Zurich to Athens or Zurich to Istanbul

Hello - my husband and I are going to Switzerland and then hooking up on a small cruise ship (yet to be found) to tour the Greek Islands. We will be starting at either Athens or Istanbul. Is it possible or practical to take a train? Thank you.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6840 posts

Ideally one would fly from Zurich to those locations. Zurich to Istanbul is a 44 hour journey with three changes. But if you're feeling adventurous and have the time, the train is an option.
These two sites will give you all the details:

http://rail.ch

http://www.seat61.com