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from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main

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

Our recommendation

To get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main on Oct 21 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:37PMZürich HB4h31 10:08PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
2 changes
$591One-way
Cheapest
10:32PMZürich HB9h20 07:52AMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
6 changes
$321One-way
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06:59PMZürich HB4h09 11:08PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
0 changes
$671One-way
06:37PMZürich HB5h06 11:43PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
1 changes
$591One-way
08:37AMZürich HB5h03 01:40PMFrankfurt (Main) Süd
1 changes
$671One-way

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Thu
Oct 21
$32Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$466Swiss
Fri
Oct 22
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$624Swiss
Sat
Oct 23
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$623Swiss
Sun
Oct 24
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$467Austrian Airlines
Mon
Oct 25
$23Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
$466Swiss
Tue
Oct 26
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$466Swiss
Wed
Oct 27
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$467Swiss
Thu
Oct 28
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$467Swiss
Fri
Oct 29
$37Deutsche Bahn
$44Flixbus
$493Lufthansa Cityline
Sat
Oct 30
$34Deutsche Bahn
$37Flixbus
$467Austrian Airlines
Sun
Oct 31
$37Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
$467Swiss
Mon
Nov 1
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$493Lufthansa Cityline
Tue
Nov 2
$23Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
$407Lufthansa
Wed
Nov 3
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$407tab
Thu
Nov 4
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$407Swiss
Fri
Nov 5
$34Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
$407Lufthansa
Sat
Nov 6
$23Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
$407Swiss
Sun
Nov 7
$23Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
$347Swiss
Mon
Nov 8
$23Deutsche Bahn
$19Flixbus
$347Lufthansa
Tue
Nov 9
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$240tab

Travel Information between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main

distanceDistance189 miles (305 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$23 - $505
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $23 (€19) • 3 h 53 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $505 (€412) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, tab or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 189 miles (305 km) by bus, flight or train to Frankfurt am Main from Zurich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $23 (€19). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus, tab or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight 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
Is international travel between Zurich, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany allowed?

International travel from Zurich, Switzerland to Frankfurt am Main, 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 Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main, 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 10/19/21; 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 to Frankfurt am Main from Zurich.

Am I required to self-quarantine when I return to Zurich, Switzerland from Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

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

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Switzerland from Germany?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Switzerland from Germany?

Requirements for reentering 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
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Switzerland?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Switzerland to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

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

The above information about your return travel to Zurich, Switzerland was last verified on 10/15/21. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Zurich from Frankfurt am Main.

How do I get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 3 ways to travel between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main including taking a bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

The cheapest way to travel between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main is by taking a train with an average price of $23 (€19).

This is compared to other travel options to Frankfurt am Main:

Taking a train is about $1 (€1) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $24 (€20) for this journey.

A train is generally $482 (€393) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $505 (€412) from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main.

What is the fastest way from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

The fastest way from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.

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

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 7 h.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 3 h 53 min   of travel time.

How far is Frankfurt am Main from Zurich?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • 12 trains a day.

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

Where do I depart from Zurich? Where do I arrive in Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai and arrive in Frankfurt am Main, Hbf.
  • Most travelers who buy a plane ticket from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main depart from Zurich Airport to Frankfurt am Main Airport.
  • Most travelers who purchase a train ticket from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main depart from Zürich HB to Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen.
Who can get me from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main:

  • You can travel between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $24 (€20) with Flixbus from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main.
  • You can take a flight from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main with tab. Cheap tickets can be found for $505 (€412) with tab from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main.
  • You can travel between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $23 (€19) with Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main.
Is there a way to travel directly from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • You can book a direct flight with Lufthansa Cityline or Swiss.

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 route.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main ends?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Paris or Munich. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Zurich and Frankfurt am Main itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Frankfurt am Main and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I buy tickets between Zurich and Frankfurt am Main online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route is costing $24 (€20) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket for this journey is costing $505 (€412) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this trip is costing $23 (€19) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Zurich to Frankfurt am Main tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey