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London to Zurich by train
Fastest journey7hr 25m
Trains per day16
Avg. journey time11hr 16m
Travelling from London to Zurich by train
Fast trains from London to Zurich take around 7 hours and 25 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 777 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Zurich.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Zurich?
Journeys between London and Zurich usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 24 departures on the route from London to Zurich every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Zurich?
The London to Zurich train travel time is normally about 7 hours and 25 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Zurich train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Zurich is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 20:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 20:31.
What's the London to Zurich train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Zurich are $260.03.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $216 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $260. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Zurich train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Zurich by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Zurich?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Zurich, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV Lyria
It is an easy journey by train from London to Zurich. The route favoured by most travellers is via Paris. The journey starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to the French capital, where you change stations. At the Gare de Lyon in Paris, you join a TGV Lyria train for the onward journey to Zurich.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Zurich
The route runs via Burgundy and the Franche-Comté region, using the new Dijon to Belfort line which opened in late 2011. Trains on the Paris to Zurich route all make two intermediate stops in France before crossing the Swiss border at Basel (Bâle in French) where all trains stop. From Basel, they run non-stop to Zurich.
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