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

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 from Zurich  •  5 h 47 min

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

$88 - $310

8 alternative options

Train to Basel, fly  •  7 h 1 min

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

$137 - $395

Bus and ferry, bus  •  25 h 17 min

  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

$200 - $289

Train, bus and ferry  •  25 h 32 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

$218 - $335

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  •  36 h 38 min

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

$156 - $208

Train, car ferry, bus  •  42 h 48 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

$204 - $466

Train, night train  •  44 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Stara Pazova En
  2. Take the night train from Beograd centar to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Athens

$163 - $302

Drive  •  23 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Athens 1475.6 miles

$350 - $550

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 300 and takes 5 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Athens is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 300 and takes 5 h 47 min.

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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 25 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Athens. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Athens via Stara Pazova, Beograd centar and Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44 h 19 min.

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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 bus and ferry and bus which takes 25 h 17 min and costs SFr 190 - SFr 280.

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It takes approximately 5 h 47 min 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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Map of how to get from Zürich to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1009.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 47 min

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

Swiss, Aegean Airlines and nine other airlines fly from Zürich to Athens hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Athens via Skopje and Thessaloniki in around 36 h 38 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
Flights from Basel to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Basel to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Athens via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Athens via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Basel to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Stara Pazova
Ave. Duration
20 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $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
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
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
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$19 - $26
First Class
$24 - $35
Train from Thessaloniki to Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$28 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Serbian Railways
Website
srbvoz.rs
Night train from Beograd centar to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
14 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $55
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$21 - $35
1st Class Ticket
$35 - $55
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
eurolines.ch
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
12 h 13 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Schedules at
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
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Zürich to Skopje
Ave. Duration
24 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $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
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once 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 to Athens Karaiskaki sq
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
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
$82
Airplane economy seats
$96
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
$100 - $330
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$100 - $101
Aircraft-type seats
$120 - $123
2 bed inside cabin
$318 - $321
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $330

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