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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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The Swiss are Just Wonderful

by mmg5183 (March, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Safely Slept in Airport (as a solo female traveller)
Cons: Other travellers in lounge were loud


Spent 2 nights in the Zurich airport when travelling from Italy to Prague. I am a young female and was worried about spending the night alone in an airport for the first time. Gate D offers a 24-hour lounge that you can check-in to with your passport. On the way to Prague, I slept across the seating in the Lounge area. There weren't armrests so it wasn't horrible. There were a few other travelers in that area that did the same. I felt pretty safe. On the way back to Italy, I decided to rent a daybed for the night for 40 CHF. This was much better. They give you a lock-box night stand thing to put your belongings in and a towel to shower and freshen up in the morning. There is also a reading light! You could also pay more for a private hotel room-like stay. Overall great experience! Hope it goes well for you.

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A calm night in the transfer zone

by Tadex71 (January, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Airside
Pros: relatively comfortable seats, dimmed light, safe, hasslefree
Cons: a bit loud cleaning machine at night


We spent a night in the Zurich Airport transfer zone in January 2011 transfering from a EU to a non-EU flight. Our morning flight was from terminal E (which is separate) but we decided to stay in the main part of the airport which is much bigger. The airport has lots of rows of quite comfortable seats, not divided by any rails so we just laid across. We picked a spot close to the B&D gates as the area was more secluded and quieter. The overall experience was pretty good. Lights were dimmed for the night and nobody from security bothered us. Obviously we felt pretty safe all along as there are no unauthorized people in the transfer zone. The only bother was the machine cleaning floors which made a bit of noise. The cleaning guy was driving it around for quite some time late at night. It also got a little bit cold in the earl continued >>

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Big, plenty of space

by dc484153 (May, 2011)


Where: Landside
Pros: couches, lots of space, lights out, bathrooms nearby
Cons: none in particular


Starbucks is definitely the place to go...plenty of couches left out and there are a few power outlets for laptops, cell phones, etc. Had no trouble with 'questionable' people being there, as was the issue in other reviews, but that could very well be on a night to night basis. Overall great experience, would do it again.

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Make sure you pick the right star bucks!!

by Liz211 (December, 2010)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside


We read a previous review of Zurich airport recommending Starbucks as a good place to sleep, due to the double couches that are left out during the night. So we went and staked out some awesome double couches and got comfortable. But as soon as the main lights went out, we became surrounded by some very questionable people. Two old homeless men on one side who had cans of bourbon, were snoring loudly then yelling at one another for snoring, and at one stage started harassing other young travelers trying to sleep there, grabbing them and yelling - and security was no where to be seen. On the other side, a homeless woman who smelled strongly of vomit. In the end, we gave up our great couches and went to look for another spot. We found another star bucks closer to the check in area that also had couches - they weren't as comfortable as the f continued >>

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