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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Brussels by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry or car

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Fly from Zurich  •  3h 46m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Brussels (BRU) ZRH - BRU

81€ - 217€

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Bus  •  12h

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Saarbrücken bus station N11
  2. Take the bus from Saarbrücken bus station to Brussels-North train station 1929

36€ - 44€

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Train to Basel, fly  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU

100€ - 259€

Train via Paris  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Paris Gare De Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Thalys

172€ - 287€

Train  •  7h 56m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg Ter
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Tgv

174€ - 265€

Train, bus and ferry  •  14h 29m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel) Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Singen to Karlsruhe Hbf Re / ...
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to Brussels

73€ - 149€

Drive  •  6h 17m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Brussels 624.8 km

65€ - 100€

Zürich to Brussels by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Brussels is around 9h 1m and covers a distance of around 922 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 43m. Operated by TGV inOui, Transilien and Thalys, the Zürich to Brussels train service departs from Zuerich Hb and arrives in Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. Typically 19 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Brussels is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 50 and takes 12h.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Brussels is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 240 and takes 3h 46m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich station to Brussels station. However, there are services departing from Zurich Bus Station and arriving at Brussels-North train station via Saarbrücken bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Brussels. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 41m.

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The distance between Zürich and Brussels is 493 km. The road distance is 624.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Brussels without a car is to train via Paris which takes 6h 41m and costs SFr 190 - SFr 320.

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It takes approximately 3h 46m to get from Zürich to Brussels, including transfers.

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Zürich to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich Bus Station.

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Zürich to Brussels train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Brussels is to fly which takes 3h 46m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 240. Alternatively, you can train via Paris, which costs SFr 190 - SFr 320 and takes 6h 41m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 50 and takes 12h.

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  • Distance: 493.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 46m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium?

Swiss, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Zürich to Brussels 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Brussels via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord in around 6h 41m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 420€
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 260€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 420€
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 260€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
220€ - 460€
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 430€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 320€
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 Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
29€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
Train from Zuerich Hb to Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
95€ - 110€
1st Class
100€ - 130€
Train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
Standard
75€ - 110€
Comfort
90€ - 120€
Premium
110€ - 160€
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
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 Singen(Hohentwiel) to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Singen(Hohentwiel) to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Saarbrücken bus station
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
19€ - 23€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Saarbrücken bus station to Brussels-North train station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to Brussels
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Schedules at
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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Zürich to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels-North train station.

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Zürich to Brussels train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Brussels is 625 km. It takes approximately 6h 17m to drive from Zürich to Brussels.

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Brussels Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Brussels Airport.

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

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