Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking for the fastest way using the normal public transport options (plane, train, etc.) from Zurich to Eindhoven in Autumn. Flying seems not really to be a option since there seem to be no flights from Switzerland to Eindhoven. The trains that I could find take around 12 hours or even longer and require to change trains a couple of times. The best option I could find so far is flying to Amsterdam and taking a train to Eindhoven, but is there any other option I'm not aware of?

share|improve this question
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 7 down vote accepted

No. The option you mention is by far the fastest. Fly directly from Zurich to Amsterdam. Swiss has four flights per day. This takes 1h30. Then take a train from the Schiphol airport to Eindhoven. That's another 1h30. There are plenty of (direct) trains between Schiphol and Eindhoven. Add the time in between to get luggage, go to the train etc. And you are done.

If you comply to traffic regulations, you won't be faster by car (taxi or rental car) on the Schiphol-Eindhoven leg.

There are also direct flights from Brussels to Zurich. Brussels Airport is a 1h30 drive (by car) from Eindhoven. The train takes at least 2h45 and you have to change 2 or 3 times. Cologne and Düsseldorf are even further apart. Maastricht, Rotterdam and Antwerp do not have direct flights to Zurich.

And this brings us back to Amsterdam ;-)

share|improve this answer
add comment

It's a matter of personal preference, of course, but I'd probably take the train. First airplane and then train sounds like a lot of hassle (check-in, check-out, transport, etc.). Also, you could get into trouble if the airplane is delayed and you miss the train you have booked.

On September 12th, for example, there are various eight hour train connections, but then one has to change at least three times, which can be risky.

However, on bahn.de (screen shot in German), I found one connection where you only have to change twice. Granted, it takes ten hours, but trains should be comfortable (ICE) and you have one and a half hours to kill in Frankfurt, not the worst place.

Don't forget to check other days. September 12th was just a random example of a day in autumn.

just two changes

share|improve this answer
    
There is no need to book train tickets in adavance in the Netherlands. On the vast majority of the trains it is even not possible t book in adavnce. Just go to the station, buy a ticket and take the next train. –  PERSONA NON GRATA Apr 26 '13 at 5:29
    
Regarding the train connection you propose: only 8 minutes in Utrect. That's a very tight connection an you might miss it –  PERSONA NON GRATA Apr 26 '13 at 5:31
1  
And ICEs are not always comfortable, a lot of them are quite fault-prone :) –  RoflcoptrException Apr 26 '13 at 8:38
    
Indeed, 8 minutes is not much to change. On the other hand, the train ticket from Zürich to Eindhoven guarantees that you will get to your destination. So if you miss IC861 due to a delay of ICE124, then you can just take the next train without surcharge. In Germany, because of a train delay, Deutsche Bahn once even paid me a taxi ride from Karlsruhe to Strasbourg (more than 80 km). –  feklee Apr 26 '13 at 12:12
    
Anyway, the connection from Utrecht to Eindhoven is not the bottleneck, unless you arrive at asocial hours. During the day there are at least 2 to 3 trains per hours on this route. –  PERSONA NON GRATA Apr 26 '13 at 16:55
show 1 more comment

One train option that can be quite economical, and save you some time is to take the night train. There is a daily night train from Zürich to Amsterdam. Take that train as far as Utrecht, and take an IC to Eindhoven from there. The "CityNightline" night train has very good deals if you buy sufficiently in advance. You leave Zürich in the evening, and you're in Eindhoven the next day in the morning.

share|improve this answer
add comment

According to Rome2Rio going through Amsterdam or Dusseldorf are your two quickest options.

NB: pedantic sidenote: There is also this option of going from Zurich (the Netherlands) to Eindhoven which would take you 3.5 hours by public transport.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.