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Travel from Zürich to Dortmund by train in 6 hours 22 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Zürich to Dortmund by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Zürich to Dortmund by train is 7 hours 13 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 6 hours 22 minutes. You'll usually find 21 trains per day traveling the 467 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct services to Dortmund. As the main train operator on this route, you're likely to be traveling on a service operated by DB for all or at least part of your journey to Dortmund.

Book train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $22.76. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Zürich to Dortmund by train

It takes an average of 7h 13m to travel from Zürich to Dortmund by train, over a distance of around 290 miles (467 km). There are normally 21 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Dortmund and tickets for this journey start from $22.76 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

6h 22m


467 miles (290 km)


21 trains per day


1 change


From $22.76

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn

Zürich to Dortmund train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Dortmund for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:37 14:21 6h 44m, 1 change
07:59 14:21 6h 22m, 2 changes
08:59 15:22 6h 23m, 1 change
09:37 16:22 6h 45m, 1 change
10:59 17:21 6h 22m, 2 changes
11:37 18:21 6h 44m, 1 change
12:59 19:21 6h 22m, 1 change
13:37 20:21 6h 44m, 1 change
13:59 20:21 6h 22m, 2 changes
14:59 21:21 6h 22m, 2 changes

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 $22.76 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 13 minutes, with around 21 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 22 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Dortmund cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund can start from as little as $22.76 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 00:08. 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 21:59. 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 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 01/25/2023 for travel on 01/25/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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