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

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Bus to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  4h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Rome (FCO) MXP - FCO

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Bus  •  12h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station N524 / ...

42€ - 53€

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Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  5h 25m

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

78€ - 258€

Fly from Geneva  •  4h 47m

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

56€ - 201€

Fly from Zurich  •  4h 54m

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

67€ - 274€

Train to Milan Bergamo, fly  •  5h 35m

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

62€ - 243€

Fly from Basel  •  4h 53m

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

50€ - 269€

Train  •  8h 39m

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

103€ - 254€

Bus and ferry  •  11h 59m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome

53€ - 79€

Drive  •  8h 21m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Rome 852.3 km

110€ - 160€

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Considerations leaving from Switzerland

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Italy is currently allowed from Switzerland.

The COVID-19 helpline number in Rome is 1500.

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

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus hotline on 1500.

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The cheapest way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 60 and takes 12h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 220 and takes 4h 47m.

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No, there is no direct train from Switzerland to Rome. However, there are services departing from Zürich Stadelhofen and arriving at Roma Termini via Zuerich Hb and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 39m.

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The distance between Switzerland and Rome is 641 km. The road distance is 852.3 km.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Rome without a car is to train which takes 8h 39m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 280.

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It takes approximately 4h 26m to get from Switzerland to Rome, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to fly which takes 4h 47m and costs SFr 60 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 110 - SFr 280 and takes 8h 39m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 60 and takes 12h 41m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Switzerland to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Map of how to get from Switzerland to Rome.
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  • Distance: 641.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 26m

What companies run services between Switzerland and Rome, Italy?

Alitalia, easyJet and two other airlines fly from Geneva to Rome every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Rome via Zuerich Hb and Milano Centrale in around 8h 39m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome via Olbia
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Flights from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 380€
Flights from Geneva to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 430€
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 280€
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 300€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 410€
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 260€
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 320€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Basel to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 200€
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 85€
Tayaran Jet
Website
en.tayaranjet.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
19€ - 220€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
27€ - 50€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 120€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 120€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
40€ - 55€
Base Standard
70€ - 95€
Base Premium
85€ - 120€
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 Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 90€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
30€ - 50€
Smart Low Cost
30€ - 45€
Smart Flex
65€ - 90€
Bus operators
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
Giosy Tours
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
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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 Zurich to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Switzerland to Rome is 852 km. It takes approximately 8h 21m to drive from Switzerland to Rome.

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Tayaran Jet, Neos and Alitalia offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Rome Airport.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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