"Flughafen Zürich" is the largest airport in Switzerland. Most intercontinental flights arrive here. It's located 12 km from downtown Zurich. The airports offers lots of services, including many shops, car rental options, taxi services, a convention center, hotels and a health care unit.
Transportation from the airport to Zurich
The train station is conveniently located at the airport. It can be found at the lowest level: "L-2" right below the "Check-in 3" area at "L-1". It is a 10-minute train ride to the Zurich main station "Zürich HB". There are direct trains to many Swiss towns from the airport. If there's no direct train, you usually change at the main station. The main station is in the town center, at walking distance from many hotels and highlights.
Another option is to book a private or shared transfer from the airport to Zurich. This is convenient if you have a lot of luggage.
Several offices for rental cars can be found at "L1".
Transportation from the airport to selected destinations with SWISS Air Rail
Travelers who arrive at Zurich Airport with the airline SWISS can book a "SWISS Air rail ticket". This is a ticket that includes:
- a boarding pass for a flight to or from Zurich Airport;
- a train ride from Zurich Airport to Basel, Geneva or Locarno, or vice versa.
The train ticket is flexible. So if your plane is delayed and you miss your train, that's no problem: the ticket is valid all day long. SWISS plans to add more Swiss destinations.
Note that you don't need this offer if you already have a rail pass that covers your journey from or to Zurich Airport.
Public transport in Zurich
All public transport is free with a Swiss Travel Pass and several other rail passes. More information about traveling in Zurich can be found here.
Hotels near Zurich airport
There are many hotels very close to the airport. They're ideal for a comfortable late arrival or early departure. Many of the airport hotels offer a free shuttle bus ride to and from the airport.
As the Zurich city center is very close, you can easily stay in one of the hotels there as well. Hotels in the center and near the main rail station can be found here.