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There are 6 ways to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 53m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

75€ - 110€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Frankfurt central train station 476

21€ - 27€

4 alternative options

Train via Stuttgart  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel) Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Engen to Stuttgart Hbf Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

64€ - 232€

Drive  •  3h 34m

  1. Drive from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 409.8 km

40€ - 65€

Fly from Zurich  •  3h 30m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA

65€ - 402€

Train to Stuttgart, fly  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Frankfurt (FRA) STR - FRA

147€ - 450€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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The cost-effective way to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to bus, which costs SFr 24 - SFr 29 and takes 6h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to fly which costs SFr 70 - SFr 450 and takes 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Frankfurt central train station station. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 53m.

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The distance between Zürich HB and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 304 km. The road distance is 409.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 3h 53m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 120.

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The train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 3h 53m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich Bus Station.

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Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train which takes 3h 53m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 24 - SFr 29 and takes 6h 13m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 450 and takes 3h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).
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  • Distance: 303.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 53m

What companies run services between Zürich HB, Switzerland and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost 75€ - 110€ and the journey takes 3h 53m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Frankfurt central train station 5 times a week. Tickets cost 21€ - 27€ and the journey takes 6h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 650€
Flights from Stuttgart to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 410€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 650€
Train operators
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 Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Engen to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Engen to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Schedules at
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Engen to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Engen to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
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 Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
22€ - 30€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Railjet
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 Zurich Bus Station to Frankfurt central train station
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
21€ - 27€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt central train station.

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Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 410 km. It takes approximately 3h 34m to drive from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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The best way to get from Zürich HB to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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