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Zürich / Zurich to Zagreb by train

How to take the rail journey from Zurich to Zagreb

The only direct train from Switzerland to both Croatia and Slovenia is the overnight train service, 'The Alpine Pearl'.
When the usual timetable is operating it is the first sage of the journey by train from Zurich to Athens and Istanbul.



From Zürich HB / Zurich main station to Zagreb Glavni kolodvor

Travel Information

This train is scheduled to depart from Zurich HB at 20:40 and arrive in Zagreb Glavni Kolod. at 10:43.

Final Destination: Zagreb

This train also calls at: Jesenice (arrives at 07:05), Lesce-Bled (arrives at 07:30) and Ljubljana (arrives at 08:13).

1 x train per night


Book early and save: Yes

Oline purchase not available so you will need to contact the SBB Contact Center on 0848 44 66 88

This train is named 'Alpine Pearls' and is provided by Croatian Railways.
It comprises;

- Compartment Seats 
- Couchettes; 4 berths AND 6 berths

  • Standard sleeping cars with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
    It does not convey deluxe sleeping cabins with showers.

Click the train details for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding this train.

The reservations can be arranged and paid for at the SBB Travel desk in Zurich HB station - ideally do this when you first arrive at Zurich HB station on the preceding train on your itinerary or use the Eurail/InterRail reservation service.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesNightRiver views

Good to Know

At Zurich HB station, on the departure screens, you may only see a train leaving at 20:40 that's heading to Graz if you do, that info will also be for this train.
The coaches heading to Zagreb are joined to the train heading to Graz on departure from Zurich HB.

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For the final couple of hours of the train will be travelling through the spectacular Sava River gorge.
So after Ljubljana it's worth opening the blinds to take in the views if you're on the right of the train

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