The average train journey time from Paris to Zurich Hb is 6h 23m, although it takes just 4h 2m on the fastest direct TGV Lyria services. There are around 20 trains per day running from Paris in France to Zurich Hb in Switzerland, the first train leaves Paris Gare de Lyon at 07:23 and the last train leaves at 20:48.
High-speed TGV Lyria trains provide excellent views of the French countryside which you’ll never get from a plane. Make sure you book a spot on the top deck of your double-decker TGV train to take it all in.
Arriving into Zurich HB station, you’ll be at the heart of Switzerland’s biggest city. Lindenhof Hill is just a half-mile walk away – once the site of a Roman fort and providing excellent views over the city. Soccer fans would be remiss not to pay a visit to the FIFA World Cup Museum, accessible via the regional S-Bahn train service.
So, ready to travel? Cast your eyes down this page for useful journey information, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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).
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 Paris 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 Paris and Zurich Hb is 7 hours and 2 minutes, with around 19 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 Paris to Zurich Hb is 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €29 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 Paris to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Paris to Zurich Hb. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Zurich Hb leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Zurich Hb leaves at 20:45. 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 Paris to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 303 miles (488 km) during the journey.