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Zurich Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Zurich Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I found the airport very beautiful. It's big and a lot of very helpful people who spoke with me in my language. -mayss94

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Zurich Airport.

What to Expect

  • Airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight travellers - though you should expect security or police to check your passport and tickets overnight.
  • The airport has three terminals: A, B/D, and E. A and B/D connect from the main Airside Center. A is exclusively used to Schengen-area flights. Terminal B/D is used for both Schengen and non-Schengen area. Terminal E is newer, used for longer-haul international flights, and connected to the Airside Center via underground Skymetro.
  • The facilities are generally modern and very clean.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Airside: If you can get to Airside, post-security, most of the gates are quiet from 11pm on so you can have some privacy.
  • The Airside Center does not have many comfortable lounge chairs, but enough benches to at least stretch out on. It’s generally not crowded overnight.
  • Generally quiet overnight, starts getting busy again after 5am.
  • The airport can be very cold and bright, so bring layers and a sleep mask/eyeshades.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a transit hotel and a hotel connected to the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Showers are available for a fee in four locations.
  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass to relax in several airport lounges; showers are available in two lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Zurich Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Dnata Skyview Lounge - Location: Airside, 2nd floor of Airside Center - Access via Check-In # 1 and Check-In # 2. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (CHF 38) • Buy a lounge pass (£28.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)  •  Priority Pass.
  • Swiss International Airlines Lounge - Location: Airside, Airside Center, 2nd Floor of the Airside Center and access is from Check-in 1 or Check-in 2. Showers are available. Hours: 5:45AM - 10:45PM (Daily)
  • Swiss Lounge D - Location: Airside, Non-Schengen Area, Transit Area D. Showers are available. Hours: 6:00AM - 8:30PM (Daily)  •  Priority Pass.
  • Aspire Lounge - Location: Airside, Schengen Area, 3rd floor of Airside Center. Hours: 5:30AM - 9:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (CHF 35) • Buy a lounge pass (£28.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)  •  Priority Pass.
  • Aspire Lounge - Location: Airside, Midfield Terminal E, Non-Schengen Area, 2nd Floor, above Gate E45. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (CHF 35) • Buy a lounge pass (£28.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)  •  Priority Pass.

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Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

Emirates Lounge   •   SKYTEAM Lounge   •   Swiss Arrival Lounge   •   Swiss Business Lounge   •   Swiss First Lounge   •   Swiss Senator Lounge   •   Swiss Senator/Business Lounge

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Zurich Airport for 2 hours. Connect to the “ZurichAirport” network. After you register, you will receive a code by text message (if you are unable to receive an SMS, head to a boarding pass scanner to receive your access code). After the 2 hour time limit, you can wait 5 hours for another free 2-hour time period, or you can purchase additional time at 6.90 CHF for 1 hour, 9.90 CHF for 4 hours, or 14.90 CHF for 24 hours.

Additionally, internet kiosks are available both landside and airside. The first 60 minutes are free.

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Airport Hotels