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There are 6 ways to get from Varese to Zürich by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Chiasso to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...

$69 - $128

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Varese - Stazione FNM to Como - Stazione FNM C77
  2. Take the bus from Como to Zurich 207 / ...

$13 - $30

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Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiasso Dogana to Zürich

$22 - $35

Drive  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Varese to Zürich 153.7 miles

$35 - $55

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Varese to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH

$86 - $292

Train, line 50 train to Lugano, fly  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Varese to Stabio
  2. Take the line 50 train from Stabio to Lugano
  3. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH

$103 - $277

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The cheapest way to get from Varese to Zürich is to bus which costs 11€ - 26€ and takes 5 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Varese to Zürich is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Varese to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Varese - Stazione FNM and arriving at Zurich via Como Stazione Lago and Como. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Varese to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Varese and arriving at Zürich HB via Chiasso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

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The distance between Varese and Zürich is 173 km. The road distance is 246 km.

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The best way to get from Varese to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs 60€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Varese to Zürich, including transfers.

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Varese to Zürich bus services, operated by FNM Autoservizi, depart from Varese - Stazione FNM station.

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Varese to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Chiasso station.

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The best way to get from Varese to Zürich is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs 60€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 19€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 34 min.

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  • Distance: 108.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Varese to Zürich hourly. Tickets cost $65 - $120 and the journey takes 3 h 16 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Gambioli operates a bus from Varese to Zürich once a week. Tickets cost $18 - $27 and the journey takes 4 h.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Chiasso to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Stabio to Lugano
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenord
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Varese to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
Trenord
Train from Varese to Stabio
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Trenord
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Chiasso Dogana to Zürich
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
FNM Autoservizi
Phone
02/961921
Email
info.fnma@ferrovienord.it
Website
fnmautoservizi.it
Bus from Varese - Stazione FNM to Como - Stazione FNM
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
fnmautoservizi.it
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Como to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Como, FS Stazione San Giovanni to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
regiojet.com

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Varese to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Varese to Zürich is 246 km. It takes approximately 2 h 49 min to drive from Varese to Zürich.

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 522+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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