  6h 33m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Turin (TRN) FCO - TRN
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 87 - SFr 333

Train  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 108 - SFr 263

Train via Cadenazzo  •  9h 39m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Cadenazzo Re
  3. Take the train from Cadenazzo to Zürich HB

Drive  •  8h 22m

  1. Drive from Rome to Zürich 853.9 km

SFr 110 - SFr 170

Italy → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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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 Italy

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Campania, Apulia in Italy
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Austria: Oberösterreich, Salzburg
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Apulia

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and Uruguay
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Italy

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Italy.

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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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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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 mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Switzerland is 2 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 Italy from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 12 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Switzerland is to bus which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 12h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Switzerland is to fly which costs 55€ - 220€ and takes 4h 28m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Milano Centrale, Chiasso and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 38m.

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The distance between Rome and Switzerland is 641 km. The road distance is 853.9 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 7h 38m and costs 95€ - 240€.

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It takes approximately 4h 50m to get from Rome to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Rome to Switzerland train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Roma Termini station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Switzerland is to fly which takes 4h 30m and costs 70€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 95€ - 240€ and takes 7h 38m, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 12h 31m.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Rome to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 641.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 50m

What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Switzerland?

Alitalia, easyJet and two other airlines fly from Rome to Geneva 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Zürich via Milano Centrale, Chiasso, and Zürich HB in around 7h 38m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 550
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 160
Flights from Rome to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 340
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 240
Flights from Rome to Turin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 470
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 260
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 550
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 550
Flights from Rome to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 460
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 320
Flights from Rome to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 200
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 160
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 250
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
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)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Cadenazzo
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 140
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Base Standard
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Base Premium
SFr 95 - SFr 140
Trenitalia

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 Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 19 - SFr 22
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 11 - SFr 16
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 Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 90
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 65 - SFr 90
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 100
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Smart Low Cost
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Smart Flex
SFr 70 - SFr 100
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Cadenazzo to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
12h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 55
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Switzerland is 854 km. It takes approximately 8h 22m to drive from Rome to Switzerland.

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Ethiopian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Neos and Alitalia offer flights from Rome Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 142+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 14€.

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