How To Get From Zurich Airport to City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on July 27th, 2021 at 01:54 pm

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We will write how to get from Zurich airport to city center. The distance from Zurich Airport to city center is 12 kilometers and the travel time from Zurich airport to city center is around 10 minutes by high speed train. The cheapest way from Zurich airport is by train €6 and if you go by taxi will be around 20 minutes and the taxi fare around €60. Read here how to get from Zurich airport to Vaduz.

You can also rent a car in Zurich airport or get a private transfer. And by bus I consider very expensive unless you get included as a free transfer from your hotel. Read here all the best Zurich tourist spots and Instagrammable places in Zurich. You’ll need your GPS to track your location for using apps read here Switzerland sim card for tourist, Basel airport to city center, how to get from Zurich airport to Lucerne, Zurich airport to Bern and how to get from Geneva airport to Montreux.

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Zurich Airport To City Center

Train From Zurich Airport To City Center

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The fastest, cheapest and best way from Zurich Airport to city center is by train. The train fare from Zurich airport is 6.80 CHF for adults and 3.40 CHF for children from 6 to 16 years and free under 6 years old. You can use the tickets for 60 minutes in other public transportation in Zurich and buy in the ticket machine at the airport. You can get for free from Zurich airport to city center if you have the Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card.

The Trains (S2, S16, S24) are leaving every 5-10 minutes, from 5 am until 12 30 am. The total travel time is 10-15 minutes from the airport to the main train station in Zurich. S trains are leaving from the underground railway station near the Terminals 1 and 2.

Tram Number 10

The Tram Number 10 is going from Zurich airport to city center every 15 minutes from 9 am to 9 pm. The total travel time by tram from the airport is 30-35 minutes and the tram fare is 6.80 CHF per adult for one way exactly the same like the train. You can get for free from Zurich airport to city center if you have the Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card. You can buy the tickets in the vending machines at the airport.

The tram is passing by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Zurich University before getting to city center. The tram option can be good if you are going to the North part of Zurich since you can get off in that area.

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Airport Shuttle Bus Zurich Airport To City Center

The Airport Shuttle Bus from Zurich airport to city center will take 30-40 minutes. The bus fare from Zurich airport to city center is 25 CHF per adult and free for children under 12 years old. Obviously I can’t recommend this option only if your hotel accommodation is offering as free transfer. Otherwise is useless since it takes longer and it’s much more expensive than the train.

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TAXI FROM ZURICH AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Zurich airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable and available 24/7. The travel time by taxi is around 20 minutes and the taxi fare from Zurich airport to city center is 70 CHF which is around €60. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM ZURICH AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Zurich. Prices are around €64 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €16 per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

RENTING A CAR IN ZURICH AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Zurich’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Zurich. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Zurich city center from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar available in the airport. Prices can be around €30-40 per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Zurich and countryside. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Zurich city center.

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WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH

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There’s no lack of hostels, backpacker inns, and budget hotels anywhere in Switzerland. These rooms can go anywhere between 50-100 CHF per night for accommodation in Switzerland. If you are looking for mid budget and luxury hotels prices are starting from 200-300 CHF.

There are also Airbnb for 60-80 CHF and you can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND

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On average a meal in a sit-down restaurant in Switzerland will cost around  20-40 CHF and that might not even include drinks. Breakfast will usually be cheaper and dinner will usually be the most expensive. 

Watch out for lunch specials and promos that many cafes offer, as this is one of  best ways to eat cheap. The other is things like kebabs, pizzas, Asian food, and small takeaways found near train stations can costs around 6-10 CHF.

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CASH AND ATM IN SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is one of the largest banking centers in the world. Credit cards are widely accepted. Cash will be needed for some small boutiques or perhaps for tips, but there will be no problems with any kind of payment in the country. The exchange rate €1 = 1.08 CHF.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is beautiful all year round. Timing your travel highly depends on what exactly you want to experience and, to a certain degree, how much cold you can tolerate. There are four seasons in Switzerland, and each one has its pros and cons.

Summer is the most crowded and winter if you are looking for sky resorts. We would say the best time to visit Switzerland is Autumn and Spring can be the least crowded and where you will find the best deals for accommodation.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!