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from Zurich to Erfurt

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Travel Information between Zurich and Erfurt

distanceDistance273 miles (440 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$34 - $42
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $34 (€27) • 8 h 44 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $34 (€27) • 8 h 44 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 273 miles (440 km) by bus or train between Zurich and Erfurt. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 8 h 44 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $34 (€27). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Zurich to Erfurt.

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FAQs
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Erfurt, Germany if I’m coming from Zurich, Switzerland?

International travel from Zurich, Switzerland to Erfurt, Germany is: Partially open.

Can I enter Germany if coming from Switzerland?

Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Erfurt if traveling from Zurich?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What measures do I need to follow in Erfurt, Germany due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Germany must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 9/22/21; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip between Zurich and Erfurt.

Are there COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Zurich, Switzerland from Erfurt, Germany?

The restriction level for your return to Zurich, Switzerland from Germany is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Zurich from Erfurt restricted?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Zurich from Erfurt?

Conditions of reentry into Switzerland:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Zurich, Switzerland?

You should observe these safety measures in Switzerland as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Switzerland was last checked on 9/20/21. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Zurich from Erfurt closer to your date of departure here.

How do I go from Zurich to Erfurt?

There are 2 ways that you can travel between Zurich and Erfurt. You can take a bus or train.

How do I get from Zurich to Erfurt the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to get from Zurich to Erfurt is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $34 (€27) compared to other travel options to Erfurt:

A train is generally $9 (€7) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $42 (€34) from Zurich to Erfurt.

What is the fastest way from Zurich to Erfurt?

The fastest way to get to Erfurt from Zurich is by train with an average travel time of 8 h 44 min.

Other travel options to Erfurt can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 12 h 15 min   of travel time.

What is the distance between Zurich and Erfurt?

The distance from Zurich to Erfurt is approximately 273 miles (440 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Zurich to Erfurt?

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Erfurt is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Erfurt from Zurich as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Zurich? Where do I arrive in Erfurt?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Zurich to Erfurt:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai to Erfurt Hbf.
  • Most travelers take a train from Zürich HB to Erfurt Hbf.
Which travel companies can take me from Zurich to Erfurt?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Zurich to Erfurt, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can get you to Erfurt by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Flixbus from Zurich to Erfurt for $42 (€34) on Omio.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Erfurt by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Zurich to Erfurt tickets on Omio for $34 (€27).
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Zurich to Erfurt?
Your trip from Zurich to Erfurt doesn't have to end in Erfurt. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Frankfurt am Main or Munich. If you’d like to add Berlin, Frankfurt am Main or Munich to your Zurich to Erfurt tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Erfurt today!
How early should I book Zurich to Erfurt tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Zurich to Erfurt, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $42 (€34) one way.
  • Train tickets cost $34 (€27) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Zurich to Erfurt online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Zurich
Erfurt
Zürich HB
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