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How to travel from Zürich to Paris by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Zürich to Paris? Look no further.

You'll usually find 18 trains per day running between Zürich and Paris, which usually take 6 hours 20 minutes to complete the 488 km journey. It can take as little as 4 hours 4 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either SNCF or TGV Lyria to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Zürich to Paris if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $27.20. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Zürich to Paris by train

It takes an average of 6h 20m to travel from Zürich to Paris by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 18 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $27.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 4m
PriceFrom $27.20
Distance303 miles (488 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train00:08
Last train21:34
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Flixbus, SNCF

Zürich to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Paris for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:34 12:38 4h 4m, direct
08:59 14:04 5h 5m, 2 changes
10:34 14:38 4h 4m, direct
10:36 15:35 4h 59m, 2 changes
10:53 15:35 4h 42m, 3 changes
12:34 16:38 4h 4m, direct
13:34 18:05 4h 31m, 2 changes
14:34 18:40 4h 6m, direct
14:59 19:41 4h 42m, 2 changes
16:34 20:38 4h 4m, direct

TGV Lyria and SNCF trains from Zürich to Paris

You can travel from Zürich to Paris on TGV Lyria and SNCF 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.

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TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Paris

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Paris starts at $27.20 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 Paris 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 Paris

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Paris is 6 hours and 20 minutes, with around 18 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Paris is 4 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Paris cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Paris can start from as little as $27.20 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Paris without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Zürich to Paris 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 Paris leave?

The first train from Zürich to Paris leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich to Paris leaves at 21:34. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Paris cover a distance of around 303 miles (488 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Zürich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Paris 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 11/03/2022 for travel on 11/03/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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