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, wander over to the beautiful Old Botanical Garden or spend your time exploring the Altstadt (Old Town) and the city’s fantastic museum scene.
Want to learn more about the Lausanne to Zurich train route? Scroll down for all the FAQs and train times to plan your trip.
|Journey time||From 2h 8m|
|Distance||108 miles (174 km)|
|Frequency||53 trains per day|
|Arrival station||Zurich Hb|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||SBB CFF FFS|
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Lausanne and Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 24 minutes, with around 53 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Train tickets from Lausanne to Zurich Hb can start from as little as $20.95 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.
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.
The first train from Lausanne to Zurich Hb leaves at 00:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Lausanne to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 108 miles (174 km) during the journey.