With high-speed daily TGV Lyria train services from Zurich to Paris, there’s no need to worry about lengthy airport transfers and traffic issues. A direct train will get you from the heart of the Swiss capital to the heart of the French capital in just over four hours. Upgrade to Business Class on the TGV Lyria for wide seats and gourmet food.
By choosing train travel for your journey, you can maximise your time exploring the City of Light, marvelling at the Eiffel Tower, and wandering around Le Marais. If you're visiting Paris to see the iconic sites the city is famous for, don't miss the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louvre. Head up to Sacre Coeur for amazing views over the city.
Plus it’s much more eco-friendly than flying or driving. Keen to find out more about this route? We’ve got all the details you need, including FAQs and train times, below.
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 Zurich Hb to Paris 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 Zurich Hb and Paris is 6 hours and 36 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Paris is 4 hours and 4 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Zurich Hb to Paris can start from as little as €25 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Paris without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zurich Hb to Paris leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zurich Hb 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.
Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Paris cover a distance of around 303 miles (488 km) during the journey.