Helpful Information

On this page you will find helpful information to plan your stay.

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The city

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland (380,500 inhabitants) and is home to one of the world’s largest global markets. Famous for its excellent quality of life, Zurich is situated in an enchanting position between the water and the mountains, the urban and the rural, and the city rises from the lake’s edge, and is a few kilometers away from the Alps. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and in the world.

Arrival in Zurich

Travelling from the airport to the city center

  • Zurich Airport lies next to the city of Zurich. From the underground train station take a train in the direction Zurich Main Station (Zürich HB).
    • Trip duration: 10-15 minutes.
    • Cost of the ticket: 6.60 CHF (one way).
    • Frequency of departures: one train every 10 minutes.
    For rides from the airport to the city or back, you need a ticket for three zones: 10 (counts double) and 21. If you already have a valid ticket for zone 10, buy a zone upgrade ticket for 1-2 zones (that's cheaper). The trip with the taxi takes about 20 minutes and costs around 50 CHF (= 35 €).
  • EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg: If your plane arrives at this airport, take the bus number 50 to travel from the airport to the train station (Basel SBB). Afterwards, you can take a train to Zurich Main Station (Zürich HB).
    • Trip duration: 110 minutes.
    • Cost of the ticket: 37 CHF (one way).
    • Frequency of departures: one train every 30 minutes.
  • Geneva International Airport: Basically, this airport lies in the opposite corner of Switzerland. The good news is that there is a train station right at the airport, and you can take a direct train to Zurich (Zurich HB) every half an hour.
    • Trip duration: 180 minutes.
    • Cost of the ticket: 90 CHF (one way).
    • Frequency of departures: one train every 30 minutes.

Please purchase your ticket before boarding the train at the appropriate automated machine or at the station’s ticket window (SBB CFF FFS).

Entering Switzerland

Foreign citizens wishing to enter Switzerland are required to respect the entry and customs regulations. In any case, they must be in possession of a valid travel document recognized by the Swiss authorities. In addition, a visa is required in certain cases.
Detailed information is available from the Federal Office for Migration (FOM), Swiss representations abroad and the competent cantonal authorities.

For more informations please consult this site: FAQ

Getting around the city

Zurich is easily managed by public modes of transportation (tram, bus, train and boat) so as to reach almost any corner of the city. To visit the city, you may purchase a one-day-pass (in German: Tageskarte), that includes unlimited, valid travel within the enter city center for a duration of 24 hours beginning from the time of purchase.

  • Price for a single ride tickets (valid one hour): 4.20 CHF.
  • Price for a return ticket (= one-day-pass, valid 24 hours): 8.40 CHF.

For rides from the airport to the city or back, you need a ticket for three zones: 10 (= City zone, counts double) and 21. If you already have a valid ticket for zone 10, buy a zone upgrade ticket for 1-2 zones (that's cheaper).