There are 9 ways to get from Rome to Switzerland by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FCO - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$73 - $285

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Rome to Zurich 519

$54 - $90

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Fly to Basel  •  4 h 34 min

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

$70 - $332

Fly to Zurich  •  4 h 41 min

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

$68 - $327

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5 h 22 min

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

$79 - $242

Train  •  7 h 29 min

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

$83 - $159

Train via Zug(CH)  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Zug(CH)
  3. Take the train from Zug to Zürich Stadelhofen 5

$119 - $224

Bus and ferry  •  11 h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome to Zurich

$74 - $93

Drive  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Zürich 538.7 miles

$130 - $190

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome to Switzerland is to bus and ferry which costs 60€ - 80€ and takes 11 h.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Switzerland is to fly which costs 60€ - 290€ and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The distance between Rome and Switzerland is 641 km. The road distance is 862 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Rome to Switzerland, including transfers.

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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 and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 29 min.

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What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Switzerland?

easyJet, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Rome to Basel every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Zürich via Milano Centrale, Zuerich Hb, and Zürich HB in around 7 h 29 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Rome to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa via Olbia
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate via Olbia
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Blue Panorama Airlines
Website
blue-panorama.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Rome to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,300
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $550
Train operators
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $29
First
$39
Train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Zug(CH)
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
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 Zug to Zürich Stadelhofen
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
10 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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