There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Zürich by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Zurich  •  4h 36m

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

SFr 79 - SFr 398

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Bus  •  12h 20m

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

SFr 45 - SFr 55

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Fly to Basel, train  •  5h 57m

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

SFr 71 - SFr 363

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7h 12m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FCO - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb

SFr 106 - SFr 343

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7h 50m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Linate (LIN) FCO - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
  3. Take the train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb

SFr 122 - SFr 330

Train  •  7h 50m

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

SFr 94 - SFr 279

Bus via Orte  •  13h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Roma Tiburtina to Orte reggio Calabria
  2. Take the bus from Orte A1 to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai Fabrizia - Singen / ...

SFr 59 - SFr 80

Drive  •  8h 29m

  1. Drive from Rome to Zürich 862.1 km

SFr 120 - SFr 180

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Zürich is to bus which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 12h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Zürich is to fly which costs 70€ - 370€ and takes 4h 36m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station station and arriving at Zurich. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Zuerich Hb via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 50m.

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The distance between Rome and Zürich is 683 km. The road distance is 862.1 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 7h 50m and costs 85€ - 260€.

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It takes approximately 4h 36m to get from Rome to Zürich, including transfers.

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Rome to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station.

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

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The best way to get from Rome to Zürich is to fly which takes 4h 36m and costs 70€ - 370€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 85€ - 260€ and takes 7h 50m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 12h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 683.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 36m

What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss, Alitalia and two other airlines fly from Rome to Zürich every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Zürich via Milano Centrale in around 7h 50m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 390
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 320
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate via Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 1100
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 1100
Flights from Rome to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Rome to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 550
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 260
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 1400
Flights from Rome to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 700
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 260
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 500
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Rome to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 470
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 680 - SFr 710
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 38
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 6
Website
Trenord
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 Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 130
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Train from Milano Centrale to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 150
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 150
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 Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 130
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Base Standard
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Base Premium
SFr 90 - SFr 130
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 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 95
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Smart Low Cost
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Smart Flex
SFr 70 - SFr 95
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, Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
12h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
L'Aurora Viaggi
Phone
+39 0963 313116
Email
info@viaggiaurora.it
Website
viaggiaurora.it
Bus from Orte A1 to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
L'Aurora Viaggi
Calanda Viaggi
Phone
0041 (0)81 284 62 32
Email
info@calandareisen.com
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Orte A1 to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 75
Website
Calanda Viaggi

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Rome to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Rome to Zürich train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Zürich is 862 km. It takes approximately 8h 29m to drive from Rome to Zürich.

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Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Rome Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Rome to Zürich train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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Book your Rome to Zürich bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 538+ hotels available in Zürich. 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 7€ - 35€.

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