How to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main

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from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main

You can get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main on Feb 08 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main

distanceDistance189 miles (305 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$28 - $663
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $28 (€24) • 7 h 39 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $663 (€573) • 3 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesLufthansa or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 189 miles (305 km) between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $28 (€24). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Lufthansa or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main.

How to Travel from Zurich to Frankfurt

Traveling from Frankfurt to Prague is possible by bus, train, and plane with journey times between 3½ to 10 hours. Flying is usually the quickest method of traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt, while taking the bus is by far the cheapest way to make the journey. Important departure points in Zurich include Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai, Hauptbahnhof, and Zurich airport. 

Zurich to Frankfurt Travel Comparison


Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€27

6:00 h

2 Months Ahead

trains

€87

4:00 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€354

0:55 h

2 Months Ahead



What is the best way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt?

Cheapest way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt with next-day bus tickets starting from €20. Zurich to Frankfurt buses depart from Zürich Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai and take at least 6 hours to arrive at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. There are over 20 buses traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt every day. Bus companies that travel from Frankfurt to Prague include Flixbus and Agat.


Fastest way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt


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The fastest way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt is by taking a flight. Flights traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt usually require only an hour of flight time; however, when transport to and from Frankfurt and Zurich's airports is taken into consideration, the journey will take approximately 3:25 h. Flights traveling from  Zurich to Frankfurt depart from Zürich Airport and land at Frankfurt Airport. Airlines traveling directly from Zurich to Frankfurt include Lufthansa, Swiss, and LAER.


Most popular way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt. Considering that traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt by train is cheaper than taking a flight and faster than taking the bus, it is unsurprising that most people choose to travel by train. However, taking a flight is also a popular option for travelers who want to travel from Zurich to Frankfurt quickly. All Zurich to Frankfurt trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn and take approximately 4 hours to arrive in Frankfurt. Some trains are direct, while many others require a transfer in Basel.



How to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main, 90,75% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Zürich to Frankfurt am Main and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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FAQs

Travel between Zurich, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany is: Unrestricted.

Can travelers from Switzerland enter Germany?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Frankfurt am Main from Zurich?

Conditions of entry into Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Germany has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 1/24/23. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey to Frankfurt am Main from Zurich.

The current restriction level for returning to Zurich, Switzerland from Germany is: Unrestricted.

Am I allowed to reenter Zurich, Switzerland from Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Reentering Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Zurich from Frankfurt am Main?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Zurich, Switzerland regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Switzerland must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 1/24/23. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Zurich from Frankfurt am Main here.

You can travel to Frankfurt am Main from Zurich 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $28 (€24) compared to other travel options to Frankfurt am Main:

Taking a bus is usually $254 (€220) less than taking a ferry to Frankfurt am Main, which costs on average $282 (€244) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is usually $635 (€549) less than taking a flight to Frankfurt am Main, which costs on average $663 (€573) for the same trip.

A bus is $53 (€46) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main costing on average $81 (€70).

The fastest way from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main is by flight with an average journey time of 3 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to Frankfurt am Main that can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 7 h 39 min   on average.

In comparison, traveling by ferry can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 7 h 53 min   on average.

The Zurich to Frankfurt am Main distance is around 189 miles (305 km).

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main is:

  • 5 buses a day.
  • Around 6 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main:

  • Buses mostly leave from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and tend to arrive in Frankfurt am Main, Flughafen (Terminal 1).
  • Flights mostly depart from Zurich Airport and arrive in Frankfurt am Main Airport.
  • Trains from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main most often leave from Zürich HB and arrive in Frankfurt (M) Flughafen Regionalbf.

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

  • Lufthansa can take you to Frankfurt am Main by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Lufthansa from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main for $663 (€573).
  • Deutsche Bahn can get you to Frankfurt am Main by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main for $81 (€70) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 3 direct buses per day to take to Frankfurt am Main with BlaBlaCar.
  • You'll find 2 direct trains a day to Frankfurt am Main with Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | ICE.

Direct services to Frankfurt am Main tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

Omio customers who travel from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Berlin or Munich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Frankfurt am Main and these popular destinations at a great price.

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $28 (€24) one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets are costing $282 (€244) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $663 (€573) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $81 (€70) one way on average.

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

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