How to travel from Zurich to Vienna

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from Zurich to Vienna

You can get from Zurich to Vienna by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

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

10:00AMZürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai9h50 07:50PMWien, Westbahnhof Europaplatz
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10:00AMZürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai9h50 07:50PMWien, Westbahnhof Europaplatz
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08:00AMZürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai9h50 05:50PMWien, Westbahnhof Europaplatz
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11:33AMZürich HB7h57 07:30PMWien Südtiroler Platz (Tiefgeschoß Straßenbahn)
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10:40AMZürich HB7h50 06:30PMWien Südtiroler Platz (Tiefgeschoß Straßenbahn)
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Travel Information to Vienna from Zurich

distanceDistance366 miles (591 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$47 - $148
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $47 (€43) • 11 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $148 (€135) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Air Baltic or ÖBB | Nightjet

Travel 366 miles (591 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Vienna from Zurich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $47 (€43). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus, Air Baltic or ÖBB | Nightjet among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Zurich to Vienna.

Travel from Zurich to Vienna: Journey Details

Getting to Austria's beautiful capital city is easy for anyone coming from Zurich. If you are not in a hurry or want a budget option, buses leave every day and take around 11 hours. Trains are slightly faster and also run on a daily basis. However, anyone on a tight schedule will want to catch a flight from Zurich to Vienna. At 1 hour 25 minutes, the flight time is far quicker than land-based travel options and there are plenty of flights to pick from every day.

Return trips from Vienna to Zurich are also available.

How to get from Zürich to Vienna

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Vienna, 59,61% 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 Vienna 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 Vienna

Both Flixbus and Eurolines run regular buses from Zurich to Vienna, with travel options every day of the week. However, Flixbus offer far more choices, with early morning, mid-morning and late afternoon departure times. All buses leave from the bus station at Sihlquai and get into Vienna's Erdberg Bus Terminal, and the journey takes 11 hours. A change may also be needed, usually in Wurzburg.

Trains from Zurich to Vienna

Trains are a great way to reach Vienna from Zurich, with daily services provided by OBB Railjet. OBB's first train of the day leaves Zurich Hauptbahnhof at 8:40 a.m., and the last train leaves at 12:40 p.m. Direct trains take 7 hours 40 minutes to reach Vienna's Hauptbahnhof, but some services require a brief change, adding an hour onto the journey time.

Flights from Zurich to Vienna

Flights from Zurich to Vienna are provided by Niki, Austrian Airlines and Swiss Air, and there are hourly departures every day of the week. The earliest flight leaves Kloten Airport just after 7:00 a.m. and gets into Vienna International Airport just 1 hour 25 minutes later. No changes are needed en route, and all planes fly direct.

Travel Tips: Travel from Zurich to Vienna

Travel Tips: Travel to Vienna easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Zurich to Vienna.

International travel from Zurich, Switzerland to Vienna, Austria is: Unrestricted.

Can I enter Austria if coming from Switzerland?

Entry into Austria is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Vienna, Austria due to the pandemic?

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

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

The information above was last checked on 11/17/22; 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 Vienna from Zurich.

The restriction level for your return to Zurich, Switzerland from Austria is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Zurich from Vienna restricted?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Austria.

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

Conditions of reentry into Switzerland:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

This information about your return travel to Switzerland was last checked on 11/6/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Zurich from Vienna closer to your date of departure here.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Zurich to Vienna is by taking a bus with an average price of $47 (€43).

This is compared to other travel options to Vienna:

A bus is generally $101 (€92) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $148 (€135) from Zurich to Vienna.

Taking a bus is about $61 (€56) less than taking a train, which costs on average $108 (€99) for this journey.

The fastest way from Zurich to Vienna is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 20 min.

There are alternative travel options to Vienna that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 11 h   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Vienna by train can take on average 7 h 50 min.

You should expect to travel around 366 miles (591 km) between Zurich and Vienna.

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Vienna is:

  • 5 buses per day.
  • 4 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Zurich to Vienna 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 Vienna:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and arrive in Vienna, International Busterminal (VIB).
  • Most travelers take a flight from Zurich Airport to Vienna International Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from Zürich HB to Wien Westbahnhof.

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

  • Flixbus can take you to Vienna by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Zurich to Vienna for $47 (€43).
  • Travel with Air Baltic to go to Vienna by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Air Baltic Zurich to Vienna tickets on Omio for $148 (€135).
  • Travel with ÖBB | Nightjet for trains to Vienna. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for ÖBB | Nightjet Zurich to Vienna tickets on Omio for $108 (€99).

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

  • You'll find 4 direct trains a day to Vienna with ÖBB.

Direct services to Vienna 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.

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

Before traveling from Zurich to Vienna, 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 trip costs on average $47 (€43) one way.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $148 (€135) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket costs $108 (€99) one way on average for this route.

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

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