Zürich Airport - ZRH

Zurich Zürich, Switzerland (CH)

Getting around the airport

Three terminals and an Airport Center

Zürich Airport lies 13km north of the city centre. It has three terminals, Terminals 1, 2 and 3, containing gate areas A, B/D and E respectively. These are linked to a central area called the Airport Center, which hosts a good selection of duty-free shops, bars and restaurants.

Make check-in easier

This is one of the most efficient airports from a passenger's point of view. At the same time, for the first-time user, it can also be one of the most confusing airports. You can feel like you're constantly being guided through different levels, having to climb stairs or use escalators. We recommend that, as all terminals are connected directly, you use the nearest to you check-in point.

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Getting into town

Train is best

You can reach the centre of the city in as little as 12 minutes by train, and enjoy a good service. So we recommend it over the expensive taxis.


The local S-Bahn train going to Zürich's central station (Hauptbahnhof) is cheap, comfortable and super-reliable. There are two lines running from the airport, the S2 and the S16. They run from 05:00-00:30. The S2 leaves the airport at 20 and 51 minutes past the hour, while the S16 goes at 2 and 32 minutes past.

The S16 goes via Stadelhofen, so worth taking if your hotel or destination is near there – but the S2 platform is one storey higher at the Hauptbahnhof, and the better option if you’ve got lots of luggage.

Cost: CHF 6.80 one-way (valid 1 hr), CHF 13.20 day pass (valid 24 hrs)
Buying tickets: Machines in Customs Halls 1 and 2, counters in the SBB Travel Centre (06:15-22:30)
Location: Terminal B, Level -2, Zürich Airport station 

Tip: Buying a Zürich card will be the most convenient and affordable way to travel around Zürich.
Cost: CHF 24 for 24 hours and CHF 48 for 72 hours

Bus and Tram

In front of the Airport Centre is the airport stop of the Stadtbahn Glattal, a light rail system that interworks with the Zürich tram system, together with a regional bus station. Glattalbahn Tram serves the airport along two routes: No. 10, which runs every 7.5 -15 minutes between the airport and Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and No. 12 which runs every 15 minutes between the airport and Stettbach railway station via Glattbrugg and Wallisellen station.


These are expensive, but of course convenient if you have a lot of luggage or are travelling in a group.

Cost: Around CHF 70 (EUR 56)
Location: Outside Arrivals 1 and 2

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IQOS: a better alternative for smokers

Discover more at the Duty Free in Level 2

Come to the IQOS Corner in the Duty Free to discover IQOS, the alternative to smoking, that heats tobacco instead of burning it. Try it for free with guidance of one of our Sales Experts and get a complimentary coffee.

Location: Main terminal, after security, Duty Free Shop Level 2.

Click here to learn more about IQOS 3

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New IQOS 3

Try it for Free at the Duty Free in Level 2

All new, elegant and intuitive design. IQOS 3 uses the latest HeatControl™ Technology that delivers the best heated tobacco experience for you to enjoy.

Discover it at the Duty Free.

Location: Main terminal, after security, Duty Free Shop Level 2.

Click here to learn more about IQOS 3

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Restrooms and shopping

Non-Schengen (primarily US) flights from Zurich depart from E Gates. This is a remote terminal, and can only be reached by taking the escalator from the main waiting area down to the Skymetro train. This departs every 3 minutes and takes 3 minutes to reach its destination. 

We’ve found it makes sense to use the toilets and do any shopping for food for your flight in the main waiting area before boarding the Skymetro. The gents’ toilets in Terminal E are one floor up from the waiting area, and there’s no lift, so you’ll need to use the escalators, which can be tricky if you’re carrying heavy luggage. Also, Terminal E only has a tiny sandwich shop with a limited range of food (which doesn’t get any less expensive). You’re much better off eating before going through security.

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