How to get around in Zurich
Zurich can be reached by train, by car and by plane via the nearby international airport. The old town center can be explored on foot, and there are plenty of urban transport services if you don't feel like walking.
Public transport in Zurich
There is a dense network of trams, buses and local trains (S-Bahn). A car is absolutely not necessary to get around; it's more a burden than a benefit. The train station Zurich HB is the main hub for all transport services.
All public transport in Zurich is free with a Swiss Travel Pass and several other rail passes. Alternatively, you can purchase a ZurichCARD that allows free public transport throughout the city as well.
Zurich HB, the main station
Zurich HB (Hauptbahnhof) is the main train station. It is located in the heart of the city. Apart from the trams and buses into town, trains across the whole of Switzerland depart from here, as well as trains to the neighbouring countries France, Germany, Italy and Austria. There is also a bus terminal, called 'Sihlquai', about 100 m north of the station.
This large station may be overwhelming if you're not used to traveling by train. There is no need to worry though, as everything is well signposted. Most platforms (track 3 to 18) are on the ground level. Additionally, there are lots of stores, restaurants, and several underground platforms:
- 'Bahnhof SZU': track 21 and 22 for trains to the Uetliberg;
- 'Bahnhof Löwenstrasse': track 31 to 34;
- 'Bahnhof Museumstrasse': track 41 to 44.
How to reach the airport
There are frequent direct trains from Zurich HB, in the city center, to the airport. The ride takes about 10 minutes.