How to get from Zurich Airport to Zurich City Center
Landing, baggage collection, customs – and then? This is how you can get from the airport to the Zurich city center.

Zurich Airport to Zurich City Center

Zurich Airport is just 10km (6 miles) from the city center, so it is quick and easy to get there after your plane has landed. There are various ways of traveling from the airport to Zurich.

From Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station – at a Glance

Mode of transportation Approximate travel time Cost
Train 10 – 15 minutes Single ticket: CHF 6.80 (Children CHF 3.40)
Day ticket 24h: CHF 13.60 (Children: CHF 6.80)
With the Zürich Card: free
Streetcar (Line 10) 35 minutes
Shuttle bus 30 – 40 minutes CHF 25
Taxi 15 minutes CHF 60 – 70

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1. To Zurich City Center by Train

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.

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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 6.80 for adults and CHF 3.40 for children (aged 6–16).
  • A day pass, valid for 24 hours, costs for these three fare zones CHF 13.60 (adults) or CHF 6.80 (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.

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Tip: Zürich Card
With the Zürich Card, 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 Zürich Card is already covered by, for example, the return trip between the airport and Zurich Main Station and the reduction on a Guided City Walk.

  • Zürich Card for 24 hours: CHF 24
  • Zürich Card for 72 hours: CHF 48

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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

 

2. To Zurich City Center by Streetcar

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.

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Tip: Zürich Card
With the Zürich Card, 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 Zürich Card is already covered by, for example, the return trip between the airport and Zurich Main Station and the reduction on a Guided City Walk.

  • Zürich Card for 24 hours: CHF 24
  • Zürich Card for 72 hours: CHF 48

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3. To Zurich City Center by Taxi

You can get to downtown Zurich quickly and comfortably by taxi. Depending on the traffic and your destination, the journey from the airport to the city center takes around 15 minutes.

Airport Taxis
The taxi ranks are located in front of Arrivals 1 and 2. You can also pre-book an airport taxi by telephone (0848 850 852).

Prices and Services
In most taxis, you pay a basic fare of CHF 6 and an additional CHF 3.80 for every kilometer driven. The taxi journey from the airport to the center of Zurich costs CHF 50–70. If you have many bags or bulky luggage, you may be required to pay a supplement.

Some taxi companies offer a fixed price, so that already before you get in the taxi you know how much you will have to pay. You can pre-book a fixed-price taxi ride with, for example, the taxi firm 7x7. Depending on availability, iTaxi also offers all-inclusive fares from the airport to Zurich and other destinations in the region.

You can find a list of taxi firms from Zurich and surrounding area here.

4. To Zurich City Center by Shuttle Bus

7x7 Shuttle Service
The 7x7 minibuses run at least once an hour in both directions between the city center and the airport. All the hotels in central Zurich and Zurich-West are served by the shuttle bus; you will be informed of the departure times when you book. You can reserve the shuttle service online or through the hotel reception. A single journey costs CHF 25 for adults; children aged 12 and under travel free when accompanied by their parents.

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Complimentary Shuttle to Airport Hotels
A number of hotels located near Zurich Airport offer their guests a complimentary pick-up service to and from the airport. Ask at your hotel.

Hotel Shuttle into the City and Surrounding Area
Hotels in the city of Zurich and surrounding area are served by a shuttle service (for a fee). The price for this service varies according to the number of passengers and the distance involved. You can find the price list here.

Airport to hotel: Departure every 30 minutes, 06.30am–11.00pm (reservation not necessary)
Hotel to airport: 4.45am–10.00pm (please reserve at least two hours in advance, either online or through the hotel reception)

Online Reservation Price Lists

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