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How to travel from Zürich to Amsterdam by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Zürich to Amsterdam? Look no further.

You'll usually find 25 trains per day running between Zürich and Amsterdam, which usually take 11 hours 18 minutes to complete the 614 km journey. It can take as little as 8 hours 10 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either DB or ÖBB to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Zürich to Amsterdam if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $43.33. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Zürich to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 11h 18m to travel from Zürich to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 381 miles (614 km). There are normally 25 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from $43.33 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 8h 10m


381 miles (614 km)


25 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $43.33

Train and bus operators

ÖBB, Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn

Zürich to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Amsterdam for Tuesday Apr 4th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:37 19:05 9h 28m, 4 changes
09:37 19:35 9h 58m, 3 changes
10:59 19:44 8h 45m, 2 changes
12:34 20:44 8h 10m, 1 change
12:59 21:30 8h 31m, 1 change
13:37 23:51 10h 14m, 4 changes
14:59 23:51 8h 52m, 5 changes
15:59 06:55 14h 56m, 5 changes
15:59 07:35 15h 36m, 3 changes
16:59 07:05 14h 6m, 5 changes

ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and IC (Intercity) trains from Zürich to Amsterdam

You can travel from Zürich to Amsterdam on ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and IC (Intercity) 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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Amsterdam starts at $43.33 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 Zürich to Amsterdam 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 Zürich to Amsterdam

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Amsterdam is 11 hours and 18 minutes, with around 25 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 Zürich and Amsterdam by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Amsterdam is 8 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Amsterdam cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Amsterdam can start from as little as $43.33 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 Zürich to Amsterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Zürich to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zürich to Amsterdam leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich to Amsterdam leaves at 22:36. 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 Zürich and Amsterdam by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 381 miles (614 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam to Zürich.

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