There are 4 ways to get from Zürich to Ascona 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona 2 / ...

$59 - $106

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Bellinzona

$23 - $35

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Ascona 130.3 miles

$27 - $40

Fly, line 50 train, line 20 train, line 1 bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  2. Take the line 50 train from Lugano to Giubiasco
  3. Take the line 20 train from Giubiasco to Locarno
  4. Take the line 1 bus from Locarno, Piazza Stazione to Ascona, Posta

$98 - $288

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Ascona is to bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 35 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Ascona is to drive which takes 2 h 26 min and costs SFr 26 - SFr 40.

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The distance between Zürich and Ascona is 136 km. The road distance is 208 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 52 min to get from Zürich to Ascona, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Ascona. However, there are services departing from Zürich and arriving at Ascona, Posta via Bellinzona, Piazza Orico and Locarno, Via della Pace. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 1 min.

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What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Ascona, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Ascona hourly. Tickets cost $50 - $95 and the journey takes 1 h 46 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Zürich to Ascona 3 times a week. Tickets cost $15 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Autolinee Gambioli also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 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 Zürich HB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $28
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Locarno
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Zürich to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Zürich to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $21
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Locarno, Piazza Stazione to Ascona, Posta
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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