There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Salzburg by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 23 min

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

$80 - $140

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Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Munich, Munich central bus station X06 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg 086 / ...

$19 - $44

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Bus Eurolines CH  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Salzburg

$35 - $50

Drive  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Salzburg 285.5 miles

$55 - $90

Fly Zurich to Salzburg  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Salzburg (SZG) ZRH - SZG

$113 - $330

Fly Zurich to Munich, train  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$136 - $383

Train to Basel, fly to Munich, train  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Munich (MUC) BSL - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$145 - $368

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to bus which costs SFr 18 - SFr 45 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to drive which costs SFr 55 - SFr 85 and takes 4 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Salzburg. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Salzburg Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 23 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Salzburg is 340 km. The road distance is 456.9 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 140.

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The train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf takes 5 h 23 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Zürich to Salzburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Salzburg 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 Salzburg is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 6 h 30 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 320 and takes 5 h 14 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 212.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Salzburg every 4 hours. Tickets cost $80 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 23 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Salzburg 3 times a week. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Basel to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $900
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
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 Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Zürich, Sihlquai/HB to München ZOB
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Munich, ZOB
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
regiojet.sk

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Zürich to Salzburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Salzburg station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Salzburg is 457 km. It takes approximately 4 h 29 min to drive from Zürich to Salzburg.

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Scandinavian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and three other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Salzburg bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 1252+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $70 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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