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About the train journey from Zürich to Locarno

Want to travel from Zürich to Locarno by train? Start your journey with us.

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.

Zürich to Locarno by train

It takes an average of 2h 30m to travel from Zürich to Locarno by train, over a distance of around 84 miles (136 km). There are normally 32 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Locarno and tickets for this journey start from $24.14 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 9m
PriceFrom $24.14
Distance84 miles (136 km)
Frequency32 trains per day
First train06:05
Last train23:05
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationLocarno
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zürich to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Locarno for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:05 12:25 3h 20m, direct
09:33 11:44 2h 11m, 1 change
10:05 12:14 2h 9m, 1 change
10:33 12:44 2h 11m, 1 change
11:05 13:14 2h 9m, 2 changes
11:05 14:25 3h 20m, direct
12:05 14:14 2h 9m, 1 change
12:33 14:44 2h 11m, 1 change
13:05 15:14 2h 9m, 2 changes
13:05 16:25 3h 20m, direct

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

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Locarno starts at $24.14 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 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 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 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 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.

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 9 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Locarno cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Zürich to Locarno?

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.

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

The first train from Zürich to Locarno leaves at 06:05. 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 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.

What's the distance between Zürich and Locarno by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Locarno cover a distance of around 84 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Locarno for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 04/10/2019 for travel on 04/10/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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