You can get from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus or flight.
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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|Distance||189 miles (305 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, ferry, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||$28 - $663|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $28 (€24) • 7 h 39 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $663 (€573) • 3 h 5 min|
|Popular travel companies||Lufthansa 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Travel between Zurich, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany is: Unrestricted.
International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.
Conditions of entry into Germany:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Germany has imposed the following measures:
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.
Reentering Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
All travelers returning to Switzerland must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:
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:
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:
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:
Yes, there are direct routes from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main with the following travel companies:
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.
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:
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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