- Airlines & Destinations
- Coffee & Restaurants
- Accommodation & Hotels
- Airport sevices
Zürich Airport (German: Flughafen Zürich, IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH), also known as Kloten Airport, is the largest international airport of Switzerland. The airport is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of central Zürich.
It is actually in the community of Kloten and it is 10 minutes by train from central Zurich. The trains depart about every 10-15 minutes, but early morning and late evening connections are a bit less frequent, so if you travel at these times, make sure to check the schedule. A single ticket to the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station, a.k.a. "Zürich HB") costs Fr. 6.80. Several bus lines connect to the airport and provide access to the Winterthur region near it.
Most major airlines fly to Zurich but former flag-carrier Swiss (now owned by Lufthansa) is still the biggest player at ZRH and offers the widest range of connections. Almost every large hotel in Zurich provides shuttle buses from the airport to your hotel. The stops for these buses are a short walk to the right from Terminal 1 arrivals.
Zurich Airport has high passenger costs due to several noise reduction and approach restrictions. Most no-frill airlines fly to Basel which is 1 hour away by train. EasyJet and Air Berlin offer several flights to Germany, the UK and Southern Europe.
Airlines & Destinations
Zürich Airport offers scheduled and charter flights to 196 destinations in 62 countries around the world.
Zürich Airport railway station is located underneath the Airport Centre. The station has frequent Zürich S-Bahn services, plus direct InterRegio, InterCity and Eurocity services, to many places including Basel, Bern, Biel/Bienne, Brig, Geneva, Konstanz, Lausanne, Lucerne, Munich, Romanshorn, St. Gallenand Winterthur. There are some 13 trains per hour to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich's main city centre station, with a journey time of between 10 and 15 minutes. By changing trains at Hauptbahnhof, most other places in Switzerland can be reached in a few 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. Both the bus station and light rail stop provide service to destinations throughout the Glattal region that surrounds the airport, with the light rail stop being served by tram routes 10 and 12. Tram route 10 also provides a link to Zurich Hauptbahnhof, albeit with a rather longer journey time than that of the railway.
The airport is served by the A51 motorway and other main roads, which link to the airports own road network. Drop-off areas are available by the Airport Centre whilst a total of over 1000 spaces are available in six car parks for short and long term parking. A car hire centre is located in the terminal complex. The airport is served by a fleet of dedicated airport taxis, which operate from taxi ranks in front of the arrival areas. Alternative chauffeur driven airport limousines can be arranged.
The airport has three airside piers, which are known as terminals A, B and E (also signposted as Gates A, B/D and E). These are linked to a central air-side building called Airside Center, built in 2003. Alongside the Airside Center, the ground-side terminal complex named Airport Center comprises several buildings, and includes airline check-in areas, a shopping mall, a railway station, car parks, and a bus and tram terminal. All departing passengers access the same departure level of the Airside Center, which includes duty-free shopping and various bars and restaurants, via airport security. They are then segregated between passengers for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations on the way to the gate lounges, with the latter first passing through emigration controls. Arriving Schengen and non-Schengen passengers are handled in separate areas of the Airside Center and reach the Airport Center by different routes, with non-Schengen passengers first passing through immigration controls.
The three airside terminals are:
Terminal A contains gates prefixed A. It opened in 1971, and it is used exclusively by flights to and from destinations inside the Schengen Area, including domestic flights within Switzerland. Since its expansion in 1982-1985, it takes the form of a finger pier, directly connected at one end to the Airside Centre.
Terminal B contains gates prefixed B and D. It opened in 1975 and reopened in November 2011 after an extensive three-year reconstruction. Like terminal A, it takes the form of a finger pier directly connected at one end to the Airside Centre. Since reconstruction, it can accommodate both Schengen and non-Schengen flights at the same gates. Each gate has two numbers, one prefixed B and the other D, but with different passenger routes to and from the gates to separate the flows of Schengen and non-Schengen passengers.
Terminal E contains gates prefixed E, and is also known as the midfield terminal or Dock E. It is a stand-alone satellite terminal located on the opposite side of runway 10/28 from the Airside Center, and is situated between runways 16/34 and 14/32. It is entirely used by non-Schengen international flights and became operational and was opened on September 1, 2003. It is connected to the Airside Center by the Skymetro, an automated underground people mover.
Coffee & Restaurants
In addition to its popular Whopper, this world-renowned fast food chain offers a range of different hamburgers. Self-service with a take-away option.
- Phone: +41 43 816 85 98
- Website : Burger King
This bar has a fantastic atmosphere and a worldly feel. Choose from a selection of Asian dishes including sushi, dim sum and curry. Table-service restaurant
- Phone: +41 43 816 85 98
- Website: Center Bar
Would you like to enjoy a hearty Swiss meal before travelling abroad? The Chalet Suisse offers everything that the Swiss miss when they're abroad. The ambiance in the Chalet Suisse is both cosmopolitan and traditional, just like Switzerland. Table-service restaurant.
