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

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

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Train via Lugano

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini

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Train to Milan Malpensa, fly

  1. Take the train from Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T2
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Rome (FCO)

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Train

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station

Bus

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Zürich to Rome

Fly from Zurich

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

Fly from Geneva

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

Train to Milan Linate, fly

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

Fly from Basel

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

Switzerland to Rome by train

The train journey time between Switzerland and Rome is around 8h 15m and covers a distance of around 817 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 41m. The fastest train normally takes 6h 22m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), DB/SBB/TI Eurocity Milano, Deutsche Bahn Eurocity and others, the Switzerland to Rome train service departs from Zürich Stadelhofen and arrives in Roma Termini. Typically 94 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
6h 33m
Layover time:
1h 41m
Total time:
8h 15m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
6h 22m
Train distance:
817 km
Trains per week:
94
Cheapest price:
€103
Carbon emissions:
43 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:57
Last train departs at:
20:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Switzerland to Rome train schedules

Departing Sunday, October 24, 2021

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The cheapest way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to bus which costs SFr 50 - SFr 70 and takes 12h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to fly which costs SFr 75 - SFr 330 and takes 4h 51m.

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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 Zürich HB, Lugano and Milano Centrale Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 45m.

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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 via Lugano which takes 7h 45m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 7h 45m 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 Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Rome is to train via Lugano which takes 7h 45m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 50 - SFr 70 and takes 12h 40m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 330 and takes 4h 51m.

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

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Switzerland to Rome train services, operated by ItaloTreno, 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: 7h 45m

What companies run services between Switzerland and Rome, Italy?

You can take a train from Zürich to Rome via Zürich HB, Lugano, Milano Centrale, and Milano Centrale Station in around 7h 45m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station twice daily. Tickets cost €40 - €50 and the journey takes 11h 30m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €360
Flights from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €350
Flights from Geneva to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€80 - €350
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €200
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €340
Flights from Basel to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €410
Flights from Geneva to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €390
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €650
Flights from Geneva to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €330
Flights from Basel to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €360
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €120
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €110
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 Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€20 - €40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€70 - €140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T2
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
DB/SBB/TI Eurocity Milano
Website
delfi.de
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €90
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €50
Smart Low Cost
€30 - €45
Smart Flex
€60 - €90
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €90
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €50
Smart Low Cost
€30 - €45
Smart Flex
€60 - €90
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
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 Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €6
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Rome Airport.

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