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Travel from Zürich to Dortmund by train in 7 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 8 hours 8 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 7 hours 22 minutes. You'll usually find 19 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. During your journey, you'll either be traveling with DB or SBB, as they are the main operators of services on this route.

Book train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $57.38. 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 8h 8m to travel from Zürich to Dortmund by train, over a distance of around 290 miles (467 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Dortmund and tickets for this journey start from $57.38 when you book in advance.

First train

12:08 am

Last train

9:59 pm

Departure station

Zürich

Arrival station

Dortmund

Journey time

From 7h 22m

Distance

290 miles (467 km)

Frequency

19 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $57.38

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS, Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Zürich to Dortmund train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Dortmund for Tuesday Jul 23rd 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
6:59 am 2:21 pm 7h 22m, 1 change
7:34 am 3:24 pm 7h 50m, 1 change
7:59 am 3:24 pm 7h 25m, 2 changes
8:59 am 4:22 pm 7h 23m, 1 change
9:59 am 5:25 pm 7h 26m, 2 changes
10:59 am 6:21 pm 7h 22m, 2 changes
11:34 am 7:24 pm 7h 50m, 1 change
11:59 am 7:24 pm 7h 25m, 2 changes
12:59 pm 8:21 pm 7h 22m, 1 change
1:34 pm 9:21 pm 7h 47m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Zürich to Dortmund on SBB, 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.

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).

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.

Eurocity (EC) and Eurocity classes from Zürich to Dortmund

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurocity (EC) and Eurocity when traveling from Zürich to Dortmund.

Onboard services on Eurocity (EC) and Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Zürich to Dortmund.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Baggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Baggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead baggage rack. The standard dimensions of baggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm (27.5 x 19.6 x 11.8 inches). Larger items of baggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large baggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

With EC, you can enjoy food and drink in the onboard restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

In First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB trains offer a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on all EC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

When traveling with EC, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t require a ticket. Also, children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board most EC trains, you will find a family compartment or area suitable for families with babies and children up to the age of 3 years old.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

When traveling with EC, you need a bicycle ticket and a reservation to take a bicycle with you. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Usually, bike storage spaces are located in second-class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

If you’re traveling on an EC train, you can take your pet with you. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an additional ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an extra ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not traveling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

The Mobility Service can help you with boarding, disembarking and changing trains. In addition, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the baggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro car so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are power outlets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is stroller storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet on board.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike on board SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when traveling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet on board, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.

InfoInfoOther

There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Dortmund starts at $57.38 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 8 hours and 8 minutes, with around 19 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 7 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 $57.38 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.


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