There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Athens by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, car or car ferry

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

Fly  •  5 h 46 min

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

$88 - $309

7 alternative options

Train, bus and ferry  •  25 h 12 min

  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 601

$218 - $334

Bus Korona Travel  •  32 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich - Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Brno 000259
  2. Take the bus from Brno to Athens Korona Travel

$168 - $222

Drive, car ferry  •  31 h 6 min

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

$232 - $458

Bus Durmo Tours  •  35 h 45 min

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

$165 - $219

Train, car ferry, bus  •  42 h 28 min

  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

$198 - $456

Train  •  42 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Beograd En
  2. Take the train from Beograd to Thessaloniki AVE
  3. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens 601

$188 - $317

Drive  •  23 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Athens 1475.6 miles

$350 - $550

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

Aegean Airlines, Swiss and nine other airlines fly from Zürich to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Athens via Brno in around 32 h 58 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia S.Lucia
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$19 - $25
First Class
$24 - $35
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Beograd
Ave. Duration
20 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
14 h 4 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Tour Bus
Website
tourbus.cz
Bus from Zürich - Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Brno
Ave. Duration
11 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
tourbus.cz
Korona Travel
Phone
210.92.33.33
Email
info@koronatravel.gr
Website
koronatravel.gr
Bus from Brno to Athens
Ave. Duration
20 h 9 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$106
Schedules at
koronatravel.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Zürich to Skopje
Ave. Duration
24 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Simeonidis Tours
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
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
ms.mk
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Athens Karaiskaki sq
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
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
21 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$81
Airplane economy seats
$95
2-berth outside
$190 - $230
3-berth outside shower
$170 - $210
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Venezia to Patras
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$99 - $101
Aircraft-type seats
$120 - $122
2 bed inside cabin
$317 - $319
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Athens is 1616 km. The road distance is 2361 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 310 and takes 5 h 46 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which takes 5 h 46 min and costs SFr 85 - SFr 310.

No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Athens. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Athens via Beograd and Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 24 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Athens. However, there are services departing from Zürich - Carparkplatz Sihlquai and arriving at Athens via Brno. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 58 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to get from Zürich to Athens, including transfers.