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Train from London to Zürich

River cruising in Zurich
Photo © www.zuerich.com / Zürich Tourism


Route: London to Zürich via Paris
Journey time: From 7 hrs 35 mins
Journey highlights:

Renowned for its quality of life and cultural offer, Zurich is a thriving international business centre and Switzerland’s dynamic largest city. With panoramic Alpine views from its lakeside position, Zurich offers a relaxed, healthy outdoor lifestyle combined with a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene (over 1,500 restaurants offer cuisine from around the world), and a vast number of museums and galleries. A university city with a history dating back before the Romans, Zurich is at once young and ancient – and it wears its past proudly in its architectural heritage. Whether you come for the culture, the lifestyle, or just for business, there is plenty to enjoy in the beating heart of Switzerland.


Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris

Sample itinerary: Take the 1025 Eurostar from London St Pancras, arriving in Paris at 1347, you can connect to the 1424 TGV to complete the journey to Zürich.
Price: From £114 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.


Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer A short 10-minute walk from Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est. Exit Gare du Nord, turn left then at the main intersection turn right (slightly downhill) along Rue du Fauberg Saint-Denis for about 400m then left along Rue de Chabrol to Gare de L'Est. Alternatively it is one stop on the metro line - from the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for Metro line M4 to Gare de L'Est (which is signposted 'direction Porte d'Orléans').

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 25 minutes
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est
Leg 2:

Paris Gare de Lyon to Zurich

Departs at 0615, 0823, 1023 (not Sunday), 1423, 1623, 1823.

Frequency of service: 6 trains per day (5 trains on Sunday).


Journey time: From 4 hrs 11 mins

Willkommen in Zürich. To book tickets on Switzerland's impressively well organised network of over 20,000 km of rail, bus and boat routes go to: Travel by train in Switzerland.

Zurich Hauptbahnhof is the city’s main point of arrival for mainline and international rail services, and is one of the world’s busiest railway stations. A hub of S-bahn, tram, bus, and trolley lines, it is well connected for travel across the rest of the city, and its central location at the northern tip of the old town puts the station within easy walking distance of much of central Zurich.

Despite being Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich remains a compact, manageable place and the central area is very walkable – your feet could be your best option for getting around. However, its (renowned) dense and comprehensive public transport system means that if you want or need to make a hop by bus, trolley, tram, or s-bahn (suburban rail), it’s definitely possible.

Zurich’s trams, trolleybuses and buses are operated by VBZ (Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich), but whilst the S-bahn railway network is separately run, the same tickets, travelcards and fares apply across the city’s transport network – which is collectively known as ZVV. The ZVV website has a map of the Zurich area’s train network, with bus and boat connections, a detailed map of all transport in the city of Zurich and a useful journey planner. If you’ll be using public transport a lot and intend to visit several of the city’s museums and attractions, it might be worth considering buying a Zurich Card for the duration of your stay – it offers unlimited travel as well as free entry into most museums, and a range of other offers and discounts.

You could also consider cycling in Zurich as a way of getting around: relatively compact and with good segregated bike lanes, the city offers a bike sharing scheme called Zurich on Wheels that allows you to borrow bikes totally free of charge (deposit of 20 swiss francs) between May and October.

Book a hotel near Zürich Hauptbahnhof

Your route to Zürich

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.