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.
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.
- Compartment Seats
- Couchettes; 4 berths AND 6 berths
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.
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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.
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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