There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Italy by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP

$93 - $295

Cheapest option

Bus  •  12 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Rome N524 / ...

$52 - $84

6 alternative options

Fly to Florence  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR

$87 - $372

Fly to Lugano, train  •  4 h 33 min

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

$109 - $289

Fly to Rome  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Rome (FCO) ZRH - FCO

$67 - $326

Train  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...

$75 - $146

Bus and ferry  •  11 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome

$69 - $81

Drive  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Rome 539.7 miles

$130 - $190

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Italy. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at P.le Tiburtino via Tiburtina/Verano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 7 min.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Italy. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Roma Termini via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 2 min.

More details

The distance between Zürich and Italy is 618 km. The road distance is 863.5 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Zürich to Italy without a car is to train which takes 7 h 2 min and costs .

More details

It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Zürich to Italy, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Zürich to Italy is to fly which takes 3 h 3 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 7 h 2 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h 27 min.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

Search flights

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

More details

Map of how to get from Zürich to Italy.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 385.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Italy?

Swiss flies from Zürich to Milan 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Rome via Milano Centrale in around 7 h 2 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Rome via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Zurich to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $550
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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Book at
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk

Want to know more about travelling around Italy

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

Zürich to Italy train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Italy is 864 km. It takes approximately 8 h 31 min to drive from Zürich to Italy.

Get driving directions

Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

Search flights

Book your Zürich to Italy train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

There are 564+ hotels available in Italy. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

More details