An introduction to Zurich
Zurich – World Class. Swiss Made.
Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and the modern, constantly changing urban quarters.
Nature lovers seeking fresh air and green open spaces will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake, in its abundant expanses of forest and parkland, and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.
In addition, the vibrant nightlife, offering the widest choice of entertainment facilities in Switzerland, is perfectly suited to night owls and the young-at-heart.
How to get to Zurich from the main airport
To the City Center in Just 10 Minutes
Depending on the traffic, the fastest way to get to the center of Zurich is by train. Trains run daily from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station every 5–10 minutes between around 5.00am and 0.30am. In addition, the S-Bahn lines S2 und S16, as well as various regional and InterCity trains, will take you to Zurich Main Station – and thus the city center – in just 10 minutes.
Tickets and Fares
- The journey from Zurich Airport to central Zurich passes through three fare zones of the Zurich Transport Network (ZVV).
- A single ticket (2nd class) to Zurich City costs CHF 6.60 for adults and CHF 3.30 for children (aged 6–16).
- A day pass, valid for 24 hours, costs for these three fare zones CHF 13.20 (adults) or CHF 6.60 (children aged 6–16).
- Tickets can be purchased from the SBB ticket machines in the Arrival halls, as well as at the SBB travel center or the Switzerlandinfo+ counters.
Train Stations in the City of Zurich with Direct Connections to Zurich Airport
|Train Station||Travel Time from the Airport||Near to…|
|Oerlikon||4 minutes||Hallenstadion, Theater 11|
|Hardbrücke||8 minutes||Prime Tower, Viadukt, Schiffbau|
|Zurich Main Train Station||10 – 15 minutes||National Museum, Bahnhofstrasse, Old town, Tourist Service|
|Stadelhofen||15 minutes||Opernhaus, Bellevue, Lake Zurich, Grossmünster chuch, Kunsthaus, Old town|
|Enge||17 minutes||Kongresshaus, Tonhalle|
|Tiefenbrunnen||18 minutes||Zürichhorn, NONAM|
A Leisurely Ride into the City by Streetcar
If you would like to see something of the city on your journey from the airport into Zurich, the best way to do so is by taking the streetcar. The ride on Line 10 from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station takes approximately 35 minutes and goes past the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and Zurich University.
With the ZürichCARD, you can enjoy free, unrestricted second class travel on all public transportation in the City of Zurich and adjacent zones (including the airport). It also entitles you to numerous price reductions in, among other things, Zurich’s museums, restaurants and stores. The cost of a ZürichCARD is already covered by, for example, the return trip between the airport and Zurich Main Station and the reduction on a Guided City Walk.
- ZürichCARD for 24 hours: CHF 24
- ZürichCARD for 72 hours: CHF 48