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Traveling from Paris to Zurich by train

Want to spend some time in Switzerland’s largest city and need more information on how to take the train from Paris to Zurich? Start your journey here! 

On average, the journey time from Paris to Zurich is 5h 27m, but can take just 4h 4m on the fastest TGV Lyria services. Each day, around 5 direct services run from Paris to Zurich, so you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

If you’re travelling on this popular route, you’ll hop on a high-speed TGV Lyria train at Paris Gare de Lyon or Paris Gare de l’Est station, before travelling at speeds of up to 200mph and arriving at Zurich Hauptbahnhof (HB) station. TGV Lyria trains provide spectacular views of the French countryside, so make sure you book a spot on the top deck of your double-decker train to take it all in.  

If you want to travel from Paris to Switzerland by train but aren’t sure which city to visit – Zurich is the ideal choice! Once you’ve arrived at Zurich HB station, you’ll be in the heart of the city. Not sure where to visit first? Check out our Zürich city guide.

From the station, you can take a half-mile stroll up to Lindenhof Hill, which was once the site of a Roman fort and boasts excellent views over the city. To see more of Zurich, why not explore its natural beauty and head to the lakes? If you’re a soccer fan, you should head straight to the FIFA World Cup Museum, accessible via the regional S-Bahn train service.  

If you're feeling tired just thinking about everything you can see and do in Zurich, fear not! We've also got a list of Zurich's best city center hotels and Zurich's best hotels near the train station where you can get some shut-eye.

Feeling ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Zurich today! Just head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we’ll point out the cheapest fares. If you’d like to read more information first, cast your eyes down this page for useful journey information, including train times, tickets prices and FAQs. 

Paris to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 6h 29m to travel from Paris to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 28 trains per day traveling from Paris to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from $56.24 when you book in advance.

First train

6:52 am

Last train

9:00 pm

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

Zurich Hb

Journey time

From 4h 27m

Distance

303 miles (488 km)

Frequency

28 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $56.24

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Flixbus, SNCF

Paris to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Zurich Hb for Tuesday Jul 23rd 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:18 am 3:30 pm 5h 12m, 3 changes
11:22 am 3:49 pm 4h 27m, 1 change
11:55 am 4:26 pm 4h 31m, 2 changes
12:51 pm 5:26 pm 4h 35m, 2 changes
1:22 pm 5:49 pm 4h 27m, 1 change
2:12 pm 7:00 pm 4h 48m, 2 changes
2:55 pm 7:30 pm 4h 35m, 3 changes
3:22 pm 7:49 pm 4h 27m, 1 change
4:24 pm 9:00 pm 4h 36m, 2 changes
4:52 pm 9:31 pm 4h 39m, 3 changes

TGV, SNCF and TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Zurich Hb

You can travel from Paris to Zurich Hb on TGV, SNCF and TGV Lyria 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.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoChabe01, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

TGV INOUI and TGV Lyria classes from Paris to Zurich Hb

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI and TGV Lyria when traveling from Paris to Zurich Hb.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI and TGV Lyria

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

LuggageLuggageBaggage

On board TGV INOUI trains, you can take up to 2 pieces of luggage measuring no more than 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches), plus one hand luggage measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 15 cm (15.7 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches). If you are bringing an XL baggage (maximum 90 x 130 cm or 35.4 x 51.1 inches), it will replace one of the two 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches) pieces of luggage authorised.

All your luggage must be labelled before entering the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar car offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in car 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand baggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a leash. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take baggage on board TGV Lyria trains without worrying about weight restrictions, so long as you're able to carry it yourself.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

There are two refreshment options on board TGV Lyria trains:

Le Deli: Available in the café-bar car or at your seat, with a STANDARD or STANDARD 1ÈRE TGV Lyria ticket.
La Table: A French-Swiss dining experience available with a BUSINESS 1ÈRE TGV Lyria ticket.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Free WiFi is available on board. To get online, connect to the network _WIFI_LYRIA when you're on the train and go to the TGV Lyria Portal in your browser.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Families can reserve two different areas on the train:

The Family Square, located in carriages 6, 16, 7 or 17 in STANDARD (Second Class). This is a set of four seats facing one another, with space for a stroller.
Club 4, which is also a set of 4 seats facing one another around a table.

You will also find baby changing facilities, including a baby changing table and bottle-warming station, on the upper deck of cars 7 and 17, close to the Family Space.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Bikes are allowed on board, so long as they're folded or their wheels are detached. Bikes must also be placed in suitable storage cases (no larger than 130 x 90 cm).

PetPetPets

Small pets may travel with TGV Lyria, as long as they are carried in a carrier or container no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm (15.7” x 11.8” x 9.84”). Pets must be placed on your lap or by your feet and must travel with their own ticket at a flat rate of €7 ($7.63).

Dogs on a leash may travel on TGV Lyria trains, but they must be muzzled throughout the journey and placed by your feet. Passengers must pay a flat-rate ticket fee of €20 ($21.79).

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

2 seats in cars 1 or 11 in First Class are reserved for passengers with reduced mobility. You can request one of these seats when making your booking. If these spaces are no longer available, you can reserve a standard seat. You can also reserve assistance at the train station for help folding and storing your wheelchair.

InfoInfoOther

You can travel with musical instruments if they're stored in a case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. If you're going skiing, snowboards and skis are allowed on board (one pair of skis or one snowboard per person). They must be stored in their covers.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb

The price of train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb starts at $56.24 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 Paris 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.

§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.

Food and drink on board TGV INOUI, ICE and SBB trains from Paris to Zürich

Other services on board TGV INOUI, ICE and SBB trains from Paris to Zürich

Keep reading for more information on all the other services you can find on board trains along the route from Paris to Zürich.

How to get from Paris airports to Paris city center

If you’re getting to France by flying into Paris, you’ll need to travel from the airport to the heart of the city. Read on for more information on how to get to the city center from each of the airports in Paris.

Everything you need to know about Paris train stations

Read on for more information on how to get to major train stations in Paris.

How long is the train ride from Paris to Zürich?

The journey from Paris to Zürich can take around 4 to 5 hours, depending on which route you take. A direct TGV Lyria train takes just over 4 hours, while routes where you have to transfer to another train can take slightly longer.

The direct TGV Lyria train begins at Paris Gare de Lyon and may stop at the following stations:

Another route option is to take a train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel SBB, transferring there onto another train which will take you the rest of the way to Zürich. Some routes require an additional transfer in Strasbourg.

There are other routes available, including journeys via Geneva and journeys where you’ll travel by bus for some of the route. Take a look at our Journey Planner to find a route that’s best suited to your trip, or check out our article on planning a day trip from Paris to Zurich by train.

Arriving in Zürich

When your train arrives in Zürich, you’ll end up at Zürich Hauptbahnhof (HB) - this is the main train station.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Zürich, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for Paris to Zurich Hb

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

The average journey time by train between Paris and Zurich Hb is 6 hours and 29 minutes, with around 28 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 Paris and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Zurich Hb is 4 hours and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Zurich Hb cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb can start from as little as $56.24 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 Paris to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Paris 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 Paris to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Paris to Zurich Hb leaves at 06:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Zurich Hb leaves at 21:00. 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 Paris and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 303 miles (488 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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


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