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There are 163 daily trains from Munich to Zurich. Traveling by train from Munich to Zurich usually takes around 5 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 3 hours and 32 minutes.
|Distance||151 mi (242 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 32m|
|Trains per day||5|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
What is the price of a train ticket from Munich to Zurich?
In the last month, €35.04 was the average price of a train ticket from Munich to Zurich. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €42.40 more than that for a same-day booking.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Munich to Zurich by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €62 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Munich to Zurich in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €77 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Which train should you take from Munich to Zurich?
There are 4 train lines with service from Munich to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 130 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Intercity||1||5h 37m||€64.41|
|DB Intercity-Express||4||4h 46m||€57.20|
|Deutsche Bahn||130||6h 3m||€67.85|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||34||5h 36m||€90.22|
DB Intercity train tickets from Munich to Zurich start from €52, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity in Munich leaves from München Train Station . And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .
From Munich to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity takes 5 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.
If you are looking to travel to Zurich on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Munich.
DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Munich to Zurich start from €32, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity-Express in Munich leaves from München-Pasing and 20 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .
From Munich to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.
Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Munich to Zurich start from €23, and on average cost . Daily there are 130 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn in Munich leaves from München-Karlsfeld and 27 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB and one other train station.
From Munich to Zurich train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 6 hours and 3 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 216 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Munich to Zurich start from €24, and on average cost . Daily there are 34 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Munich leaves from München-Karlsfeld and 26 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .
From Munich to Zurich train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 29 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Munich to Zurich during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
Can you take a train all the way from Munich to Zurich?
How long is the train journey from Munich to Zurich?
The distance between Munich and Zurich is approximately 151 miles, or 242 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 57 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 32 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?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Munich to Zurich on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Munich at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Munich to Zurich?
There are 163 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Zurich. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Zurich to Munich.
Boasting a quaint beauty that has withstood the test of time, Munich is a vibrant city where the old meets the new. One of the most noticeable events in the city is Oktoberfest. The festival is the largest beer festival in the world, and it is here that you can enjoy a huge variety of beers, as well as local specialties and themed entertainment. For those who want to learn more about the city’s architectural history, consider visiting the Church of Our Lady, which features two unique dome-topped towers, forming an eye-catching part of Munich’s skyline. If you simply wish to enjoy a stroll around town, the English Garden, with its signature Chinesischen Turm, will offer the reprieve you need.
Among the local favorites in the city are Spatenhaus and Haxnbauer, both of which serve authentic hearty Munich dishes. For a more affordable dinner, you could check out the beer gardens such as Seehaus Biergarten or Augustinerkeller.
München Hauptbahnhof, located at the center of Munich, is the principal train station in the city serving all Deutsche Bahn trains that pass through town. Munich’s Central Bus Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to catch a bus by FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus or Sindbad. The main airport is the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, which lies 19 miles northeast of the city center.
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Located in the heart of Europe, the Swiss capital lies at the northwestern tip of the eponymous Lake Zurich. This cosmopolitan city is buzzing year-round with vibrant city life, while the relaxing and peaceful Alps are less than an hour away.
Lake Zurich provides an elegant focal point of the city, with daily cruises available to explore this vast lake. Many chic cafes and restaurants are dotted along the banks, epitomizing Zurich's urban and cosmopolitan vibe.
The Old Town, or Altstadt, is arguably one of the city's most beautiful areas, characterized by winding cobblestone streets and medieval-style architecture. Here, you'll discover some of Zurich's most iconic landmarks, such as St Peter's church with its impossibly large clock face, the largest clock in Europe.
If the weather isn't suited to wandering, there are over 50 museums within Zurich to explore. Go traditional with the Swiss National Museum, or opt for something a bit more exhilarating at the FIFA Museum.
Zurich's airport is the largest in Switzerland, and it is just 10 kilometers from the city center. Several train carriers, including the German Deutsche Bahn network, operate routes to Zurich from across Europe. Long-distance buses also make it easy to reach Zurich from cities like Bern, Stuttgart, Munich, and Milan.
Where is the train station in Munich?
Main departure station: München-Karlsfeld
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Munich where you can board the train.
All train stations in Munich:
München Train Station
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