Stuck on a layover in Zurich? The Zurich airport offers a lot for those stuck in the airport with time to spare. But for those, who have time, Zurich is a terrific city to explore on a layover – just remember to leave plenty of time on both ends for customs, immigration and security. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Zurich layover, click here for useful tips.
The airport offers many services for those stuck inside the airport on a Zurich layover, including lounges, VIP treatment, nursery, and mobile phones rental. You can learn more about any of these services here. The airport offers over 60 shops, including duty-free shopping. From this page you can download a PDF of the shopping booklet.
The airport also offers a guided tour that will teach you all about the inner workings of the airport, including where they refrigerate the fruits and flowers that are flown in from South Africa. You can also take a scenic flight in a single or two-engined plane, or even a helicopter and see the Alps, rivers, glaciers and lakes including the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, or Aletsch Glacier.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Zurich hotels, click here and for hotels specifically near the Zurich airport, click here.
If you have time to leave the airport and explore Zurich during your layover, you can ditch your luggage at the Left Luggage office and lockers. You can find more information on a PDF file here.
For transportation, you can always grab a taxi outside terminal 1 and 2, or you can take the Swiss Federal Railways. You can visit the site for train times and a map. Trains run between the main station in Zurich and the airport every ten minutes during peak times, and only takes 10 minutes in travel time. The train is located under Terminal B. (tel: 0900 300 300). Private transfers can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Zurich Layover:
There are lots of tours available in Zurich, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, segway tours, boat rides, day trips, biking tours, cultural, food and chocolate tours, wine, and nightlife tours and tons more!
Shopping – Bahnhofstrasse
The Bahnhofstrasse is where all the upscale Swiss shops are. Featuring luxury stores like Armani, Cartier, and Chanel, it it a fun place to people watch, do some serious shopping, or just look in the windows. For a map, click here.
Lindt Chocolate Factory
Chocolate and Switzerland go hand in hand! If you have the time, you may want to head outside of Zurich to Kitchberg, Switzerland to visit the Lindt chocolate factory. Inside, is a tour, a chocolate museum, and free samples.
St Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s Church is renown for having the largest clock face in Europe. Located near the Fraumunster, this church is the oldest parish church in Zurich. Free classical music concerts are regularly scheduled here.
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