Flying in and out of Zurich
Getting to and from the airport which is on the outskirts of the largest city in Switzerland is very simple, thanks to a well-connected network of trains, municipal buses, inter-city coach transport, taxis and good parking. Valet parking is available, as well as a parking discount for those spending at least CHF60 in airport restaurants and shops. Limousines and taxi fares to the city start at CHF50. On the way back to the airport, limo (car) services offer VIP treatment including luggage transport and check-in assistance
A VBG regional bus station, reachable by foot, offers connecting services from the airport to surrounding suburbs and other towns in the region. A municipal bus takes you to and from Zurich: the one-hour ticket you need costs CHF6.
Swiss CFF rail company trains go to the airport, with all trains running via the Hauptbahnhof, Zurich’s main train station, and from there to the rest of Switzerland and Europe.
Public transport in Zurich
ZURICH MAIN STATION
If you’ve arrived in the city by rail or airplane, your entry point to the rest of Zurich is probably the main rail station. It’s large and busy, and with under 10 minutes to make most train connections, people are always rushing. If you have large bags step to the side with them while you organize yourself and work out your next move.
Do watch your bags and passports as distracted travelers in a busy city centre station are a target for pickpockets. That said, the Zurich Hauptbahnhof is relatively straightforward and people are generally helpful.
Next departures, with their tracks, are listed on a large overhead board in the middle of the station. Boards which list all trains, white for arrivals and yellow for departures, are located in several areas. When you’re leaving Zurich, note that this is the one Swiss city where the actual departure track is sometimes different from the one marked on your ticket or on the yellow board – be sure to check the big overhead board!
The train station is open to the city on three sides. Look for overhead signs for taxis, buses, and trams, and don’t be surprised that you have choices in different directions.
ONE-DAY CITY TRANSPORT PASS
The easiest way to travel in the city is with a one-day pass on Zurich’s public transport system, the VBZ. It costs CHF7.80 and gives you unlimited access to boats, trams, buses and cable cars. An unrestricted one-hour ticket costs CHF3.80, and is valid only during the day. All late evening mass transit in Zurich is subject to a surcharge of up to CHF5.
MUSEUM PLUS TRANSPORT
In Zurich, unlike other cities in Switzerland, all tickets must be validated before the first travel. Consider purchasing a Zurich card if you are visiting museums and other attractions as it also gives you free access to all mass transport in the region.
Your own car
If you decide to forego public transport and drive in town, plan on having plenty of coins handy, or consider purchasing a parking card which is valid for any city meter and several parking lots in the city.
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