How to travel from Zurich to Paris

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To get from Zurich to Paris on Dec 01 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Zurich and Paris

distanceDistance303 miles (489 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$91 - $123
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $91 (€83) • 13 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $114 (€104) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Vueling or SNCF | TGV Lyria

Travel 303 miles (489 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Paris from Zurich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $91 (€83). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus, Vueling or SNCF | TGV Lyria among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Zurich to Paris.

Travel from Zurich to Paris: Journey Details

Flying is the fast and convenient method for traveling from Zurich to Paris, with direct flights taking just over 1 hour. Travelers can make the journey in just over 4 hours on high-speed TGV Lyria trains from Zurich's main rail station. Those looking for an affordable alternative might consider bus or car share services which can take from 7 to 11 hours.

Return trips from Paris to Zurich are also available.

How to get from Zürich to Paris

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Paris, 86,11% 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 Paris 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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Buses from Zurich to Paris

Flixbus operates a nightly direct buses from Zurich to Paris. An average journey takes between 10 and 11 hours and arrives in Paris for early morning. Eurolines also run buses each evening from Zurich to Paris Gallieni Port Bagnolet station. Bla Bla Car puts drivers in touch with passengers going the same way. The service is available from Zurich daily and the journey should take about 7 hours.

Trains from Zurich to Paris

High-speed TGV Lyria trains from Zurich to Paris take just over 4 hours to reach the center of Paris. A direct service leaves from Zurich HB early each morning for Paris Gare de Lyon and other services are available throughout the week. The fast early train calls at Basel, Mulhouse, and Belfort while later services may also stop at Dijon and take slightly longer. An alternative service bound for Paris Gare de l'Est also calls at Vesoul, Chaumont, and Troyes.

Flights from Zurich to Paris

Flights from Zurich to Paris are the easiest and fastest way to travel between the two cities. There are almost 70 flights per week from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and the average direct journey time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Passengers can fly direct with Swiss Air or choose flights with Niki with one stop at Vienna. Alternatively, Air Berlin offers flights to Paris Orly airport with one stop at Berlin Tegel Airport.

Walking Around in Paris

Paris is a lovely city of quiet beauty paired with scenic, breathtaking views. To experience everything that the 'City of Lights' has to offer, walking is a great way to explore. Start your walk in the city center at Place de la Concorde then proceed right into the heart of Paris, in the 8th arrondissement. The walk will then take you to the Louvre Museum. After you enjoy world famous art in the museum, you can get a dose of Paris culture and history in the surrounding gardens. Strolling along the banks of the Seine will leave you feeling refreshed and lead you to the historical Invalides. If you walk for about twenty minutes, you will reach the awe-inspiring Eiffel Tower, and can then proceed to the Parisian market. Here you can buy just about anything, from fresh vegetables to the best cheese Paris has to offer. A walk through the Le Marais will let you enjoy the vintage boutiques lining the streets. You can end the walk at the Pompidou and appreciate the contemporary art of Paris.


Coffee Shops in Paris

Coffee drinking is a timeless Parisian way of life, which has seen famous artists and writers such as Picasso and Guy de Maupassant taking their coffee breaks in traditional cafes. Contrary to modern practice, historic cafes such as Le Select, Café de la Paix and Café de Flore in Paris had cigarette smoke wafting through the air, as customers were served hot espresso and fresh baguettes. The emergence of third-wave coffee shops such as the famous Ob-La-Di Café, the charming Boot Café, and Fragments in the Marais neighborhood have since seen cigarette smoking being banned indoors, however the traditional atmosphere remains. Third-wave coffee shops incorporate a striking contemporary setting and offer a wide array of iconic pastries and desserts, including crepes, crème brulee, cake, macarons, profiterole, and the highly favored Parisian croissants. These are designed to satisfy different appetites, particularly for those who have a sweet tooth. Most third-wave coffee shops in Paris have in-house bakeries. The most significant similarity between traditional and third-wave coffee shops in Paris is that they incorporate both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Newspapers, journals, and magazines are provided to customers with outdoor sitting areas, allowing coffee enthusiasts to take in the sights and sounds of Paris as they enjoy their chosen delights.


