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There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  7h 51m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic

$65 - $88

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Bus  •  9h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Genoa, Piazza Vittoria RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Genova to La Spezia

$22 - $30

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Train via La Spezia Centrale  •  8h 2m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to La Spezia Centrale Icn / ...

$66 - $90

Bus, train  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Genoa, Genoa N177
  2. Take the train from Genova Piazza Principe Sotterranea to Corniglia (Ge) La Spezia - Pisa

$30 - $54

Drive  •  6h 2m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Cinque Terre 338.2 miles

$80 - $120

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7h 42m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso

$114 - $337

Fly to Florence, train  •  7h 10m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze Smn to Pisa C.Le
  3. Take the train from Pisa Centrale to La Spezia Centrale

$99 - $402

Fly to Lugano, train  •  8h 50m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso

$135 - $329

Fly to Nice, train  •  10h 15m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nice (NCE) ZRH - NCE
  2. Take the train from St-Laurent-du-Var to Ventimiglia
  3. Take the train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale

$113 - $312

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to bus which costs SFr 21 - SFr 30 and takes 9h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 80 - SFr 120 and takes 6h 2m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Corniglia via Milano Centrale and Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 51m.

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The distance between Zürich and Cinque Terre is 372 km. The road distance is 541.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre without a car is to train which takes 7h 51m and costs SFr 65 - SFr 90.

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It takes approximately 7h 51m to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Zürich to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to train which takes 7h 51m and costs SFr 65 - SFr 90. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 21 - SFr 30 and takes 9h 1m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Zürich to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Monterosso station.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 232.4 miles
  • Duration: 7h 51m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Cinque Terre, Italy?

You can take a train from Zürich to Cinque Terre via Milano Centrale and Monterosso in around 7h 51m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Cinque Terre via Genoa, Piazza Vittoria, Genova, La Spezia, and La Spezia Centrale in around 9h 1m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
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
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Monterosso
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia

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 Genova Piazza Principe Sotterranea to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
Train from Firenze Smn to Pisa C.Le
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
Train from Pisa Centrale to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $13
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from St-Laurent-du-Var to Ventimiglia
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
en.oui.sncf
Bus operators
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 Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Genoa, Piazza Vittoria
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
regiojet.com
Lirosi Linee
Phone
0966 57552
Email
info@lirosilinee.com
Website
lirosilinee.com
Bus from Genova to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
lirosilinee.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Cinque Terre is 541 km. It takes approximately 6h 2m to drive from Zürich to Cinque Terre.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 2927+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at $63 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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