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Zurich Airport. How to arrive by direct flight. City center connections

Zurich Airport

Zurich Kloten is the most important airport in Switzerland, as well as one of the largest civilian airports in all of Europe. The high quality standards, excellent services and efficiency have earned it the prestigious 4 Star Airports Skytrax award.

The airport is located near the small town of Kloten, about 13 kilometers north of Zurich. Hub of Swiss International Air Lines, has three runways, and as many Terminals (A, B, E). In the immense structure, you will find numerous shopping areas, duty-free, bars, restaurants and top quality services. Great attention to families, with numerous points dedicated to children (Kids Corner). There are special play areas for all ages, from the very youngest to the kids who can play video games and Playstations. The changing areas are located near the women’s restrooms and are specially marked.

The Wi-Fi line is FREE, and available in practically all Terminals. Just connect your device to the “Zurich_Airport” network and after registering you can surf for free.

Zurich Airport

Here is the list of direct connections * with Zurich Airport:

ALBANIA: Kukës, Tirana.
ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires–Ezeiza.
AUSTRIA: Graz, Vienna.
BELGIUM: Brussels.
BOSNIA: Sarajevo.
BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos.
BULGARIA: Burgas, Sofia, Varna.
CANADA: Calgary, Montreal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver.
CHINA: Beijing–Daxing, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen.
COSTA RICA: Liberia, San José de Costa Rica.
CROATIA: Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zagreb.
CUBA: Havana, Varadero.
CYPRUS: Larnaca, Paphos.
CZECH: Prague.
DENMARK: Billund, Copenhagen.
DOMINICAN REP.: Puerto Plata, Punta Cana.
EGYPT: Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh.
ENGLAND: Birmingham, London–City, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, Manchester, Newquay.
ESTONIA: Tallinn.
FINLAND: Helsinki, Kittilä, Rovaniemi.
FRANCE: Ajaccio, Bordeaux, Figari, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle.
GERMANY: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Sylt.
GREECE: Athens, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kos, Mykonos, Preveza, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong.
HUNGARY: Budapest.
ICELAND: Reykjavík–Keflavík.
INDIA: Delhi, Mumbai.
IRELAND: Cork, Dublin.
ISRAEL: Tel Aviv.
ITALY: Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Lamezia Terme, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice.
JAMAICA: Montego Bay.
JAPAN: Tokyo–Narita.
JORDAN: Amman–Queen Alia.
KENYA: Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta.
KOSOVO: Pristina.
LEBANON: Beirut.
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg.
MALTA: Malta.
MAURITIUS: Mauritius.
MEXICO: Cancún.
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica, Tivat.
MOROCCO: Agadir, Marrakesh.
NORWAY: Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø.
OMAN: Muscat.
POLAND: Gdańsk, Kraków, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław.
PORTUGAL: Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Porto.
QATAR: Doha.
ROMANIA: Bucharest.
SCOTLAND: Edinburgh.
SERBIA: Belgrade.
SINGAPORE: Singapore.
SLOVENIA: Ljubljana.
SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo.
SOUTH KOREA: Seoul–Incheon.
SPAIN: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, La Palma, Madrid, Málaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–South, Valencia.
SRI LANKA: Colombo–Bandaranaike.
SWEDEN: Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda.
TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro.
THAILAND: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Phuket.
TUNISIA: Djerba, Enfidha, Tunis.
TURKEY: Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir.
UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai–International.
USA: Boston, Chicago–O’Hare, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington–Dulles.
VIETNAM: Ho Chi Minh City.



The train station is located on the lower level of the airport, easily accessible by following the appropriate directions.

The train is the best and quickest way to get to the center of Zurich. Every day connections are guaranteed every 5 and 10 minutes from the airport to the central railway station, and vice versa. Trains depart from approximately 05:00 until midnight.

To reach the center and the Zurich HBF station, you must always buy a ticket for 3 ZONES, at a cost of 7CHF (just more 7€). It is important to remember that when using public transport in Zurich, the center is always counted as 2 ZONES. This explains why you have to buy the ticket from 3 zones (and not 2 as it should actually be), at the airport, to get to the center of Zurich.

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Opposite the Zurich airport is the Stadtbahn Glattal stop, an important interchange of light rail and buses.

Tram 10, represents the alternative solution to reach the center of Zurich, if you don’t want to use the train. With a frequency of between 7 (peak times) and 15 minutes, Tram 10 allows you to reach Zurich HBF (the central railway station) through Glattpark, Oerlikon and Irchel. The journey time is 35 minutes

The ticket is the same as for trains and buses.


In the railway station of Zurich Kloten Airport, numerous short and medium/long-range trains circulate for Switzerland and neighboring countries.

The service is regulated by the SBB transport company, which guarantees daily connections with numerous destinations. Thanks to the InterRegio, InterCity and Eurocity trains, it is possible to reach Basel, Bern, Constance, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Munich, St. Gallen and many other destinations.

To Bern, the journey takes approximately 70 minutes. The ticket costs around 56 CHF. For Lausanne, however, the travel time is about 150′; the full ticket, 2nd class, costs around 78 CHF at full fare (from 54 to 68 CHF at a discounted non-refundable fare, if available).

*The list is subject to change. All links, updated, can be consulted on the official website

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  • Great article! I’m planning a trip to Zurich and this post has been super helpful in understanding how to get there directly and connect to the city center. Can’t wait to explore all that Zurich has to offer! 😊

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