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Train via Lugano  •  7h 33m

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

SFr 96 - SFr 287

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Bus  •  12h 20m

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

SFr 45 - SFr 55

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Train  •  8h 13m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Monza to Zürich HB Ec

SFr 111 - SFr 272

Bus via Orte  •  13h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Tiburtina Station to Orte A1
  2. Take the bus from Orte A1 to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai Laureana - Singen Hohentwielstadion / ...

SFr 70 - SFr 98

Drive  •  8h 22m

  1. Drive from Rome to Zürich 853.9 km

SFr 110 - SFr 170

Fly to Zurich  •  4h 40m

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

SFr 79 - SFr 248

Fly to Basel, train  •  5h 53m

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

SFr 68 - SFr 233

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7h

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FCO - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T2 to Mendrisio
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb

SFr 81 - SFr 268

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7h 21m

  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 111 - SFr 343

Rome to Zürich by train

The train journey time between Rome and Zürich is around 8h 18m and covers a distance of around 818 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 35m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Rome to Zürich train service departs from Roma Termini and arrives in Zuerich Hb. Typically 68 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
8h 18m
Fastest train time:
6h 35m
Trains per week:
68
Cheapest price:
SFr 114
Carbon emissions:
43 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
09:20
Last train departs at:
20:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rome to Zürich train schedules

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

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from 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
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
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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:
France: Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom 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
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
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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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich is 1.5 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: 21 Jun 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 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 - €230 and takes 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome Tiburtina Bus station station and arriving at Zurich Bus Station station. 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 and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 33m.

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The distance between Rome and Zürich is 683 km. The road distance is 853.9 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Zürich without a car is to train via Lugano which takes 7h 33m and costs €85 - €260.

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It takes approximately 7h 33m to get from Rome to Zürich, including transfers.

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Rome to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from 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 train via Lugano which takes 7h 33m and costs €85 - €260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €40 - €50 and takes 12h 20m, you could also fly, which costs €70 - €230 and takes 4h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 683.2 km
  • Duration: 7h 33m

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

You can take a train from Rome to Zürich via Milano Centrale and Lugano in around 7h 33m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Zurich Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost SFr 45 - SFr 55 and the journey takes 12h 20m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 340
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 750
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 170
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 500
Flights from Rome to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 320
Flights from Rome to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 320
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 210
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 360
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 140
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Train operators
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 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
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 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
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Monza to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T2 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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)
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
1h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 21 - SFr 29
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 90
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 65 - SFr 90
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 26 - SFr 40
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 39
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
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
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
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).

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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
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
Twice 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
Twice 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 Bus Station.

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

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

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

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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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