The train is a stress-free way to travel from Interlaken to Zurich. While there are no direct services, the majority of services require just one change at Bern. The fastest services take 1h 58m, with 42 trains per day running between Interlaken and Zurich. The first train leaves at 04:40 and the last train at 23:00, and you’ll arrive into the heart of the city at Zurich Main Station. If you’re heading to Zurich Airport, it’s super-easy to jump on a connecting train from the station. There are train services running every few minutes throughout the day which take just 10m to reach the airport meaning you can fly home easily from your Swiss holiday.
If you haven’t got a flight to catch, why not take the longer, scenic train route from Interlaken to Zurich? It takes 2h 52m and involves a change at Lucerne, rather than Bern, but the views along the way are stunning. The leg from Interlaken to Lucerne takes you through the Brünig mountain pass, during which you’ll climb to 1000m above sea level into beautiful Alpine surroundings. Learn more about scenic trains in our handy guide on the best scenic train journeys in Switzerland.
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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 Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb 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 Interlaken Ost and Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 8 minutes, with around 40 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 Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb is 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €47.60 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
No, there are no direct train services from Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb. Travelling from Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb leaves at 04:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb leaves at 23:00. 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 Interlaken Ost to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 57 miles (92 km) during the journey.