There are 5 ways to get from Varese to Zürich by train, car or plane

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Train via Lugano  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb Ec / ...

SFr 73 - SFr 132

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Train  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the train from Varese to Como S.Giovanni S40
  2. Take the train from Como S. Giovanni to Zürich HB 10-Y / ...

SFr 69 - SFr 124

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Drive  •  2h 49m

  1. Drive from Varese to Zürich 246 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the train from Varese to Malpensa Aeroporto T1
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH

SFr 100 - SFr 314

Line 50 train, line 10 train to Lugano, fly  •  3h 49m

  1. Take the line 50 train from Varese to Mendrisio
  2. Take the line 10 train from Mendrisio to Lugano
  3. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH

SFr 99 - SFr 280

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

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

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No, there is no direct train from Varese to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Varese and arriving at Zuerich Hb via Mendrisio and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 26m.

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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 via Lugano which takes 3h 26m and costs 65€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 3h 26m to get from Varese to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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

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

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  • Distance: 173.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 26m

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 SFr 55 - SFr 100 and the journey takes 2h 16m. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 2 hours.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 700
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Como S. Giovanni to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Varese to Malpensa Aeroporto T1
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Varese to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 23
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mendrisio to Lugano
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 9
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 Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 85
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Train from Como S.Giovanni to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 130
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Trenord
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Varese to Como S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 3 - SFr 5
Website
Trenord
Train from Varese to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 4 - SFr 6
Website
Trenord

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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