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

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Train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Linz Hbf Rj

$95 - $170

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Linz 1921

$45 - $80

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Night train  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Linz Hbf En / ...

$110 - $190

Drive  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Linz 355 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Zurich to Linz  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Linz (LNZ) ZRH - LNZ

$156 - $628

Fly Zurich to Vienna, train  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Vienna (VIE) ZRH - VIE
  2. Take the train from Flughafen Wien to Linz Hbf

$100 - $304

Fly Zurich to Munich, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC
  2. Take the train from Freising to Plattling
  3. Take the train from Plattling to Linz Hbf

$152 - $409

Fly Zurich to Graz, train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Graz (GRZ) ZRH - GRZ
  2. Take the train from Graz Hbf to Linz Hbf

$150 - $414

Train to Altenrhein, fly to Vienna, train  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen
  2. Fly from Altenrhein (ACH) to Vienna (VIE) ACH - VIE
  3. Take the train from Flughafen Wien to Linz Hbf

$216 - $1,127

Fly Zurich to Prague, train  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Prague (PRG) ZRH - PRG
  2. Take the train from Praha hl.n. to Linz Hbf

$102 - $292

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Linz is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 80 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Linz is to drive which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 5 h 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Linz. Services depart four times a week, and operate Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Linz Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Linz is 441 km. The road distance is 568 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Linz without a car is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170.

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The train from Zürich HB to Linz Hbf takes 6 h 34 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Zürich to Linz 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 Linz is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 80 and takes 8 h 15 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 150 - SFr 650 and takes 6 h 41 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Linz.
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  • Distance: 275.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 34 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Linz, Austria?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Linz every 4 hours. Tickets cost $95 - $170 and the journey takes 6 h 34 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Linz once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $80 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. FlixBus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Graz
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Prague
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Linz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Linz via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Linz via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Vienna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Graz via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Prague via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Graz
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Prague via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
People's Viennaline
Website
peoples.ch
Flights from Altenrhein to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Zurich to Prague
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $320
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 Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $170
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Flughafen Wien to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Train from Graz Hbf to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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 Freising to Plattling
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Plattling to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Praha hl.n. to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
cd.cz
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Linz
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $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 Linz, Linz Industriezeile
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Linz Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Linz is 568 km. It takes approximately 5 h 38 min to drive from Zürich to Linz.

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Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich Airport to Linz Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Linz bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 157+ hotels available in Linz. Prices start at $58 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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