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Getting from Zurich to Paris by train

With high-speed daily TGV Lyria train services from Zurich to Paris, there’s no need to worry about lengthy airport transfers and traffic issues. A direct train will get you from the heart of the Swiss capital to the heart of the French capital in just over four hours. Upgrade to Business Class on the TGV Lyria for wide seats and gourmet food. If you're flying to Zurich and need to travel to the city center before your train journey, check out our guide on how to get from Zurich Airport to the city center

By choosing train travel for your journey, you can maximise your time exploring the City of Light, marvelling at the Eiffel Tower, and wandering around Le Marais. If you're visiting Paris to see the iconic sites the city is famous for, don't miss the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louvre. Head up to Sacre Coeur for amazing views over the city.

Zurich Hb to Paris by train

It takes an average of 6h 32m to travel from Zurich Hb to Paris by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 22 trains per day traveling from Zurich Hb to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $32.48 when you book in advance.

First train

00:08

Last train

23:36

Departure station

Zurich Hb

Arrival station

Paris

Journey time

From 4h 4m

Distance

303 miles (488 km)

Frequency

22 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $32.48

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS

Zurich Hb to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Paris for Dienstag Apr. 23. 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:34 13:13 4h 39m, 2 changes
08:59 14:14 5h 15m, 2 changes
10:34 14:38 4h 4m, direct
10:59 15:35 4h 36m, 2 changes
12:34 16:38 4h 4m, direct
13:34 18:05 4h 31m, 2 changes
14:34 18:38 4h 4m, direct
14:59 19:42 4h 43m, 2 changes
16:34 21:13 4h 39m, 2 changes
17:34 21:47 4h 13m, direct

TGV Lyria and SBB trains from Zurich Hb to Paris

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

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).

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).

TGV Lyria classes from Zurich Hb to Paris

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

Onboard services on TGV Lyria

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

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 Zurich Hb to Paris

The price of train tickets from Zurich Hb to Paris starts at $32.48 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 Zurich Hb to Paris 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 Zurich Hb to Paris

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

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Paris is 6 hours and 32 minutes, with around 22 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 Zurich Hb and Paris by train?

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

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

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Paris can start from as little as $32.48 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 Zurich Hb to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Paris without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zurich Hb to Paris leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zurich Hb to Paris leaves at 23:36. 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 Zurich Hb and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Paris 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 Paris to Zurich Hb.


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