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The train from Zürich to Locarno usually takes 2 hours 30 minutes on average to travel 136 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 9 minutes. You can expect to find 32 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Locarno, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. SBB are the main train operator on this route and will whisk you to Locarno in no time.
To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Zürich to Locarno in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $24.14.
Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Locarno, 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.
|Journey time||From 2h 9m|
|Distance||84 miles (136 km)|
|Frequency||32 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||SBB CFF FFS|
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).
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 Locarno by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Zürich and Locarno is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with around 32 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Locarno is 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Train tickets from Zürich to Locarno can start from as little as $24.14 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Locarno without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Zürich to Locarno each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zürich to Locarno leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zürich to Locarno leaves at 23:05. 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.
Trains travelling from Zürich to Locarno cover a distance of around 84 miles (136 km) during the journey.