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.
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
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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €49|
|Save A Train||from €49|
|Happy rail||from €49|
This is a journey of four distinct parts.
1: Initially the train will travel on the high speed line south from Paris.
2. The train switches to conventional tracks north of Dijon - the most scenic part of the journey
3. Between Dijon and Mulhouse there is another high speed line.
4. The final part of the journey from Mulhouse to Zurich is on conventional tracks.
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