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About the train journey from Zürich to Calais

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The train from Zürich to Calais usually takes 9 hours 52 minutes on average to travel 628 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 6 hours 40 minutes. You can expect to find 13 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Zürich and Calais, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Calais. You can choose to travel with TGV, ICE or SNCF to get to Calais. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Zürich to Calais in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $90.03.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Calais, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Zürich to Calais by train

It takes an average of 9h 52m to travel from Zürich to Calais by train, over a distance of around 390 miles (628 km). There are normally 13 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Calais and tickets for this journey start from $90.03 when you book in advance.

First train

00:08

Last train

21:34

Departure station

Zürich

Arrival station

Calais

Journey time

6h 40m

Distance

628 miles (390 km)

Frequency

13 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $90.03

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, SBB CFF FFS, BlaBlaCar Bus

Zürich to Calais train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Calais for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
04:08 12:43 8h 35m, 4 changes
06:34 13:16 6h 42m, 1 change
08:34 16:24 7h 50m, 2 changes
10:34 17:42 7h 8m, 1 change
10:59 18:46 7h 47m, 3 changes
12:34 19:46 7h 12m, 2 changes
12:59 19:46 6h 47m, 3 changes
14:34 21:14 6h 40m, 1 change
14:59 06:28 15h 29m, 4 changes
17:34 07:43 14h 9m, 1 change

TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and SBB trains from Zürich to Calais

You can travel from Zürich to Calais on TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF 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.

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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).

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.

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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).

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).

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Calais

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Calais starts at $90.03 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 Calais 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 Calais

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Calais is 9 hours and 52 minutes, with around 13 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 Calais by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Calais is 6 hours and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Calais cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Calais can start from as little as $90.03 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 Calais?

No, there are no direct train services from Zürich to Calais. Travelling from Zürich to Calais by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

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

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

The last train from Zürich to Calais leaves at 21:34. 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 Calais by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Calais cover a distance of around 390 miles (628 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Calais to Zürich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Calais for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 02/07/2023 for travel on 02/07/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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