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About the journey from Paris to Zurich Hb

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.

  • All trains depart from either Paris Gare de Lyon or Paris Gare de l’Est.
  • All trains arrive into Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Hb) station.

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.

Paris to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 7h 02m to travel from Paris to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Paris to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from €29 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 05m
Price€29 - €306.80
Distance303 miles (488 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationZurich Hb
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Paris to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Zurich Hb for Friday 7th Aug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:21 Paris Gare de Lyon11:26 Zürich HBTGV Duplex Lyria 9203 SNCF Get tickets4h 05m, direct
07:55 Paris Gare de Lyon14:30 Zürich HBTGV Duplex Lyria 9261 SNCF Get tickets6h 35m, 1 change
07:58 Paris Gare de l’Est13:26 Zürich HBTGV INOUI 2407 SNCF Get tickets5h 28m, 2 changes
09:04 Paris Gare de l’Est16:00 Zürich HBTGV INOUI 9551 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets6h 56m, 1 change
10:04 Paris Gare de l’Est15:26 Zürich HBICE 9573 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 22m, 2 changes
12:20 Paris Gare de Lyon16:26 Zürich HBTGV Duplex Lyria 9213 SNCF Get tickets4h 06m, direct
12:54 Paris Gare de l’Est18:26 Zürich HBTGV INOUI 2421 SNCF Get tickets5h 32m, 2 changes
13:54 Paris Gare de l’Est19:26 Zürich HBTGV INOUI 9575 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 32m, 2 changes
14:28 Paris Gare de l’Est20:00 Zürich HBICE 9563 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 32m, 2 changes
16:21 Paris Gare de Lyon20:26 Zürich HBTGV Duplex Lyria 9219 SNCF Get tickets4h 05m, direct

TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Zurich Hb

You can travel from Paris to Zurich Hb on TGV Lyria 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).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb

Train tickets from Paris to Zurich Hb start at €29 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 €163.22.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price129.52
on the day
avg. single price163.22

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 Paris to Zurich Hb 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Zurich Hb? 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 Paris to Zurich Hb take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Zurich Hb is 4 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Zurich Hb cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Zurich Hb?

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.

What time does the first train from Paris to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Paris to Zurich Hb leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Paris to Zurich Hb leave?

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.

What's the distance between Paris and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Zurich Hb.
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 Paris to Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/08/2020. 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 03/08/2020 for travel on 21/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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