Direct high speed trains mean that travelling by rail from Zurich to Paris is a very straightforward journey.
Final Destination: Paris
All trains also call at: Mulhouse-Ville
Most trains also call at: Dijon-Ville
At Zurich HB these trains will depart from gleis (platforms/tracks) 3 - 18, which are directly linked to the street level concourse.
5 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually 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.
Using rail passes
If you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass you can make significant savings on the rail pass reservation fees, by instead:
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €29|
|Save A Train||from €29|
|Rail Europe||from €29|
When travelling to cities north of Paris you will need to transfer across the French capital in order to catch trains from Paris Nord.
Though if you will be travelling from Zurich to the The Netherlands there is one ICE train per day that takes a Basel – Koln/Cologne – Utrecht – Amsterdam route; so connecting into this train at Basel SBB station is a much easier option than making the cross-Paris transfer.
This is a journey of four distinct parts.
1: The first part of the journey from Zurich to Mulhouse is on conventional tracks.
2. Between Mulhouse and Dijon there is a high speed line.
3. The train switches to conventional tracks north of Dijon - the most scenic part of the journey
4. Finally the train will travel on the high speed line north to Paris.
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