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There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to CERN by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 14m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...

$89 - $154

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Bus FlixBus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Geneva Airport K388

$20 - $33

3 alternative options

Bus Eurolines CH  •  6h

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Annemasse

$36 - $44

Drive  •  2h 51m

  1. Drive from Zürich to CERN 175.7 miles

$35 - $55

Fly  •  2h 37m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Geneva (GVA) ZRH - GVA

$65 - $155

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to CERN is to bus which costs SFr 20 - SFr 35 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to CERN is to fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 160 and takes 2h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to CERN. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Meyrin, CERN via Genève, Aéroport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 15m.

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The distance between Zürich and CERN is 228 km. The road distance is 281.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to CERN without a car is to train which takes 3h 14m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 160.

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It takes approximately 3h 14m to get from Zürich to CERN, including transfers.

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Zürich to CERN bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to CERN is to train which takes 3h 14m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 6h, you could also fly, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 160 and takes 2h 37m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 45m.

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Zürich to CERN bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Geneva Airport station.

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  • Distance: 142.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 14m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and CERN, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to CERN hourly. Tickets cost $85 - $150 and the journey takes 2h 46m. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to CERN 3 times a week. Tickets cost $28 - $35 and the journey takes 4h 45m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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 Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Annemasse
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $35
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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 Geneva Airport
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to CERN is 281 km. It takes approximately 2h 51m to drive from Zürich to CERN.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 394+ hotels available in CERN. Prices start at $77 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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