The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Brussels to Zurich is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 5 trains that leave Brussels for Zurich every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
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|Distance||306 miles (493 km)|
|Average train duration||14 h 4 min|
|Average train ticket price||$138 (€121)|
|Train frequency||8 a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCB | IC, TGV inOui or Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)|
Trains from Brussels to Zurich cover the 306 miles (493 km) long trip taking on average 14 h 4 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCB | IC, TGV inOui or Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB). Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $94 (€82), but the average price of train tickets is $138 (€121). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Zürich HB.
You can travel by train between Brussels and Zurich with Deutsche Bahn and SNCB for as low as $94 (€82). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Brussels to Zurich train.
While there are no direct services to Zurich from Brussels, traveling by train between the two cities is cost-effective compared to flying and much faster than making the journey by coach. There are six departures a day with journey times of between 7.5 and 8.5 hours plus one evening departure that involves several connections and an arrival mid-morning the following day. All departures are from Brussels-Midi Station with routes terminating at Zurich HB.
All routes to Zurich from Brussels are provided by Deutsch Bahn (DB). German-owned, this is the largest provider of rail services in the world, operating suburban, regional, intercity and international routes. Deutsche Bahn rolling stock is modern with comfortable and spacious carriages that offer toilets, Wi-Fi, baggage storage space, power outlets and catering services.
Most trains from Brussels to Zurich require one or two connections and have journey times of between 7.5 and 8.5 hours. Transfers are made at Cologne, Frankfurt or Mannheim stations. There is also one evening service that involves five connections, a much longer journey time and arrives the following day.
There are at least six trains a day to Zurich from Brussels with the first train departing in the early morning. The last fast route with just one or two connections leaves in the afternoon. A similar schedule is in place seven days a week although the first departure on Sundays is later.
Departure train station: All trains to Zurich from Brussels depart from the centrally located Brussels-Midi Station. This busy station is a main hub for intercity and international train services and is part of a transport network that includes taxis, local and long-distance buses and Metro trains. There is also a regular shuttle link from Brussels-Midi to Brussels Charleroi Airport. Among the station facilities are parking, Wi-Fi, left baggage storage, shops, bars and restaurants.
Arrival train station: Trains to Zurich from Brussels arrive at Zurich HB, the largest station in Switzerland and part of a transport network of local buses and trains as well as trams. Facilities at Zurich HB include cab ranks, parking, Wi-Fi, left baggage storage, shops, bars and restaurants.
Travel between Brussels, Belgium and Zurich, Switzerland by train is: Unrestricted.
International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Switzerland, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 3/22/23. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Brussels to Zurich before traveling.
Return travel from Switzerland to Belgium is: Unrestricted.
Entry into Belgium is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
Requirements for reentering:
The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 3/8/23. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to the travel date of your train to Brussels from Zurich.
When departing from Brussels, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Bruxelles-Midi, Brussels-Nord and Bruxelles-Central. When arriving in Zurich, you can end your journey in train stations like Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich Oerlikon.
Omio customers book a train from Bruxelles-Midi to Zürich HB most frequently for this route.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Bruxelles-Midi, is located 2 miles (3.2 km) from the city center of Brussels.
The most popular arrival train station, Zürich HB, is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away from the city center of Zurich.
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