There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Portofino by train, bus, 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  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino Ic / ...

$62 - $84

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Bus RegioJet  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Genoa, Piazza Vittoria RegioJet

$19 - $29

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Bus FlixBus  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Genoa, Genoa N307

$29 - $53

Drive  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Portofino 286.5 miles

$65 - $100

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino

$102 - $333

Fly to Genoa  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Genoa (GOA) ZRH - GOA

$101 - $421

Fly to Lugano, train  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino

$125 - $331

Fly to Nice, train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nice (NCE) ZRH - NCE
  2. Take the train from St-Laurent-du-Var to Ventimiglia
  3. Take the train from Ventimiglia to Genova Piazza Principe

$90 - $310

Fly to Florence, train  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze Smn to Pisa C.Le
  3. Take the train from Pisa Centrale to Chiavari

$106 - $427

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Portofino is to bus which costs SFr 18 - SFr 28 and takes 9 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Portofino is to drive which costs SFr 65 - SFr 95 and takes 5 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Portofino. However, there are services departing from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai and arriving at Portofino via Genova, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Portofino is 344 km. The road distance is 458.3 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Portofino without a car is to train which takes 7 h 33 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 85.

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It takes approximately 7 h 33 min to get from Zürich to Portofino, including transfers.

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Zürich to Portofino bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Portofino is to train which takes 7 h 33 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 28 - SFr 55 and takes 8 h 41 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 95 - SFr 410 and takes 8 h 45 min.

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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 Portofino bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Genoa, Piazza Vittoria station.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Portofino.
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  • Distance: 215.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 33 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Portofino, Italy?

You can take a train from Zürich to Portofino via Milano Centrale, S.Margherita Ligure Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure in around 7 h 33 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Portofino once daily. Tickets cost $26 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h 15 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 Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Nice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $460
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Train operators
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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Intercity

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 S.Margherita Ligure Portofino
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from St-Laurent-du-Var to Ventimiglia
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
en.oui.sncf
Trenitalia

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 Ventimiglia to Genova Piazza Principe
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Train from Firenze Smn to Pisa C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Ventimiglia to Genova Piazza Principe
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
thello.com
Russian Railways
Website
rzd.ru
Train from Ventimiglia to Genova Piazza Principe
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
pass.rzd.ru
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 Pisa Centrale to Chiavari
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.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 Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Genoa, Piazza Vittoria
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
regiojet.sk

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Portofino is 458 km. It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to drive from Zürich to Portofino.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 1673+ hotels available in Portofino. Prices start at $74 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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