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Take the train from Düsseldorf to Zürich in 5 hours 9 minutes

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

You can expect the journey from Düsseldorf to Zürich by train to take around 6 hours 39 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 5 hours 9 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 18 trains per day running on this route, which spans 445 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Zürich. Both DB and ÖBB trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

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 Düsseldorf to Zürich start from $19.13 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!

Düsseldorf to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 6h 39m to travel from Düsseldorf to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 277 miles (445 km). There are normally 18 trains per day traveling from Düsseldorf to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $19.13 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 9m
PriceFrom $19.13
Distance277 miles (445 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train02:39
Last train23:24
Departure stationDüsseldorf
Arrival stationZürich
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus, ÖBB

Düsseldorf to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Düsseldorf to Zürich for Tuesday Sep 27th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:24 12:23 5h 59m, 1 change
07:47 13:00 5h 13m, 2 changes
07:47 14:23 6h 36m, 1 change
09:51 15:00 5h 9m, 1 change
11:17 17:00 5h 43m, 1 change
13:49 19:00 5h 11m, 1 change
14:08 20:23 6h 15m, 2 changes
15:44 21:00 5h 16m, 1 change
17:52 23:24 5h 32m, 2 changes
19:14 04:49 9h 35m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains from Düsseldorf to Zürich

You can travel from Düsseldorf to Zürich on Deutsche Bahn, IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity) and 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.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

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 Düsseldorf to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Düsseldorf to Zürich starts at $19.13 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 Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf to Zürich

Want to know more about your journey from Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf to Zürich take?

The average journey time by train between Düsseldorf and Zürich is 6 hours and 39 minutes, with around 18 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 Düsseldorf and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Düsseldorf to Zürich is 5 hours and 9 minutes.

How much does the train from Düsseldorf to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Düsseldorf to Zürich can start from as little as $19.13 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 Düsseldorf to Zürich?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Düsseldorf to Zürich without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf to Zürich leave?

The first train from Düsseldorf to Zürich leaves at 02:39. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Düsseldorf to Zürich leaves at 23:24. 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 Düsseldorf and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Düsseldorf to Zürich cover a distance of around 277 miles (445 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Düsseldorf.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Düsseldorf to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/27/2022 for travel on 10/27/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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