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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) by train, plane, ferry, bus or car

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Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt  •  3h 8m

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

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Bus via Darmstadt central train station  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Darmstadt central train station N33

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Fly Zurich to Frankfurt  •  3h 13m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA

Train, ferry to Friedrichshafen, fly to Frankfurt  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Romanshorn
  2. Take the ferry from Romanshorn Autoquai to Friedrichshafen Autoquai
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Frankfurt (FRA) FDH - FRA

Train, train to Stuttgart, fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
  2. Take the train from Singen to Böblingen
  3. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Frankfurt (FRA) STR - FRA

Fly Zurich to Stuttgart, train  •  4h 8m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Stuttgart (STR) ZRH - STR
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt

Train  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

Train via Basel  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof 20 / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt 22 / ...

Bus  •  6h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Frankfurt 007 / ...

Drive  •  3h 32m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 403.8 km

Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is around 4h 10m and covers a distance of around 430 km. This includes an average layover time of around 5 min. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Regional, vlexx and others, the Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) train service departs from Zuerich Hb and arrives in Frankfurt. Typically 33 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

33 Weekly Trains
4h 10m Average Duration
€77 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to bus via Darmstadt central train station which costs SFr 20 - SFr 25 and takes 7h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to train and fly which costs SFr 110 - SFr 410 and takes 3h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Frankfurt. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Frankfurt via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 10m.

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The distance between Zürich and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is 299 km. The road distance is 403.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) without a car is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs SFr 70 - SFr 120.

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It takes approximately 3h 8m to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA), including transfers.

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Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich Bus Station.

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Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to fly which takes 3h 13m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 390. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 120 and takes 4h 10m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 21 - SFr 26 and takes 6h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
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  • Distance: 298.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 8m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany?

Lufthansa and Swiss fly from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) every 3 hours. Alternatively, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf 5 times a day. Tickets cost €75 - €110 and the journey takes 3h 53m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €950
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €950
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €260
Flights from Stuttgart to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €950
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €550
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
Train from Singen to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €29
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 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Romanshorn
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€27 - €50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€80 - €150
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
sncf-connect.com
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
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
Thurbo
Phone
+41 71 554 00 00
Website
thurbo.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Romanshorn
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
Thurbo
Schedules at
SBB
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 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Singen to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
DB ZugBus RAB GmbH
Website
zugbus-rab.de
Train from Singen to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
DB ZugBus RAB
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€7 - €9
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€3 - €4
Website
mavcsoport.hu
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 Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €140
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€55 - €80
1st Class
€100 - €140
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Darmstadt central train station
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€21 - €27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Ferry operators
BSB Ferries
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 3640-0
Email
info@bsb.de
Website
bsb.de
Ferry from Romanshorn Autoquai to Friedrichshafen Autoquai
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
BSB Ferries
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SBS Schifffahrt AG
Phone
+41 71 466 78 88
Email
info@sbsag.ch
Website
sbsag.ch
Ferry from Romanshorn Autoquai to Friedrichshafen Faehre
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBS Schifffahrt AG

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt station.

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Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is 404 km. It takes approximately 3h 32m to drive from Zürich to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt 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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