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There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Salzburg by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Salzburg Hbf

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Munich central bus station
  2. Take the Bus from München to Salzburg

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Train via Dornbirn

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Heerbrugg
  2. Take the train from Dornbirn to Salzburg Hbf

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Zuerich Hb to Salzburg Hbf

Drive

  1. Drive from Zürich to Salzburg

Fly Zurich to Munich, train

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

Fly Zurich to Salzburg

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

Train to Basel, fly to Munich, train

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Munich (MUC)
  3. Take the train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf

Zürich to Salzburg by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Salzburg is around 5h 25m and covers a distance of around 470 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 22m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Zürich to Salzburg train service departs from Zuerich Hb and arrives in Salzburg Hbf. Typically 44 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
5h 25m
Fastest train time:
5h 22m
Train distance:
470 km
Trains per week:
44
Cheapest price:
€130
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:40
Last train departs at:
18:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zürich to Salzburg train schedules

Switzerland → Austria
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International entry into Austria from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Austria from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican and Vietnam
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican and Vietnam
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican and Vietnam
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and Cyprus
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Suriname
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican
  • Entry is allowed only for essential reasons
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Rules to follow in Austria

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Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Austria from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Salzburg is 800 555 621.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Salzburg is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Salzburg is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 555 621.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Austria.

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Last updated: 22 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to bus which costs SFr 14 - SFr 29 and takes 7h 54m.

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The fastest way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to drive which takes 4h 15m and costs SFr 50 - SFr 80.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich station to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Zurich Bus Station and arriving at Salzburg via München. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 54m.

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

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The distance between Zürich and Salzburg is 340 km. The road distance is 453.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs SFr 140 - SFr 250.

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The train from Zuerich Hb to Salzburg Hbf takes 5h 23m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Zürich to Salzburg train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Salzburg is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs SFr 140 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 14 - SFr 29 and takes 7h 54m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 850 and takes 5h 47m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 340.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 23m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zuerich Hb to Salzburg Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost €130 - €230 and the journey takes 5h 23m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Salzburg via München in around 7h 54m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Munich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €1600
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €1600
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €300
Flights from Basel to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €300
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €300
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €460
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €300
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €1500
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€400 - €1500
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€130 - €230
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Heerbrugg
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Dornbirn to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €75
Website
Railjet
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Website
Railjet
Transdev
Phone
030 200730
Website
transdev.de
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €26
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Meridian, BOB & BRB
Phone
+49 8024 997171
Email
kontakt@bayerischeoberlandbahn.de
Website
brb.de
Train from Ostbahnhof to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Meridian, BOB & BRB
DB Fernverkehr AG
Website
delfi.de
Train from Ostbahnhof to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
delfi.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Train from Ostbahnhof to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
rdc-deutschland.de
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Sbb
Website
delfi.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
delfi.de
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
DB Fernverkehr
Website
delfi.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.xom
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
FlixBus-de
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Zob
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
flixbus.com
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai to Munich Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
RegioJet
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from München to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€4 - €7
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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Zürich to Salzburg bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, 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 453 km. It takes approximately 4h 15m to drive from Zürich to Salzburg.

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