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Zürich to Dortmund by train

It takes an average of 7h 1m to travel from Zürich to Dortmund by train, over a distance of around 290 miles (467 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Dortmund and tickets for this journey start from $24.26 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 19m
PriceFrom $24.26
Distance290 miles (467 km)
Frequency35 trains per day
First train23:08
Last train20:38
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationDortmund
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn

Zürich to Dortmund train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Dortmund for Tuesday May 25th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:37 16:28 6h 51m, 1 change
09:59 16:22 6h 23m, 3 changes
09:59 16:28 6h 29m, 2 changes
09:59 17:42 7h 43m, 1 change
10:59 17:21 6h 22m, 2 changes
11:37 18:22 6h 45m, 2 changes
11:37 18:25 6h 48m, 1 change
11:59 18:22 6h 23m, 3 changes
11:59 18:25 6h 26m, 2 changes
12:59 19:21 6h 22m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains from Zürich to Dortmund

You can travel from Zürich to Dortmund on Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) 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.

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.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund starts at $24.26 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 Dortmund 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 Dortmund

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Dortmund is 7 hours and 1 minute, with around 35 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 Dortmund by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Dortmund is 6 hours and 19 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Dortmund cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund can start from as little as $24.26 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 Dortmund?

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

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

The first train from Zürich to Dortmund leaves at 23:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich to Dortmund leaves at 20:38. 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 Dortmund by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Dortmund cover a distance of around 290 miles (467 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Dortmund to Zürich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Dortmund for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/25/2021. 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 07/09/2021 for travel on 07/09/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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