There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Salzburg by train, bus, night train, 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  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg South N391

$27 - $50

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Night train  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Nj

$95 - $170

Drive, train  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Landeck-Zams
  2. Take the train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$64 - $102

Drive  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Salzburg 285.5 miles

$55 - $90

Fly to Salzburg  •  5 h 17 min

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

$121 - $329

Fly to Munich, train  •  5 h 11 min

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

$139 - $382

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Salzburg, Salzburg South. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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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 .

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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 . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 17 min.

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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, Salzburg South station.

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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. EuroNight also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Salzburg 5 times a week. Tickets cost $27 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h. Eurolines CH also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
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
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
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $900
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
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
EuroNight
Website
cd.cz
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
cd.cz
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg South
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$40 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch

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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, Lufthansa, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Salzburg bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 1241+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $69 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 .

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