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

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Fly Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) ZRH - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$62 - $309

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Fly Zurich to Rotterdam  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Rotterdam (RTM) ZRH - RTM

$74 - $362

Train to Basel, fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BSL - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$82 - $284

Fly Zurich to Brussels, train  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Brussels (BRU) ZRH - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Rotterdam Centraal

$95 - $324

Train to Basel, fly to Brussels, train  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU
  3. Take the train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Rotterdam Centraal

$90 - $339

Train via Paris Est  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Paris Est Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Rotterdam Centraal

$259 - $384

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Freiburg to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal

$176 - $276

Bus Eurolines CH  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Rotterdam

$60 - $80

Bus Eurolines FR  •  16 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Rotterdam

$111 - $181

Drive  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Rotterdam 508.5 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Rotterdam is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 80 and takes 13 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Rotterdam is to fly and train which costs SFr 60 - SFr 310 and takes 4 h 26 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Rotterdam. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 13 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Basel SBB, Strasbourg and Paris-Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 1 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Rotterdam is 585 km. The road distance is 813.5 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 9 h 1 min and costs SFr 250 - SFr 390.

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It takes approximately 4 h 26 min to get from Zürich to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Zürich to Rotterdam bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam is to fly which takes 6 h 11 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 370. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 250 - SFr 390 and takes 9 h 1 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 80 and takes 13 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 365.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 26 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

British Airways, Swiss and three other airlines fly from Zürich to Rotterdam hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Rotterdam via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Paris Est, and Paris-Nord in around 9 h 1 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $1,200
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,400
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Basel to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Rotterdam via London City
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $1,200
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Zurich to Rotterdam via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
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Train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Train from Paris-Nord to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$120 - $160
1st Class
$160 - $230
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Paris Est
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $100
1st Class
$120 - $170
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 Strasbourg to Paris Est
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Freiburg to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Zurich to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
10 h 31 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Zürich to Rotterdam bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Rotterdam station.

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Zürich to Rotterdam train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Rotterdam is 814 km. It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to drive from Zürich to Rotterdam.

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easyJet, Swiss, Lufthansa and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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There are 576+ hotels available in Rotterdam. Prices start at $71 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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