Hi Sandy C,
The trip takes about an hour and costs 27 chf (unless you have a Half Fare Card or other pass).
Some of the connections are direct (0 changes), and other connections require a change at the Zürich main station. There is at least one train every hour that is direct.
You can see the exact schedules at the Swiss rail site at
from Zurich airport
Make sure you change the default time to a day-time as it defaults to current Swiss time -- which might be 21.00 in Switzerland when you access from Toronto at 08.00 or so.
No, I don't think there are any offers for those over-60.
Have fun as you plan!
If you do select to change trains at the Zürich HB [main station] then choose to take a regular ICE, IC, EC, REX or RE train from the airport to the station.
Regular trains arrive at the main station. S-Bahn commuter trains arrive at remote tracks and it is a longer walk to the main hall.
You can use a ZHR airport to Lucern ticket on any train(s).
Hi, the direct trains leave the airport at 47 past the hour. Also be sure to uncheck the half fare box when you look at fares as the website defaults to half fare quotes. If you are traveling a lot in Switzerland a half fare card can be a great savings - it costs 110 francs so add up your trips including those on mountain transport and lake boats to see if it would be a savings for you. You can buy them at the station in the airport.
If you have time to kill waiting for 47 past the hour, the station is in the large shopping center just across the pick up lanes from the arrivals building so you can get a coffee and/or some food (there's a large supermarket at the right end as you enter the building) or just look around the shops. The rail station is on the floor below and there are elevators so you can take your luggage trolley (they are free at the airport) with you down to the station. Also, the trolleys are designed to go up and down on the escalators which means you can easily take it to the platform as well.
Hope this helps.
Rail tickets can nomore be purchased in the train without important additional costs!
Dougles B information is no longer OK.
>> Dougles B information is no longer OK. <<
I did not suggest that a traveler purchase a ticket on the train.
I got a little confused by the last couple of posts. Do trains have to be pre-booked or can tickets be purchased on the day. I would rather buy tickets on the day in case flights are delayed and it appears (to me anyway) from the swiss rail website that you book tickets for a particular time rather than purchase a ticket that can be used on any train.
Thanks in advance
No, there is absolutely no need to pre-book, nobody does that here. Just buy your ticket at the station before you get on the train.
The confusion is because until recently you could buy a ticket *on* the train, from the ticket inspector. That is no longer the case because too many people were abusing the system.Edited: 3:32 pm, March 29, 2012
We, a family of 2 adults & 1 child (<16yrs) are traveling to Switzerland in the month of May2013. We plan to buy an 8 day Swiss Pass (IInd Class) for the entire leg which comes to CHF 668.00 after saver discounts and family card. However we are there for 9 days which means that one of the days we need to buy separate tickets. Is there an option of adding a day to the pass?
We plan to enter Geneva airport and take train to Montreux and onwards to Interlaken on the first day and then leave from Luzern to Zurich Airport on the 9th day. Which leg should be cheaper to buy if we need to buy separate tickets?
Are there any special fares for family traveling together point-to-point on the Swiss rail network?
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Appreciate the clarity and accuracy of response Yves.
Yes, I checked that too and it comes to CHF28 x 2 + CHF 14 for child. Totalling that it still is cheaper than a pass day so it makes sense to buy individual tickets.
Thanks for the info..
Also would anyone be able to advise on the PostBus services which I am assuming is free with the Swiss Pass.. I looked up the Post Bus site and couldn't figure out the timetables/schedules at all as it required information on cantons etc. I think, especially in the Berner Oberland area, PostBuses do make some interesting trips. Any particular day trip advisable on this?