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Getting from Zurich to Paris by train

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. 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.

Zurich Hb to Paris by train

It takes an average of 7h 01m to travel from Zurich Hb to Paris by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Zurich Hb to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 06m
Price€19 - €365.60
Distance303 miles (488 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
Departure stationZurich Hb
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Zurich Hb to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Paris for Saturday 11th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
19:10 Zürich HB09:37 Paris Gare de LyonEurocity 325 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets14h 27m, 1 change
20:00 Zürich HB09:48 Paris Gare de l’EstIC 60400 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets13h 48m, 3 changes
01:08 Zürich HB10:38 Paris Gare de LyonInterregio 2296 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets9h 30m, 2 changes
07:34 Zürich HB11:40 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9206 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 06m, direct
08:00 Zürich HB14:58 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 76 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets6h 58m, 1 change
09:34 Zürich HB15:09 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9210 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets5h 35m, 2 changes
11:34 Zürich HB15:40 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9218 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 06m, direct
12:00 Zürich HB17:36 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 72 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets5h 36m, 2 changes
13:34 Zürich HB17:41 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9222 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 07m, direct
15:34 Zürich HB20:42 Paris Gare de LyonTGV 9226 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets5h 08m, 2 changes

TGV Lyria trains from Zurich Hb to Paris

You can travel from Zurich Hb to Paris 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 Zurich Hb to Paris

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Paris start at €19 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 €154.85.
lowest price found
from19
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price117.69
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price122.80
on the day
avg. single price154.85

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 Zurich Hb 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 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Paris is 7 hours and 1 minute, with around 15 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 Zurich Hb and Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Paris is 4 hours and 6 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Paris can start from as little as €19 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 Zurich Hb to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Paris without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zurich Hb to Paris leaves at 05:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zurich Hb to Paris leaves at 22:03. 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 Zurich Hb and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zurich Hb to Paris.
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 Zurich Hb to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/07/2020. 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 06/07/2020 for travel on 04/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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