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How to get from Zurich Airport to City Centre

The transportation network of Zurich is considered as the most efficient system in Europe. From Zurich airport there are three commonly used transit methods to the city centre / Zurich HB (Zürich Hauptbahnhof station): various private and regional taxis, a tram line which passes through popular city attractions and lastly an exceptional train system. A regular Zurich airport taxi ride will cost 40€ to 60€ for a 15-minute trip with light traffic. Single tram tickets from the airport to the city cost 5.60€ and the total trip usually takes 35 minutes. Lastly, train tickets costs 5.60€ for a single 10 to 15 minute ride to Zurich HB station.

Transfer Options: Table of Contents

  • Train - How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by train
  • Taxi - How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by taxi
  • Tram - How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by Tram/Streetcar

Comparison of the options

OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train €11.20 10min 17:00–00:40
Taxi €50 10min 24/7
Tram €11.20 35min 09:00–21:00

How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by train

Zurich's train network is one of the most sophisticated public transportation systems of Europe. From the airport, the network offers numerous train and metro lines to Zurich HB station, which is located in the heart of Zurich. All the available lines (S16, S2, IR75, IC5, IC1, IC8, IR37, IR70, IR36) take around 10 minute to reach the central train station. The price for a regular one way ticket is 5.60€. The waiting time is normally under 5 minutes between available trains and the whole network operates from 5:00 am until 00:45 am.

How much is the train from Zurich airport to city centre?

A single ticket (2nd class) to Zurich City costs 5.60€ for adults and 2.80€ for children (aged 6–16).
A single ticket (1st class) to Zurich City costs 9.30€ for adults and 4.60€ for children (aged 6–16).
A day pass, valid for 24 hours, costs 11€ for adults and 5.60€ for children (aged 6–16).

Tickets for the trains can be purchased at the ticket machines located in Arrival 1 and 2, at the SBB ticket counters, open from 6:15am to 10:30pm, at the Service Center, or even from your smartphone.

How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by taxi

Zurich's taxi industry is composed of many private taxi companies and most of them operate from Zurich airport as well. Although taxis can be found in various colors, the most common ones at the airport are either white or black. Moreover, all vehicles offering taxi services carry the distinctive black and yellow taxi rooftop sign. Fares to the centre of Zurich will usually range from 40€ to 60€ depending on the provider, while trips under normal traffic conditions should not take more than 15 minutes.

Taxi fare from Zurich airport to city centre

Fares for an economy class car will usually cost around 50€ from the airport to city centre. Factors that further affect the overall trip price are: taxi providers and their special deals, traffic conditions, amount and size of luggage per person, waiting times as well as the type and capacity of the vehicle. The general rule most taxis follow is 5€ initial charge and 3.2€/km for the rest of the trip.

How to get from Zurich airport to city centre by Tram/Streetcar

A tram or streetcar is the third transportation option from Zurich airport to the centre of the city. The No10 tram line is the ideal way to experience the city of Zurich when first arriving from the airport to the city. Trams are available from the airport every 15 minutes from 09:00am until 09:00pm. The average travel time is around 35 minutes and a one way ticket costs 5.60€.

How much is the tram from Zurich airport to city centre?

A single ticket to Zurich City costs 5.60€ for adults and 2.80€ for children (aged 6–16).
A day pass, valid for 24 hours, costs 11€ for adults and 5.60€ for children (aged 6–16).

Tickets can be purchased form machines inside the airport.

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