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starbucks is locked down

by param (March, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: warm, clean,
Cons: music all night

i came to zurich by train. was to catch flight next morning. after reading review went to the airport to get some sleep before fight. starbuck was shut, benches outside were clearly marked not be used. some people tried sleeping on them. police with a dog:) came to get them out. seriosly it was a big deal. police was polite. i found a regular metal seat without armrest. its was fine. i could sleep for 3 hours. music keeps blaring all night.

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Nothing open

by amo (February, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Clean, Quiet
Cons: Nothing open, cold

I arrived for a 12 hour layover at 950pm. Thinking I could get a glass of wine and some dinner. Nothing was open. I paid 7Euro for a vending machine sandwich. The free internet for an hour is linked to them sending you a text message to your cell. I'm not sure how many travelers cells work in different countries. I didn't have mine with me. I was hungry and dissapointed. In Spain we don't even eat dinner until 1030. Closing down everything before 10 seems waaay to early. I found it quite cold for sleeping, but luckly I brought my sleeping bag. I wouldn't want to face a long layover here again.

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Two peaceful nights in Zurich

by sharbear (January, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: quiet, many options for sleeping
Cons: some options aren't so comfortable

I spent two nights in the Zurich airport--one on the way to my next destination and one on the return trip. I slept airside, where there are plenty of options for overnight guests. :) There's a large seating area near the shopping/dining section, and also some cozy-looking disc-shaped seats at the sports bar. This seems to be where most people choose to sleep. However, if you head toward the A gates (63-80s), there's a small area with free internet available (on 5 tablet computers), and just behind the computers are small but cushiony chairs--a great place for sleeping IF you can beat everyone else to it! I ended up camping out on the seats at one of the A gates in a quiet, shadowy corner. It was quiet, semi-comfortable, and the only people I saw all night were the floor polisher and some guy getting snacks from a vending machine (the continued >>

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Really nice

by papiou (June, 2012)

Reason for Stay: No Money
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Safe, Clean, Quiet
Cons: Maybe too quiet

I should wait for 10 hours in the night. In the airport after 23-00:00 there is not much of action and somebody can rest or sleep without problem. Not only on the airport seats but also at some Bars/Cafes couches that are quite comfortable. (strong advice St@rbucks). Really nice.

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Friendly and peaceful.

by Mo.Si (March, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Friendly staff, clean, peaceful, good temperature, phone charging.
Cons: Hard to find darkness and quiet in the same place.

Airside at Zurich is a great place to be for a night's sleep. There are plenty of reasonable-looking seats without arm rests and each block of seats has an electrical outlet. This airport is very clean and all members of staff I encountered (including the lovely immigration lady) were really friendly. There are no announcements until about 6am. The gate areas were particularly quiet at night and far away from the building work in the main shopping area. I had my thermorest and sleeping bag, so just laid them out in a corner and had a comfy, undisturbed night. There was an area under some stairs that was really dark and looked perfect for sleeping but there was a noisy ventilation thing nearby, so I moved on. In the main shopping and bar area (which is completely dead at night bar a few cleaners etc.) there is also a free phone-ch continued >>

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