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There are 6 ways to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  1h

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA

$85 - $260

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Bus Ouibus  •  9h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Frankfurt Ouibus

$31 - $45

4 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  4h 43m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...

$112 - $199

Train  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...

$117 - $194

Bus FlixBus  •  8h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport N07

$41 - $64

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 245.7 miles

$50 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 45 and takes 9h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 260 and takes 1h.

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No, there is no direct train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). However, there are services departing from Zürich Flughafen and arriving at Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf via Zürich HB, Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 43m.

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The distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is 289 km. The road distance is 393.2 km.

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The best way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) without a car is to train which takes 4h 43m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 200.

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It takes approximately 1h to fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA), including transfers and time at the airport.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is to fly which takes 1h and costs SFr 85 - SFr 260. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 110 - SFr 200 and takes 4h 43m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 65 and takes 8h 8m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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Map of how to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
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  • Distance: 180.8 miles
  • Duration: 1h

What companies run services between Zurich Airport (ZRH), Switzerland and Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany?

Lufthansa and Swiss fly from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) via Zürich HB, Basel SBB, and Mannheim Hbf in around 4h 43m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
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 Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zürich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is 393 km. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 836+ hotels available in Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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