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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Bucharest by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) ZRH - OTP

$92 - $261

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  19 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf Rj
  2. Take the bus from Vienna to Bucharest

$183 - $290

Bus Vito Reisen & Transporte AG  •  26 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Bucuresti

$120 - $160

Bus FlixBus  •  29 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari 1921

$108 - $177

Train  •  29 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  2. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Brasov Ic
  3. Take the train from Brasov to Bucuresti Nord Gara A R / ...

$204 - $321

Train, night train  •  28 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf Rj
  2. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D

$233 - $370

Drive  •  18 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bucharest 1132.1 miles

$230 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Bucharest is to bus which costs SFr 120 - SFr 160 and takes 26 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Bucharest is to fly which costs SFr 90 - SFr 270 and takes 5 h 22 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Bucuresti. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 26 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Bucharest. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Bucuresti Nord Gara A via Budapest-Keleti and Brasov. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 3 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Bucharest is 1394 km. The road distance is 1811.3 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bucharest without a car is to train and bus which takes 19 h 46 min and costs SFr 180 - SFr 290.

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It takes approximately 5 h 22 min to get from Zürich to Bucharest, including transfers.

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Zürich to Bucharest bus services, operated by Vito Reisen & Transporte AG, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Bucharest train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bucharest is to fly which takes 5 h 22 min and costs SFr 90 - SFr 270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 120 - SFr 160 and takes 26 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs SFr 200 - SFr 330 and takes 29 h 3 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bucharest.
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  • Distance: 871.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 22 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Bucharest, Romania?

Swiss, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Zürich to Bucharest hourly. Alternatively, Vito Reisen & Transporte AG operates a bus from Zürich to Bucharest once daily, and the journey takes 26 h 35 min. Eurolines CH also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Bucharest Otopeni via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bucharest Otopeni via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Bucharest Otopeni via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bucharest Otopeni via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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 Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Bus operators
Maxibus Travel
Phone
004 0756 117 331
Email
contact@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from Vienna to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
10 h 56 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
SC Latino Expres S.R.L.
Phone
0040263701919
Email
latinoexpres@yahoo.com
Website
latinoexpres.ro
Bus from Wien to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
21 h 26 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
latinoexpres.ro
Vito Reisen & Transporte AG
Phone
+41 52 624 40 00
Website
vito-reisen.ch
Bus from Zurich to Bucuresti
Ave. Duration
26 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
vito-reisen.ch
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
31 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Book at
eurolines.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari
Ave. Duration
28 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Zürich to Bucharest bus services, operated by Vito Reisen & Transporte AG, arrive at Bucuresti station.

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Bucharest is 1 h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 9:46 PM in Zürich and 10:46 PM in Bucharest.

Zürich to Bucharest train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), arrive at Bucuresti Nord Gara A station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Bucharest is 1811 km. It takes approximately 18 h 34 min to drive from Zürich to Bucharest.

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Swiss, Air Serbia, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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There are 1920+ hotels available in Bucharest. Prices start at $36 USD per night.

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

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