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Take the train from Dresden to Zürich in 9 hours 17 minutes

If you want to travel from Dresden to Zürich by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Dresden to Zürich by train to take around 11 hours 33 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 9 hours 17 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 26 trains per day running on this route, which spans 555 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Zürich. ÖBB trains are the main operator of services on this route, so you're likely to travel with them for all or at least part of your journey to Zürich.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Dresden to Zürich start from $42.22 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Dresden to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 11h 33m to travel from Dresden to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 26 trains per day traveling from Dresden to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $42.22 when you book in advance.

First train

5:10 am

Last train

11:08 pm

Departure station

Dresden

Arrival station

Zürich

Journey time

From 9h 17m

Distance

345 miles (555 km)

Frequency

26 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $42.22

Train and bus operators

ÖBB, Flixbus

Dresden to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dresden to Zürich for Tuesday May 28th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
9:45 am 7:27 pm 9h 42m, 2 changes
9:52 am 7:27 pm 9h 35m, 3 changes
11:10 am 9:00 pm 9h 50m, 1 change
11:58 am 9:27 pm 9h 29m, 3 changes
11:58 am 10:24 pm 10h 26m, 2 changes
1:10 pm 11:24 pm 10h 14m, 2 changes
1:59 pm 12:14 am 10h 15m, 3 changes
1:59 pm 12:24 am 10h 25m, 2 changes
3:10 pm 4:49 am 13h 39m, 3 changes
3:59 pm 5:53 am 13h 54m, 6 changes

ÖBB trains from Dresden to Zürich

You can travel from Dresden to Zürich on ÖBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Dresden to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Dresden to Zürich starts at $42.22 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Dresden to Zürich by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Dresden to Zürich

Want to know more about your journey from Dresden to Zürich? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Dresden to Zürich take?

The average journey time by train between Dresden and Zürich is 11 hours and 33 minutes, with around 26 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Dresden and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dresden to Zürich is 9 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Dresden to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Dresden to Zürich can start from as little as $42.22 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Dresden to Zürich?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dresden to Zürich without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Dresden to Zürich each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Dresden to Zürich leave?

The first train from Dresden to Zürich leaves at 05:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dresden to Zürich leave?

The last train from Dresden to Zürich leaves at 23:08. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Dresden and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Dresden to Zürich cover a distance of around 345 miles (555 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Dresden.


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