Explore Zurich by Public Transportation

The simplest way to get around in Zurich is by local public transportation – by tram, bus, train, or boat.

In the city of Zurich, you can find a tram or bus stop every 300 meters (1,000ft) or so. At each stop, there is a ticket machine and a zone map with a timetable.

The Zürich Card City Pass

The Zürich Card entitles the holder to free travel on all forms of public transportation on the entire city network (Zone 110 and surrounding zones). The city pass can be purchased in the “Zürich City Guide” app on your smartphone, via our webshop, or physically at a ticket machine. The Zürich Card is valid for unlimited travel in Zones 110, 111, 112, 121, 140, 150, and 154 for a period of 24 or 72 hours, starting from the time specified when purchasing it in the app or from when it is validated by stamping it at a ticket machine.

Tickets

You can purchase single tickets valid for 1 hour or day passes for 24 hours for various zones. For as long as the ticket is valid, it can be used to travel as often as you wish on all types of public transportation in the specified zones – whether bus, tram, S-Bahn train, boat, or cogwheel/funicular railway.

Zones

Zurich City belongs to Zone 110, Zurich Airport to Zone 121. The tariff zone 110 (Zurich City) counts double when calculating prices. You should always carry your ticket(s) with you as they are regularly checked by ticket inspectors.

Zurich City Zone Map

For night owls, late-night buses and S-Bahn trains in nine regional nighttime networks operate on Friday and Saturday from 1am. Two tickets are required to use the ZVV Nighttime Network: a valid ZVV ticket and an additional night supplement costing CHF 5. The night supplement can be purchased at a touchscreen ticket machine under “Nachtzuschlag”/ “Night Supplement”.

Zurich Transport Network (ZVV)

The Zurich Transport Network (ZVV) is the tariff and transportation network for local public transport in the canton of Zurich and certain neighboring regions.

Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)

With more than 327 million passengers a year, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is Switzerland’s biggest travel and transportation company.
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Swiss Travel Pass

Are you visiting Switzerland for just a few days or even for as long as a month? With the Swiss Travel Pass, you can compile your own individual tour on a network encompassing around 20,000 kilometers (12,000 miles), which is served by trains, trams, buses, and boats.
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Multifaceted Zurich

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