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Trip Summary

There are 36 daily trains from Berlin to Zurich. Traveling by train from Berlin to Zurich usually takes around 9 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 7 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance416 mi (669 km)
Fastest train7h 59m
Lowest price$31.49
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

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

In the last month, $78.79 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin to Zurich. 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 $96.14 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 Berlin to Zurich by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $85 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Zurich in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $142 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.

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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 20 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Zurich from Berlin will be about $96.14 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Zurich?

There are 4 train lines with service from Berlin to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 30 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity212h 17m$109.18
DB Intercity-Express79h 7m$121.82
Deutsche Bahn309h 56m$118.30
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company38h 57m$140.91
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Berlin to Zurich start from $58, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station . And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Berlin to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity takes 12 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 59 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 Berlin.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Zurich start from $65, and on average cost . Daily there are 7 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Zurich. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Train Station and 4 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Zurich train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 9 hours and 7 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 7 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 train tickets from Berlin to Zurich start from $31, and on average cost . Daily there are 30 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn in Berlin leaves from S+u Bundesplatz and 4 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Zurich train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 9 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Zurich faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 32 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

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Berlin to Zurich start from $93, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Zurich. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from S+u Bundesplatz and 3 other stations. And in Zurich trains arrive at Zürich HB .

    From Berlin to Zurich train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 8 hours and 57 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 7 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 2 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 Berlin 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 Berlin to Zurich?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Berlin 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 Berlin to Zurich?

The distance between Berlin and Zurich is approximately 416 miles, or 669 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 59 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?

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Berlin to Zurich. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday 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 Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Berlin to Zurich?

There are 36 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Berlin to Zurich. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Zurich to Berlin.

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

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 Berlin?

Main departure station: S+u Bundesplatz

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Berlin where you can board the train.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Train Station

  • Bellevue

  • Berlin Central Station

Where is the train station in Zurich?

Main arrival station: Zürich HB

Zurich receives travelers from Berlin at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Zurich:

  • Zürich HB

  • Zürich HB

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