- Phone : +41 43 816 60 38
- Website : Chalet Suisse
Marché Airport Zürich
Featuring its very own all-natural in-house bakery, the Marché® restaurant serves up fresh, seasonal cuisine in a relaxed market square atmosphere – Swiss dishes and delicacies from around the world. Self-service with a take-away option.
- Phone: +41 43 816 65 10
- Website: Marché Airport Zürich
Montreux Jazz Café
Restaurant and bar based around the Montreux Jazz Festival – watch exclusive concerts from Claude Nobs' private collection. Try the famous BB burger in a unique atmosphere.
- Phone: +41 43 816 85 98
- Website: Montreux Jazz Café
With its house-made pasta, WALTER brings Mediterranean delights to Zurich Airport. The buffet features a wide range of vegetarian specialities. For guests in a hurry there is also a great choice of cold cuts, cheese and focaccia. WALTER is also proud of its excellent range of wines, presented in the "flying" wine cabinet above the stylish bar.
- Phone: +41 43 816 85 98
- Website :Walter
Accommodation & Hotels
Hilton Zurich Airport
On one side surrounded by a green landscape, on the other side right in the centre of Zurich’s northerly business district – this modern hotel welcomes both business travellers & holidaymakers. The nearby motorway and the free airport shuttle make the Hilton an ideal place to stay. We offer 323 modern rooms, which vary from our 25 m² Hilton guestrooms to 76 m² relaxation suites in Feng Shui style. Travellers with high expectations have the possibility to stay at the Executive Floor and benefit from the amenities of the newly designed Executive Lounge. The restaurant with open show kitchen and the lobby bar with a fantastic view are an ideal meeting place for private or business functions. Guests at the hotel can choose between 25 function rooms all with daylight and varying capacities. The Fitness Centre is open 24 hours and has the latest training equipment, sauna and steam bath.
Holiday Inn Express Zürich Airport
Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport Hotel. A quality budget hotel only 7 minutes from the airport. Complimentary airport & city centre shuttle available.
Modern rooms centrally located in Kloten - 5 minutes from airport and 15 minutes from Zurich – Free parking spaces, free shuttle bus and free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Fly Away
Charming hotel in the center of Kloten - 5 minutes from airport and 15 minutes from Zurich – Free parking spaces, free shuttle bus and free Wi-Fi.
The ibis Zürich Messe Airport Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Hallenstadion and Zurich exhibition center. A free shuttle bus service for hotel guests takes you from the airport to the hotel and back again. The renovated hotel boasts 252 comfortable rooms with an air-cooling system, a contemporary restaurant, 3 meeting rooms and a private car park (charges apply). WIFI access is available free of charge. Our bar is open 24 hours a day and will serve you drinks and snacks with a smile.
The first class Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport operates a regular free airport shuttle with a five minutes drive only. The hotel is completely renovated, has 333 spacious bedrooms and is well known for its large variety of restaurants.
NH Zurich Airport
The NH Zürich Airport hotel is a chic, modern hotel that offers easy access to both the airport and the newly built Glattpark. From here there are great transport connections, and you can reach the city center in just 10 minutes by train. Free Airport-Shuttle
Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport
Behind an impressive facade of stone and glass, discerning business and leisure travellers will find a cosmopolitan ambience and spectacular restaurant concepts.
Shopping in the passenger area
Trendy shops stocking well-known fashion brands, Swiss souvenirs and a huge selection of tax & duty free products. And all in the unique, international environment of the Airside Center's passenger area – a deluxe shopping experience.
Tax & duty free: everyday low prices
Tax & duty free shopping at Zurich Airport is particularly enjoyable, not just because of the wealth of goods on offer, but also because of the attractive prices. Perfumes, cosmetics and spirits tobacco – welcome to shopping paradise!
Smokers are welcome
Special, modern lounges are available for smokers at Zurich Airport.
Smokers and non-smokers alike are made to feel at home at Zurich Airport. Zurich was the first airport in Europe to open special smoking lounges.
There are currently 22 smoking lounges. 18 are located in the passenger area, and 4 in the public area. Smoking lounges are the perfect place for smokers to relax in comfortable surroundings while enjoying fascinating views of airport activities.
Travelling with kids
A flight with children can quickly turn into an ordeal for the whole family. Zurich Airport offers Family Services in departure areas A and E. You can sit back and relax while your kids let off steam in the playrooms before or after a long flight.
- Support, assistance and information
- Help with minor medical cases and arrange medical assistance if required
- Not a child care/babysitting service, children should be accompanied by one adult at all times
- Free for passengers of all airlines
Facilities for passengers with babies
- Changing tables
- Baby care products
- Rooms for sleeping and breastfeeding
- Kitchenette with a microwave, cutlery, utensils
- Baby products for sale
Play paradise for children
- Generously sized, bright playrooms
- Great toys for children of all ages
- PlayStation and computer games
- Football table
- Craft workshop