Trains Paris to Zurich

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Rail Map - France

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Facts

Trains Paris <> Zurich

Booking horizon  3 months*
Duration 4h03
Distance  547km 
Direct trains Yes
First train Paris 07h23
Last train Paris 20h40
First train Zurich 00h08
Last train Zurich 23h36
Trains per day

5

Train company TGV
Station Paris Paris Gare de l'Est
Station Zurich Zurich HB

*TGV = 3 months (tickets for the summer are available from February)

Timetable

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The first train leaves at 07h23 from Paris Gare de Lyon to Zurich HB, the last train leaves at 20h40. The journey time is 4 hours and 3 minutes between the two cities. Each day around 5 trains run between Paris and Zurich. Here, at HappyRail, you can buy all cheap train tickets from Paris to Zurich!

Costs / Prices 

If you book early the cheapest fares for trains from Paris to Zurich start at € 59. If you wait to the last moment ticket prices rise to app. € 110-160

Sleeper / Overnight trains 

There are no  night trains running anymore between Paris and Zurich.  

Scenery 

The route from Paris to Zurich is through hilly scenery - you can see some high mountains in the distance as you approach Zurich. 

Travel by TGV

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Power sockets at seats on some TGV-services
     

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale

  • TGV - More info and photo's 

France by train - Train tickets & info

Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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Paris Gare de Lyon - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare de Lyon is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the TGV to Lyon, Marseille, Avignon, Montpellier, Zurich, Geneve and Milan. 

Nearby the station are some fine and affordable hotels. Around the station you will find a lot of restaurants and bistro's. In the station you can use the free Wifi. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-22h00 
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h24
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap free city bike at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 35 minutes, RER C
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 45 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 16 minutes, Metro 1
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Nord 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 6 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 50 minutes
  • Bike: 16 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 4 and RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz   

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 2 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

 

Paris Gare de Lyon - Hotels near the station

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  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare deLyon - Trains to Paris

Hotel Palym***

Opposite Paris Gare de Lyon. Classic hotel with modern and fancy rooms. Affordable.
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Hotel OFF Paris Seine****

Floating hotel, catamaran with swiming pool. Look over the Seine from your window. 
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Hotel Jules Cesar***

400m from the station. Typical Parisien hotel, simple, but comfortable. Rating 7+
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Paris Gare de Lyon - Rental cars

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Zurich HB - Info

Railway Station Zurich

The name of the main station of Zurich is Zurich HB. The station is located near the city centre. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: yes, SBB hotspot 
  • Lockers: yes 
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre 

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: -
  • Subway: -
  • Bus: - 
  • Tram: 5 minutes, Tram 4
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

Zurich HB - Hotels near the station

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Zurich HB - Rental cars

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