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There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Athens by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, car or car ferry

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Fly from Zurich  •  5h 50m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Athens (ATH) ZRH - ATH

$96 - $309

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Train to Basel, fly  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Athens (ATH) BSL - ATH

$136 - $394

Train, bus and ferry  •  25h 9m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
  4. Take the train from Larissa to Athens

$204 - $348

Train, bus and ferry via Piazza Ugo Bassi  •  25h 42m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Ancona Fb / ...
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Kalabaka
  4. Take the train from Kalambaka to Athens

$206 - $328

Bus and ferry, bus  •  26h 47m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
  3. Take the bus from Ioannina to Athens

$198 - $277

Drive, car ferry  •  31h 6m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Venice
  2. Take the car ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa
  3. Drive from Igoumenitsa to Athens

$227 - $448

Bus  •  36h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Athens

$152 - $203

Train, car ferry, bus  •  42h 47m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia S.Lucia Ec
  2. Take the car ferry from Venezia to Patras
  3. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

$196 - $453

Drive  •  23h 19m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Athens 1475.6 miles

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which costs SFr 95 - SFr 310 and takes 5h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which costs SFr 95 - SFr 310 and takes 5h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Athens. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Athens via Autostazione, Bologna and Ioannina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 47m.

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The distance between Zürich and Athens is 1616 km. The road distance is 2360.9 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Athens without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 25h 9m and costs SFr 200 - SFr 350.

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It takes approximately 5h 50m to get from Zürich to Athens, including transfers.

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Zürich to Athens bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zurich station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which takes 5h 50m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 150 - SFr 210 and takes 36h 23m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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Zürich to Athens bus services, operated by KTEL Ioanninon, arrive at Athens station.

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  • Distance: 1009.8 miles
  • Duration: 5h 50m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Athens, Greece?

Swiss, Aegean Airlines and seven other airlines fly from Zürich to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Athens via Skopje and Thessaloniki in around 36h 23m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Basel to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Basel to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Athens via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Basel to Athens via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia S.Lucia
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Ancona
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $50
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
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2nd Class Ticket
$17 - $22
1st Class Ticket
$24 - $30
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$34 - $39
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$42 - $46
Train from Kalambaka to Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class Ticket
$19 - $24
1st Class Ticket
$27 - $35
InterCity 2nd Class Ticket
$37 - $43
InterCity 1st Class Ticket
$46 - $51
Bus operators
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
14h 4m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Kalabaka
Ave. Duration
10h 28m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
12h 13m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Zürich to Skopje
Ave. Duration
24h 23m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Schedules at
ms.mk
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Ferry operators
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa
Ave. Duration
21h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$79
Airplane economy seats
$93
2-berth outside
$180 - $220
3-berth outside shower
$160 - $200
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Venezia to Patras
Ave. Duration
31h 1m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97 - $99
Aircraft-type seats
$118 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$312 - $313
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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Athens is 1h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 2:13 PM in Zürich and 3:13 PM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Athens is 2361 km. It takes approximately 23h 19m to drive from Zürich to Athens.

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Aegean Airlines, Air Serbia, Alitalia and six other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 4218+ hotels available in Athens. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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