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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Hamburg by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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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Fly Zurich to Hamburg  •  4 h

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Hamburg (HAM) ZRH - HAM

$53 - $213

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Bus FlixBus  •  13 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Hamburg 024 / ...

$50 - $85

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Train to Basel, fly to Hamburg  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Hamburg (HAM) BSL - HAM

$78 - $298

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Hamburg  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Hamburg (HAM) STR - HAM

$97 - $283

Fly Zurich to Bremen, train  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bremen (BRE) ZRH - BRE
  2. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor

$163 - $387

Train  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...

$190 - $310

Bus Eurolines DE  •  15 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Frankfurt Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt Hbf to Hamburg ZOB

$68 - $101

Night train  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Hamburg Hbf Nj 400 / ...

$85 - $120

Drive, train  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Würzburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Fulda Ice
  3. Take the train from Fulda to Hamburg Hbf Ice

$152 - $229

Drive  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Hamburg 561.1 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Hamburg is to bus which costs SFr 65 - SFr 110 and takes 15 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Hamburg is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 220 and takes 4 h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Hamburg. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 13 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 35 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Hamburg is 698 km. The road distance is 897.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 7 h 35 min and costs SFr 190 - SFr 310.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Zürich to Hamburg, including transfers.

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

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Zürich to Hamburg 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 Hamburg is to fly which takes 4 h and costs SFr 50 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 190 - SFr 310 and takes 7 h 35 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 50 - SFr 85 and takes 13 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 436.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany?

Swiss, Eurowings and two other airlines fly from Zürich to Hamburg hourly. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Hamburg every 4 hours. Tickets cost $190 - $310 and the journey takes 7 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Bremen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Flights from Zurich to Bremen via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Zurich to Bremen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Bremen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Bremen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Hamburg via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$190 - $310
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Würzburg Hbf to Fulda
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Fulda to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
11 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Hamburg
Ave. Duration
13 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zürich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt Hbf to Hamburg ZOB
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
eurolines.de

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Zürich to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg station.

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Zürich to Hamburg train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Hamburg Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Hamburg is 898 km. It takes approximately 7 h 57 min to drive from Zürich to Hamburg.

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Swiss, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Zurich Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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There are 709+ hotels available in Hamburg. Prices start at $57 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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