How to travel from Berlin to Zurich by train

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Berlin to Zürich / Zurich by train

Until March 1st:
Multiple routes taken by ICE trains are being altered)due to maintenance work closing the main north <> south high-speed line.
So that Germany and Zurich can remain linked by trains which won't have to be diverted on to slower, alternative routes, which risks delays, the trains which normally travel between Berlin and Bern are being diverted in Switzerland, so that they can head to Zurich.
So until March 1st there will be 5 x direct ICE trains per day from Berlin to Zurich.

After March 1st:
The only direct train from Berlin to Zurich is the Nightjet service, but there are two options for making the journey by day with only one connection.
The fastest and easiest of which is travel via Basel, the tick in the box for this route as there a minimum of two trains per hour from Basel to Zurich and tickets will be valid on any onward train.

The other route with one connection involves travelling via Munich, but it is typically an hour longer, which is why it hasn't been included below.
But if you can find an exceptionally cheap price on the route via Munich then book it.
The journey from Munich on to Zurich is also more scenic than the route via Basel.

Routes you can take to go from Berlin to Zürich / Zurich

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: travel direct on an overnight train

Route Information

Via stations: Basel Bad Bf and Basel SBB/Bâle CFF

Option 2: travel during the day and connect in Basel
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