There are 11 ways to get from Zürich to Trieste by plane, train, shuttle, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Zurich to Ljubljana  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Ljubljana (LJU) ZRH - LJU

$128 - $499

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Trieste 409

$45 - $80

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Fly Zurich to Trieste  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Trieste (TRS) ZRH - TRS

$105 - $576

Fly Zurich to Venice, train  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Venice (VCE) ZRH - VCE
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale

$69 - $378

Fly Zurich to Zagreb  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Zagreb (ZAG) ZRH - ZAG

$123 - $719

Fly Zurich to Pula, shuttle  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Pula (PUY) ZRH - PUY
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Portorož to Trieste Centrale

$172 - $719

Train to Basel, fly to Venice, train  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Venice (VCE) BSL - VCE
  3. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale

$97 - $442

Train via Milano Centrale  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre Fr
  3. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale Rv / ...

$69 - $125

Train  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia Mestre Ec
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale Rv / ...

$88 - $130

Train Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)  •  13 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Villach Hbf En
  2. Take the train from Villach Hbf (Busbahnhof) to Trieste Autostazione Bus

$112 - $187

Drive  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Trieste 434.4 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Trieste is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 80 and takes 11 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Trieste is to fly which costs SFr 120 - SFr 500 and takes 4 h 46 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Trieste. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Trieste. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Trieste Centrale via Milano Centrale and Venezia Mestre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 36 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Trieste is 443 km. The road distance is 695 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Trieste without a car is to train which takes 8 h 36 min and costs SFr 65 - SFr 130.

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It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to get from Zürich to Trieste, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Trieste.
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  • Distance: 276.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 46 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Trieste, Italy?

Adria Airways flies from Zürich to Trieste 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Trieste via Milano Centrale and Venezia Mestre in around 8 h 36 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Trieste via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Trieste via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Trieste via Hannover, Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Trieste via Leipzig, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $290
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Pula via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Basel to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $480
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Pula
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb via Split
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Zurich to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $480
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Flights from Basel to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Trieste via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Edelweiss Air
Website
flyedelweiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Pula
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$19 - $24
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Villach Hbf
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
$22 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $27
1st Class
$40 - $41
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Venezia Mestre Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
italotreno.it
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 Villach Hbf (Busbahnhof) to Trieste Autostazione
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Trieste
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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