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Train travel from Lausanne to Zurich

Travel from Lausanne to Zurich by train and avoid the hassle of car travel. This train journey is covered by SBB trains and takes just a little over two hours, with both stations being conveniently located for easy access to the rest of the city. It’s also the most eco-friendly option.

SBB trains are kitted out with all you need to travel in comfort. Sit back and enjoy the picturesque views from the comfort of a spacious seat. On Intercity trains, there’s even a Family zone where children can play – is there a better way to travel with your family?

Once you get off at Zurich HB station, wander over to the beautiful Old Botanical Garden or spend your time exploring the Altstadt (Old Town) and the city’s fantastic museum scene. Check out Zurich's range of boat tours and watersports, and don't forget to leave some time to see the lakes near Zurich. Need some shuteye? Check out our guide to Zurich city center's best hotels.

Want to learn more about the Lausanne to Zurich train route? Scroll down for all the FAQs and train times to plan your trip.

Lausanne to Zurich Hb by train

First train

12:14 am

Last train

11:44 pm

Departure station

Lausanne

Arrival station

Zurich Hb

Journey time

From 2h 9m

Distance

108 miles (174 km)

Frequency

54 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Lausanne to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lausanne to Zurich Hb for Dienstag Juni 4. 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:19 am 1:28 pm 2h 9m, direct
11:26 am 1:56 pm 2h 30m, 1 change
11:44 am 1:58 pm 2h 14m, 1 change
12:19 pm 2:28 pm 2h 9m, direct
12:26 pm 2:56 pm 2h 30m, 1 change
12:44 pm 2:58 pm 2h 14m, 1 change
1:19 pm 3:28 pm 2h 9m, direct
1:26 pm 3:56 pm 2h 30m, 1 change
1:44 pm 3:58 pm 2h 14m, 1 change
2:19 pm 4:28 pm 2h 9m, direct

SBB trains from Lausanne to Zurich Hb

You can travel from Lausanne to Zurich Hb on 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.

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).

Intercity classes from Lausanne to Zurich Hb

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity when traveling from Lausanne to Zurich Hb.

Onboard services on Intercity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Lausanne to Zurich Hb.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the baggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro car so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are power outlets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is stroller storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family car.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

InfoInfoOther

There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

Cheap train tickets from Lausanne to Zurich Hb

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 Lausanne to Zurich Hb 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.

FAQs for Lausanne to Zurich Hb

Want to know more about your journey from Lausanne to Zurich Hb? 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 Lausanne to Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Lausanne and Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 31 minutes, with around 54 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 Lausanne and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lausanne to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Lausanne to Zurich Hb each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb leaves at 00:14. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb leaves at 23:44. 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 Lausanne and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Lausanne to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 108 miles (174 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Lausanne.


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