Zurich Airport To City Center

zurich airport to city center

Are you planning your trip to Zurich and wondering how to get from the Airport to the city center?

For an easy transition from your plane to your hotel, here are all the ways to get to the city center if you’re coming from Zurich Airport.

Price From Zurich Airport To The City Center

Mode of TransportPrice
Train Adults CHF 6.80
Children CHF 3.40
Free with Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card
TramAdults CHF 6.80 Adult
Children CHF 3.40
Free with Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card
TaxiCHF 50.00 to CHF 70.00
UberStarts at CHF 35.00
Private TransferStarts at CHF 55.00
Car RentalVaries depending on car type

By Tram From Zurich Airport to City Center

  • Journey Time: 30 to 40 minutes
  • Journey Cost: Free with Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card; CHF 6.80 Adult; CHF 3.40 Children
  • Location: Within the airport complex, follow the signs
  • Timetable: Line 10

Tram line number 10 is a popular choice for traveling from the airport to the city center. The tram will take you to Zurich’s city center. Pay attention to the tram stop names or you may use a navigation app to make sure you reach your desired stop.

Tram schedules and routes may change, so it’s best to check the official Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) website or use their mobile app for the most up-to-date information on tram lines, schedules, and fares. Also, Zurich’s public transportation system may offer various travel pass options that could be helpful if you plan on using trams frequently while in Zurich.

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By Train From Zurich Airport to City Center

Zurich Airport train station
Zurich Airport train station
  • Journey Time: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Departure Intervals: Every 5 to 10 minutes
  • Journey Cost: Free with Swiss Travel Pass and Zurich Card; CHF 6.80 Adult; CHF 3.40 Children
  • Location: Below the main terminal & shopping area, follow the signs

Enjoy a comfortable ride as the train takes you from Zurich Airport to Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Zurich HB), the main train station in the city center where you can explore Zurich’s attractions, shopping areas, restaurants, and more.

Train schedules and routes may change, so take time to check the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) website or use their mobile app to get real-time updates about their train schedules, ticket prices, and other details before your journey. There may also be various travel pass options available if you plan to use trains frequently during your stay in Zurich.

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By Taxi From Zurich Airport to City Center

  • Journey Time: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Journey Cost: CHF 50.00 to CHF 70.00
  • Location: Look for the taxi stand outside the terminal

Taxis offer a comfortable ride taking you from Zurich Airport to the city center. You will be dropped off at your desired location in Zurich’s city center. Be observant of your surroundings to make sure you’re at the correct destination.

Regarding the mode of payment, taxis in Zurich accept different payment methods, including cash and credit cards. If you’re paying by card, inform the driver before the journey ends.

Uber From Zurich Airport to City Center

Uber from Zurich Airport to city center
Uber from Zurich Airport to city center
  • Journey Time: 20 minutes
  • Journey Cost: Starts at CHF 35.00
  • Location: You may choose the pickup location

Uber offers different services based on your budget and group size. Options may include UberX, Uber Comfort, and Uber Black, among others. The cheapest is usually UberX based on my experience in a variety of countries. And prices can rise during busy holidays and on weekends.

Make sure you have downloaded the Uber app on your smartphone from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

Uber fares are automatically calculated based on distance, time, and ride type. Payment can be through the app using your linked payment method (credit card, PayPal, etc.).

By Private Transfer From Zurich Airport to City Center

  • Journey Time: 20 minutes
  • Journey Cost: Starts at CHF 55.00

Private transfer services often provide a higher level of comfort and personalized attention compared to other transportation options.

Before your trip, we suggest that you prearrange a private transfer service. You may have this done through various transportation companies or platforms that offer private car services. Make sure to provide your flight details and arrival time so that it’s easy for the driver to meet you.

If you’ve arranged a round-trip transfer, confirm the pickup time and location for your departure from Zurich City Center back to the airport.

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By Car From Zurich Airport to City Center

  • Journey Time: 15 to 20 minutes

You may consider renting a car from one of the car rental companies available at Zurich Airport. Just look for signs pointing you to the car rental counters within the airport complex.

Once you’ve completed the necessary paperwork and picked up your rental car keys, head to the designated parking area of your rented vehicle, which will be in the main multistory parking lot at the airport terminal. You will likely return it to the same place.

If you’re not familiar with driving in the area, we recommend using a GPS or smartphone navigation app as there are a lot of pedestrian zones in Zurich center and parking is very difficult.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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