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Taking the train from Groningen to Zürich in 9 hours 56 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Groningen to Zürich? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 11 hours 50 minutes to travel the 664 km from Groningen to Zürich by train, although you can get there in as little as 9 hours 56 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 37 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either ICE, DB or ÖBB. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Groningen to Zürich start from $43.27 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Zürich? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Groningen to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 11h 50m to travel from Groningen to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 412 miles (664 km). There are normally 37 trains per day traveling from Groningen to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $43.27 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

9h 56m


664 miles (412 km)


37 trains per day


1 change


From $43.27

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS, WestfalenBahn, NS, ÖBB

Groningen to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Groningen to Zürich for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:18 20:23 11h 5m, 4 changes
09:30 21:00 11h 30m, 2 changes
09:48 20:52 11h 4m, 4 changes
09:48 21:00 11h 12m, 3 changes
09:48 21:26 11h 38m, 2 changes
10:18 20:23 10h 5m, 5 changes
10:18 21:00 10h 42m, 4 changes
10:18 21:26 11h 8m, 3 changes
11:30 23:24 11h 54m, 3 changes
12:18 23:24 11h 6m, 4 changes

NS, Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and SBB trains from Groningen to Zürich

You can travel from Groningen to Zürich on NS, Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and SBB 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.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Cheap train tickets from Groningen to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Groningen to Zürich starts at $43.27 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 Groningen 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 Groningen to Zürich

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

The average journey time by train between Groningen and Zürich is 11 hours and 50 minutes, with around 37 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 Groningen and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Groningen to Zürich is 9 hours and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Groningen to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Groningen to Zürich can start from as little as $43.27 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 Groningen to Zürich?

No, there are no direct train services from Groningen to Zürich. Travelling from Groningen to Zürich by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Groningen to Zürich leaves at 05:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Groningen to Zürich leaves at 22:48. 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 Groningen and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Groningen to Zürich cover a distance of around 412 miles (664 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Groningen.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Groningen to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. 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 10/19/2022 for travel on 10/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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