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Travel from Zürich to Paris by train in 4 hours 4 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Zürich to Paris by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Zürich to Paris by train is 6 hours 33 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 4 hours 4 minutes. Around 18 trains per day travel the 303 miles (488 km) between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Paris. As the main train operator on this route, you'll probably be travelling on a TGV Lyria service for all or at least part of your journey to Paris.

Book train tickets from Zürich to Paris in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from €25.00. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Zürich to Paris by train

It takes an average of 6h 33m to travel from Zürich to Paris by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (488 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 4m
PriceFrom €25
Distance303 miles (488 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train00:08
Last train21:34
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Flixbus

Zürich to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Paris for Dienstag 27. September 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:34 11:02 4h 28m, direct
08:34 13:05 4h 31m, 2 changes
08:59 14:17 5h 18m, 2 changes
10:36 15:35 4h 59m, 2 changes
10:53 15:35 4h 42m, 3 changes
12:34 17:05 4h 31m, 2 changes
13:34 18:05 4h 31m, 2 changes
14:34 18:40 4h 6m, direct
14:59 19:41 4h 42m, 2 changes
16:34 20:38 4h 4m, direct

TGV Lyria trains from Zürich to Paris

You can travel from Zürich 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 Zürich to Paris

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Paris starts at €25 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 Zürich 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 Zürich 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 Zürich to Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Paris is 6 hours and 33 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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Paris is 4 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Zürich 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.

Is there a direct train from Zürich to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Paris without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Zürich 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 Zürich to Paris leave?

The first train from Zürich to Paris leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Zürich to Paris leave?

The last train from Zürich 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.

What's the distance between Zürich and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich 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 Zürich. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zürich to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. 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 11/03/2022 for travel on 11/03/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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