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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne by train, bus, night 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  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux Tgv

$129 - $213

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Night bus, train  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Take the night bus from Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache N106
  2. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Gare de St-Etienne-le-Clapier Firminy - Lyon-Perrache

$40 - $64

5 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Saint-Étienne Gare de Châteaucreux

$45 - $55

Drive  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Saint-Étienne 304.6 miles

$65 - $95

Fly Zurich to Lyon, train  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lyon (LYS) ZRH - LYS
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux

$97 - $259

Fly Zurich to Geneva, train  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Geneva (GVA) ZRH - GVA
  2. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux

$114 - $230

Train, train to Strasbourg, fly to Lyon  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Lyon (LYS) SXB - LYS
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux

$139 - $508

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 55 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne is to fly and train which costs SFr 95 - SFr 260 and takes 4 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Saint-Étienne Gare de Châteaucreux. Services depart six times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Saint-Étienne. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at St Etienne Châteaucreux via Gare de Genève and Lyon Part Dieu. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 11 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Saint-Étienne is 385 km. The road distance is 487.4 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 11 min and costs SFr 120 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne, including transfers.

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Zürich to Saint-Étienne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Saint-Étienne 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 Saint-Étienne is to train which takes 6 h 11 min and costs SFr 120 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 55 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Saint-Étienne.
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  • Distance: 240.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Saint-Étienne, France?

You can take a train from Zürich to Saint-Étienne via Genève, Gare de Genève, Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, and Lyon Part Dieu in around 6 h 11 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Saint-Étienne 6 times a week. Tickets cost $45 - $55 and the journey takes 8 h 30 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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 Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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
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 Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$15 - $23
1st Class
$20 - $30
Train from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Gare de St-Etienne-le-Clapier
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$15 - $23
1st Class
$20 - $30
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Etienne Châteaucreux
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$30 - $35
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
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Saint-Étienne Gare de Châteaucreux
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $55
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
Night bus from Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Zürich to Saint-Étienne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Saint-Étienne Gare de Châteaucreux station.

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Zürich to Saint-Étienne train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at St Etienne Châteaucreux station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Saint-Étienne is 487 km. It takes approximately 5 h 2 min to drive from Zürich to Saint-Étienne.

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Twin Jet offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lyon Airport.

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There are 145+ hotels available in Saint-Étienne. Prices start at $52 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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