There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Locarno by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train via Bellinzona  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona 2 / ...

$59 - $105

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Bus  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Bellinzona

$23 - $27

4 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Locarno 18-Y

$55 - $110

Night train, line 311 bus  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona Eurocity
  2. Take the line 311 bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace 311

$62 - $106

Drive  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Locarno 127.9 miles

$26 - $40

Fly, line 50 train, line 20 train  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  2. Take the line 50 train from Lugano to Giubiasco
  3. Take the line 20 train from Giubiasco to Locarno

$98 - $286

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Locarno is to bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 26 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Locarno is to drive which costs SFr 25 - SFr 40 and takes 2 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Zürich and arriving at Locarno, Via della Pace via Bellinzona, Piazza Orico. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Locarno. Services depart three times a week, and operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Locarno is 134 km. The road distance is 204.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Locarno without a car is to train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110.

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It takes approximately 2 h 29 min to get from Zürich to Locarno, including transfers.

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Zürich to Locarno bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, depart from Zürich station.

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Zürich to Locarno 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 Locarno is to train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 22 - SFr 26 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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  • Distance: 84 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 29 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Locarno, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Locarno hourly. Tickets cost $50 - $95 and the journey takes 1 h 46 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Zürich to Locarno 3 times a week. Tickets cost $15 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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.

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Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Locarno
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $28
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Locarno
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Zürich to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Zürich to Locarno bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Locarno is 205 km. It takes approximately 2 h 25 min to drive from Zürich to Locarno.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 1754+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 19.

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