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

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Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3h 6m

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

74€ - 314€

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Bus  •  12h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station N524 / ...

43€ - 51€

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Fly to Florence  •  3h 44m

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

45€ - 450€

Fly to Rome  •  4h 35m

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

67€ - 325€

Fly to Venice, line 182 bus  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Venice (VCE) ZRH - VCE
  2. Take the line 182 bus from Treviso to Santa Buona

86€ - 356€

Train  •  7h 46m

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

106€ - 251€

Bus and ferry  •  11h 33m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome

47€ - 65€

Drive  •  8h 29m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Rome 864.5 km

110€ - 160€

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Italy is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 55 and takes 12h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Italy is to fly which costs SFr 75 - SFr 340 and takes 3h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Italy. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Verano via Tiburtina/Verano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 33m.

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The distance between Zürich and Italy is 618 km. The road distance is 864.5 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Italy without a car is to train which takes 7h 46m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 270.

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It takes approximately 3h 6m to get from Zürich to Italy, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Italy is to fly which takes 3h 6m and costs SFr 75 - SFr 340. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 110 - SFr 270 and takes 7h 46m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 55 and takes 12h 16m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Italy.
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  • Distance: 617.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 6m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Italy?

Swiss flies from Zürich to Milan 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Rome via Milano Centrale, Roma Termini, and Termini in around 7h 46m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 320€
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 270€
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 270€
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 410€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 390€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 390€
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 120€
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
40€ - 55€
Base Standard
70€ - 95€
Base Premium
85€ - 120€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 90€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
30€ - 50€
Smart Low Cost
30€ - 45€
Smart Flex
65€ - 90€
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Rome
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
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eurolines.ch
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Italy is 864 km. It takes approximately 8h 29m to drive from Zürich to Italy.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 628+ hotels available in Italy. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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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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