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How much are train tickets from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen?

Lowest Price$53.13
Fastest Train5h 58m
Trains Per Day98
Train Lines3
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Zurich-Gelsenkirchen Train Schedule

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

What is the price of a train ticket from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen?

In the last month, $152.46 was the average price of a train ticket from Zurich, ZH to Gelsenkirchen, NW. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen?

The distance between Zurich and Gelsenkirchen is approximately 294 miles, or 472 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 58 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Zurich at 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen?

There are 98 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Gelsenkirchen to Zurich. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen for $42.90.

Which train should you take from Zurich to Gelsenkirchen?

There are 3 train lines with service from Zurich, Canton of Zurich to Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 87 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express66h 53m$181.38
Deutsche Bahn878h 23m$156.17
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company511h 8m$53.13

Where is the train station in Zurich?

There is one train station in Zurich:

  • Zürich HB

Where is the train station in Gelsenkirchen?

There are more train stations and stops in Gelsenkirchen than most cities. Most trains from Zurich will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Gelsenkirchen:

  • Gelsenkirchen-Hassel
  • Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nord
  • Gelsenkirchen-Rotthausen
  • Gelsenkirchen Zoo
  • Gelsenkirchen-Buer Süd

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