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Trip Summary

There are 36 daily trains from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich. Traveling by train from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich usually takes around 4 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance189 mi (304 km)
Fastest train3h 20m
Lowest price€25.65
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

What is the price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich?

In the last month, €37.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €57.06 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €60 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €78 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.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Zurich from Frankfurt am Main will be about €57.06 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich?

There are 5 train lines with service from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 28 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity35h 5m€55.26
DB Intercity-Express44h 24m€71.93
Deutsche Bahn284h 55m€69.52
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company105h 4m€72.49
Non-federally owned railway company15h 9m€79.15
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich start from €30, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and 4 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Frankfurt am Main to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity takes 5 hours and 5 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 20 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich start from €29, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity-Express in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and 6 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Frankfurt am Main to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 24 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 20 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 12 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich start from €29, and on average cost . Daily there are 10 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Unterliederbach and 6 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Frankfurt am Main to Zurich train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 4 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 20 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 18 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Zurich.

  • Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich start from €61, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Non-federally owned railway company schedules to Zurich. Non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Unterliederbach and one other station. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Frankfurt am Main to Zurich train travel on Non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, Non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 20 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Zurich on a weekend there is typically one Non-federally owned railway company scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Frankfurt am Main.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Zurich?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich?

The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Zurich is approximately 189 miles, or 304 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 20 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Zurich?

There are 36 scheduled trains on most days. 8 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 Frankfurt am Main.

City Information

Frankfurt am Main

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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.

Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.

Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.

The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.

Zurich

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Frankfurt am Main?

Main departure station: Central Train Station

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Frankfurt am Main where you can board the train.

All train stations in Frankfurt am Main:

  • Central Train Station

  • Frankfurt-Höchst Farbwerke

  • Frankfurt-Sindlingen

  • Frankfurt-Zeilsheim

  • Frankfurt-Unterliederbach

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf

  • Frankfurt-Höchst

  • Frankfurt-Sossenheim

  • Frankfurt-Nied

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbf

  • Frankfurt-Mainkur

  • Frankfurt am Main - Stadion

  • Frankfurt-Niederrad

  • Frankfurt-Griesheim

  • Frankfurt-Rödelheim

Where is the train station in Zurich?

Main arrival station: Zürich HB

Zurich has one train station.

Train stations in Zurich:

  • Zürich HB

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