Eating in Paris

The city of Paris is famous for being one of the top foodie destinations in the world. Paris is home to over one hundred Michelin star restaurants that produce some of the best dishes in the world. Food is an important part of the culture of Paris and great care is taken to make sure that every bite is savored and every meal celebrated. Eat like a local and pick up a croissant or any freshly baked pastry for breakfast, all of which can be enjoyed while walking through the streets of Paris. One of the best places to pick up a delicious pastry is from Angelina's, a small bakery on the Rue de Rivoli which has been in operation since 1903. The Parisians like to have a long lunch at one of the city's famous and authentic bistros, such as Le Patruche in the 9th arrondissement, or La Rotisserie in the 5th arrondissement. Book in advance for a dinner at L'Astrance where Chef Pascal Barbot creates unique dishes that are popular with both locals and international visitors. Try the buttermilk and burnt toast crumb soup for a taste sensation. Vegetarians and those with food allergies are well-catered for in Paris as well.


Best Time to Visit Paris

Paris is a cosmopolitan city, boasting a booming economy, proud cultural heritage, and numerous sights. Something interesting is always happening in Paris, the city of lights. For the avid traveler, there are many things to see all year round, but the best time to tour Paris is from June to August. The weather is perfect for exploring the outdoors, and the different colors in the squares and gardens of Paris are breathtaking during this time. Vacationers can always relax and have fun by the River Seine. Other summer activities include outdoor concerts and festivals. Spring is also a good time to visit Paris, when tourists can enjoy the blossoming flowers in many parks around the city. Spring stretches from March to May. The offseason, which is during fall and winter, is a rather quiet time of year to visit Paris. Some travelers take advantage of these months as there are thinner crowds. Travelers have a great opportunity to stroll around the Eiffel Tower without any rush or can peacefully admire the painting of Mona Lisa without waiting in a long queue. Whatever time of year you visit the city of lights, there are highlights that you should be sure to see during your trip.


Public Transport in Paris

Paris is one of the most visited European cities, and has countless attractions. Therefore, any visitor to Paris needs to be able to make the best of the opportunity and see as much of the city as possible. Getting around Paris is easiest via the city's intricate public transport system, the RATP. The city's public transport comprises of buses, the metro, RER lines, and Commuter Rails, though the metro is by far the most efficient mode of transportation in Paris. It operates from Monday to Sunday and has a total of 380 stations, allowing easy access to all Paris has to offer. The bus system in Paris is fantastic as well, as you can actually see the city while you ride and get accustomed to its layout. With 58 lines, Paris' bus services can take you anywhere in the city at a reasonable rate. Maps indicating bus routes are available at bus stations, as well as at the Metro stations. Buses generally function from 6:30 a.m. up to 8:30 p.m., with a few extending their services till after midnight. The RER lines and Commuter Rails are like the metro only with fewer dedicated lines. These are more useful for short journeys through the city center.


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FAQs

Travel from Zurich, Switzerland to Paris, France is: Unrestricted.

Is international entry into Paris from Zurich restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Paris, France from Zurich?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Paris, France?

The government of France has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

The above information was last verified on 11/6/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Zurich to Paris closer to your planned date of departure here.

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

Am I allowed to reenter Zurich, Switzerland from Paris, France?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Zurich from Paris?

  • 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 11/6/22. 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 Paris here.

You can travel between Zurich and Paris 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Paris from Zurich is by taking a bus with an average price of $91 (€83).

This is compared to other travel options to Paris:

Taking a bus is usually $23 (€21) less than taking a flight to Paris, which costs on average $114 (€104) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is about $33 (€30) less than taking a train, which costs on average $123 (€113) for this route.

The fastest way to get to Paris from Zurich is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Paris can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 13 h 25 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 4 h 4 min   on average.

Paris is approximately 303 miles (489 km) away from Zurich.

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Paris is:

  • Around 3 buses per day.
  • Around 5 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Zurich to Paris 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 when traveling from Zurich to Paris:

  • Most travelers who buy a bus ticket from Zurich to Paris depart from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) to Paris, Quai de Bercy (Bercy Seine).
  • Most travelers catch their flight from Zurich Airport and arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • Most travelers board their train from Zürich HB and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

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

  • You can travel between Zurich and Paris by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $91 (€83) with Flixbus from Zurich to Paris.
  • You can travel to Paris from Zurich by flight with Vueling. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $114 (€104) with Vueling from Zurich to Paris.
  • You can travel from Zurich to Paris by train with SNCF | TGV Lyria. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $123 (€113) with SNCF | TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris.

Yes, there are direct routes from Zurich to Paris with the following travel companies:

  • You can take a direct flight with Air France or Swiss.

Direct services to Paris 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.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Zurich to Paris often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like London, Barcelona or Amsterdam. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Zurich and Paris itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Paris and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $91 (€83) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $114 (€104) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $123 (€113) one way on average.

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

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