How to get from Essen to Zurich

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Travel Information between Essen and Zurich

distanceDistance290 miles (468 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£39 - £123
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £39 • 16 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £123 • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Eurowings Europe or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 290 miles (468 km) by coach, flight or train to Zurich from Essen. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £39. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Flixbus, Eurowings Europe or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight or train from Essen to Zurich.

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Travel to Zurich easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Essen to Zurich.

International travel from Essen, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland is: Fully open.

Can I enter Switzerland if coming from Germany?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Zurich if travelling from Essen?

Conditions of entry:

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

What measures do I need to follow in Zurich, Switzerland due to the pandemic?

All travellers in Switzerland must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 09/05/2022; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey to Zurich from Essen.

The restriction level for your return to Essen, Germany from Switzerland is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Essen from Zurich restricted?

Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Essen from Zurich?

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Essen, Germany?

You should observe these safety measures in Germany as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Germany was last checked on 20/05/2022. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Essen from Zurich closer to your date of departure here.

There are 3 ways to get from Essen to Zurich: coach, flight or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Essen to Zurich. Tickets for a coach cost on average £39.

This is compared to other travel options to Zurich:

A coach is about £84 less than a flight, which costs on average £123 for this route.

A coach is generally £10 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £49 from Essen to Zurich.

The fastest way from Essen to Zurich is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 5 min.

Other travel options between Essen and Zurich can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 16 h 45 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 6 h 2 min.

The distance between Essen and Zurich is around 290 miles (468 km).

The average frequency per day from Essen to Zurich is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Essen and Zurich as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Essen to Zurich:

  • Coaches mostly leave from Essen, ZOB am Hauptbahnhof and tend to arrive in Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai.
  • Trains most often depart from Essen at Essen Hbf and arrive in Zurich at Zürich HB.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Essen to Zurich, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can take you to Zurich by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Essen to Zurich for £39.
  • Travel with Eurowings Europe to go to Zurich by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Eurowings Europe Essen to Zurich tickets on Omio for £123.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Zurich by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Essen to Zurich tickets on Omio for £49.

Yes, there are direct services available to Zurich from Essen with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct flights per day with Eurowings or Swiss.
  • You'll find 10 direct trains per day with Deutsche Bahn.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Zurich as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Essen and Zurich.

Omio customers who travel from Essen to Zurich often also extend their holiday to go to Paris, Milan or Munich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Zurich and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Essen to Zurich, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this journey is on average £39 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is £123 one way on average for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket for this trip is on average £49 one way.

But we recommend booking Essen to Zurich tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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