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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. 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.

Zurich Hb to Paris by train

It takes an average of 6h 21m 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 €36 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 4m
PriceFrom €36
Distance303 miles (488 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:34
Last train21:04
Departure stationZurich Hb
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Union Ivkoni (Bus)

Zurich Hb to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Paris for Tuesday 22nd June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:59 13:19 5h 20m, 2 changes
08:32 14:42 6h 10m, 1 change
08:59 14:08 5h 9m, 2 changes
09:59 15:28 5h 29m, 2 changes
09:59 16:01 6h 2m, 2 changes
12:34 16:38 4h 4m, direct
13:34 18:24 4h 50m, 2 changes
13:59 19:12 5h 13m, 2 changes
14:59 19:47 4h 48m, 2 changes
16:34 20:38 4h 4m, direct

TGV Lyria trains from Zürich HB to Paris

You can travel from Zürich 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.

PhotoChabe01, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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

The price of train tickets from Zurich Hb to Paris starts at €36 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 6 hours and 21 minutes, 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 4 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Zurich Hb to Paris can start from as little as €36 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.

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 3 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Paris each day. 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 06:34. 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 21:04. 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zurich Hb to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/22/2021. 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 03/13/2021 for travel on 03/13/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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