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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Heidelberg by train, bus, night train, 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  •  4h 5m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...

$95 - $161

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Bus  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Heidelberg 107 / ...

$19 - $35

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Night train  •  3h 31m

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

$80 - $140

Drive  •  3h 2m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Heidelberg 204.2 miles

$40 - $65

Fly Zurich to Stuttgart, train  •  4h 16m

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

$72 - $270

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf

$139 - $380

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 34m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf

$129 - $325

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Heidelberg is to bus which costs SFr 19 - SFr 35 and takes 5h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Heidelberg is to drive which costs SFr 40 - SFr 65 and takes 3h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Heidelberg. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 31m.

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The distance between Zürich and Heidelberg is 227 km. The road distance is 326.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Heidelberg without a car is to train which takes 4h 5m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 160.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m to get from Zürich to Heidelberg, including transfers.

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

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Zürich to Heidelberg 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 Heidelberg is to train which takes 4h 5m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 19 - SFr 35 and takes 5h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Heidelberg.
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  • Distance: 142 miles
  • Duration: 4h 5m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Heidelberg via Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf in around 4h 5m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Heidelberg every 4 hours. Tickets cost $19 - $35 and the journey takes 5h 5m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Zürich HB to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
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
53m
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 Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $25
Standard
$21 - $29
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 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
nightjet.com
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station to Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
flixtrain.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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Stuttgart Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Heidelberg is 327 km. It takes approximately 3h 2m to drive from Zürich to Heidelberg.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Stuttgart Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Heidelberg bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 570+ hotels available in Heidelberg. 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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