Between Olten and Zurich

Paris to Zürich / Zurich by train

How to take a train journey from the capital of France to Switzerland's largest city

Direct high speed trains mean that travelling by rail from Paris to Zurich is a very straightforward journey.

Connect in Zurich for Swiss destinations with no direct trains from the French capital including Chur, St Gallen and Zug.
Also connect in Zurich to Austrian Railjet trains heading to St. Anton, Landeck and Innsbruck.

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Routes

From Paris Gare de Lyon/Paris Lyon to Zürich HB / Zurich main station

Travel Information

Note that these trains depart from the Gare De Lyon in Paris.

Final Destination: Zurich,

All trains also call at: Mulhouse-Ville, Basel SBB

Most trains also call at: Dijon-Ville

6 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date.

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, then this is a journey for which it's worth signing up to the ticket availability notification service on SNCF Connect
Do that and you'll receive an email within moments of the tickets being released for sale.
It's worth doing, as this is a journey on which the very cheapest tickets tend to sell out particularly fast.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
There can be particularly big discrepancies per train on this route.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.

The TGV-Lyria trains are the only direct trains from Paris to Switzerland.

However, if you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass, which is valid in both France and Switzerland, the rail pass reservation fees for the Lyria trains are comparatively expensive.
For info on how you can avoid paying these fees, click on the TGV-Lyria train guide.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €49

Trainline Guide

SNCF Connect from €49

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Save A Train from €49

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €49

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

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Journey Features

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