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Europe : Switzerland : Zurich : ZRH


The best.

by tashore14 (March, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: The most peaceful airport in Europe.
Cons: What cons? Okay, there were some homeless, but they're alright.

Zurich isn't cheap, so a nice little trip to the airport for the night is an ideal way of saving money, even with the slightly pricey, albeit efficient, trains from town to the airport. Really, I had a terribly pleasant night there. There are some homeless people, but it's Switzerland; they're fairly safe as well. Police and soldiers are everywhere, but not at all troublesome. I wholeheartedly recommend it as Switzerland's cheapest hostel.

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Better night's sleep than I expected

by Khai13 (August, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Airside
Pros: Free Wifi, lots of travellers around(safety in numbers), free phone charger
Cons: Cushioned seats- but with partitions between them, free wifi 60 mins only

Arrival 9:15pm at Zurich airport. Transfer at 7:10am the next morning. I felt it was not worth it to go to a hotel, so I decided to experience sleeping in the airport itself. After all, it's just for a few hours. I had a quick dinner and found a waiting area on the airside where a lot of people were gathered. The airport slowly closed(?)- shops shut off their lights and restaurant workers started going home around 10:30pm. There were still lights on in the corridors of shops, but the waiting area, which had a terrific view of the airplanes outside, was almost all dark. Good for sleeping. There was cleaning going on, but the noise wasn't too bad. I even found a seat near a free phone charger, cos they would only charge your phone for 20 minutes before the charging stopped. You could still leave your phone there, but it wouldn't charge continued >>

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by fkhudairi (May, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Airside
Pros: good seats, 1 hour free wifi
Cons: I haven't finished the night yet so we'll see...

The whole airplane ride getting anxious because a couchsurfing person I was messaging rubbed me the wrong way, so I had no where to stay during my night lay over. Travelling alone. Some guy from the airplane gives me strange eyes as I get up to get my bag. In my close minded freak out, I just bolt for the nearest bathroom because well, I have to pee, and I just want to leave. Little did I realize, I left the area where all the seats are. Bought an hour of internet to look up places that I could stay (fully aware I'd have to pay an arm and a leg and this is where the pit in my stomach continues to grow to its fullest potential). 10pm. Times tickin'. Then, I think, what the heck, I'm going to try to get back in even though I already left the terminal. I realize there is nobody left as all flights were or had already boarded for the night. T continued >>

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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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