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Zürich to Locarno by train

It takes an average of 2h 21m to travel from Zürich to Locarno by train, over a distance of around 85 miles (136 km). There are normally 27 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Locarno and tickets for this journey start from $26.15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 19m
Price$26.15 - $67.18
Distance85 miles (136 km)
Frequency27 trains per day
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationLocarno
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zürich to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Locarno for Tuesday Jul 7th 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:10 12:29 2h 19m, 2 changes
11:10 13:29 2h 19m, 1 change
12:10 14:29 2h 19m, 2 changes
13:10 15:29 2h 19m, 1 change
14:10 16:29 2h 19m, 2 changes
15:10 17:29 2h 19m, 1 change
15:32 17:59 2h 27m, 1 change
15:35 17:59 2h 24m, 2 changes
16:10 18:29 2h 19m, 2 changes
17:10 19:29 2h 19m, 1 change

SBB trains from Zürich to Locarno

You can travel from Zürich to Locarno on 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.

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 Locarno

Train tickets from Zürich to Locarno start at $26.15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $64.24.
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avg. single price$64.24

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 Locarno 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Locarno

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Locarno is 2 hours and 21 minutes, with around 27 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 Locarno by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Locarno is 2 hours and 19 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Locarno cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Locarno can start from as little as $26.15 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 Locarno?

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

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

The first train from Zürich to Locarno leaves at 06:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich to Locarno leaves at 22:10. 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 Locarno by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Locarno cover a distance of around 85 miles (136 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Locarno to Zürich.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Locarno for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2020. 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 04/03/2019 for travel on 04/10/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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