Worst day of my life
by solange (March, 2014)
Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
F*** This was a nightmare. I had to take a flight from Madrid to Oslo with a scale of 12 hours in Zurich. My stay was at the airport all night, IT WAS HORRIBLE !!!, I did not find a restaurant or fast food open, I had to steal water from a coffee store because the drinkers did not work, whenever I found some guy from staff of cleaners and I asked where I could find a safe place to sleep, they said that they did not speak English. The wifi did not work. Everything was dark, and all the time that I never saw even a watchman or policeman or someone similar, there were some creepy people also stayinf there, and I was very scared. Its not at all a nice place for a young woman alone to overnight, Now I think that overnight in Central Park is safer!!! I hope to never return to this place. This can not be a Flight Airport Connection, and does not provide any service !!!! no water !!!!
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by web-administrator (September, 2014)
(GUEST) I am always happy when I have a layover in this airport because it has such a soothing atmosphere. No matter where I am coming from, when I enter the terminal I just feel at peace with myself!
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by tashore14 (March, 2013)
Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
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
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 anymore.
Sleeping on the seats was obviously not as comfortable as sleeping in a bed. But for seats, I had quite a good nights sleep. Travellers were stretched out on seats around me. It comforted me that I was not alone, perhaps I watched a little too much horror films, but I like having people around.
The airport came alive again around 5am. Duty free shop and several restaurants opened. I bought a croissant and a bottle of fruit juice from Marche then went to the transfer gate. All in all, not a bad experience at all.
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by fkhudairi (May, 2013)
Reason for Stay: Other
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. The security woman sees me wandering all lost and vulnerable. I go up to her and she asks me if my flight is for tomorrow. Yes, I say, ready for her to kick me out. Are you spending the night here? I almost hugged her when she said that. Went through security too smooth sailin' not caring how obvious it was I was spending the night. They were very anal about my things even though I was the only one there. 7 security guards watching me. Get in. Find a green egg chair. Realize there's a free hour of internet. Boom. made my freaking night. I don't even care if I don't sleep much because the lights are on, I am happy.
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