Sleeping in Airports

Zurich Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Zurich Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Zurich Airport.

What to Expect

Zurich Airport is divided into the Airport Center and the Airside Center. The Airport Center houses landside activities like check-in counters and security checkpoints. The Airside Center serves as the hub for the three terminals/gate areas: A, B/D, and E. Terminal E is housed in a separate building, connected by the Skymetro underground train. A new facility, currently under construction, will replace Terminal A upon completion in 2021.

Dining and shopping are plentiful (and expensive), though all close by 10:00PM. Plan ahead for late-night snacks, as no eateries stay open 24 hours. Other amenities include free WiFi, a designated rest area with pay-to-use reclining chairs for napping, and pay-to-use showers. Economy class passengers can pay to access a few of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Airport security is generally tolerant of the few overnight campers, and they’ll likely check your ID and boarding pass.   They may also hand out a brochure to the airport’s pay-to-use napping area if you’re interested in more comfort – for a price.  Travellers agree that the airside is more comfortable than landside. Most gates quiet down by 11:00PM and benches offer some spots to stretch out. Common complaints are the cold temps and bright lights — nothing that an extra layer and an eye mask can’t fix. For uninterrupted sleep, check out the transit hotel at Gates B/D and the traditional hotel connected to the Airport Center. Nearby hotels also offer free or paid airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Aspire Lounge (Non-Schengen) – Location: Airside, Midfield Terminal E, Non-Schengen Area, 2nd Floor, above Gate E45. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Aspire Lounge (Schengen) – Location: Airside, Schengen Area, 3rd floor of Airside Center. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Dnata Skyview Lounge – Location: Airside, 2nd floor of Airside Center – Access via Check-In # 1 and Check-In # 2. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Primeclass Lounge – Location: Airside, located by Gate 46. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Swiss Lounge D – Location: Airside, Non-Schengen Area, Transit Area D. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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

I sleeping in Zurich Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and near the airport:

In Transit Transit Hotel – Located in the transit area at Gates B/D. The transit hotel offers private rooms and a rest area. The private rooms are equipped with beds, television and sink with running water. The rest and relaxation area has 12 bed-style seats in private cubicles. Blankets are provided. Showers are included in the cost of the room and sleep chairs. Bath towel, toiletries and hair dryers are provided. Single Rates: CHF 45 (3 hours), CHF 59 (6 hours), CHF 75 (more than 6 hours). Double Rates: CHF 59 (3 hours), CHF 79 (6 hours), CHF 99 (more than 6 hours). The rest & relaxation area rates are: CHF 20 (3 hours), CHF 25 (6 hours), CHF 30 (more than 6 hours). Email the hotel at [email protected] to make a reservation.

At Airport Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport – (2 minute walk to the airport terminal) No airport shuttle. The hotel is connected to the airport terminal via walkway.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 5:00AM to 11:45PM.  » Check Rates

Near Airport NH Zurich Airport – (6 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle bus runs from 5:35AM to 11:35PM daily. Day rooms are available 9:00AM to 6:00PM. The shower rooms are available for non-guests at a rate of CHF 35.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Zurich Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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.

Communications

  • Post Office – Swiss Post Location: Airport Center Hours: 7:30AM – 9:00PM Mon-Fri and 8:00AM – 9:00PM Sat, Sun and public holidays
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Family Services – To ease the burden of travel for families with children, Zurich Airport has provided two Family Services rooms. Each room has diaper changing tables, baby care products for sale, rooms for sleeping and breastfeeding, kitchenette with microwave and utensils, and a large and colorful playroom with toys for the little ones and Playstation and computer games for older children. Babysitting is not available, but the rooms have child care specialists on hand for assistance and support. Locations: airside, at the A Gates (next to transfer desk) Hours: 6:30AM – 10:00PM • airside, at the E Gates, 1st Floor, Arrival Level West Hours: 7:00AM – 1:00PM. Strollers are available for use in the airport for children 4 years old and under. You can pick one up at check-in and leave it at your gate before departing. Rate is CHF 5.00 per stroller (cash only). Location: Check-In 1 or 2, Careport Counter.
  • Treasure Hunt – A fun way to pass time and keep the kids occupied, the “Treasure Hunt Guide” tests your knowledge as you explore the airport in search of hidden treasures. Get your free guide at the Service Center or at the ticket desk for Observation Deck B. Available in German only.

Fitness

  • Fitness – Need to burn off some energy while at the airport? Drop in fees are available at the Airport Fitness and Wellness Center and include fitness equipment/classes, sauna access, personal training and much more. Location: Ground floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Airport Center. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM Mon-Fri and 9:00AM – 7:00PM Sat-Sun). Rates: CHF 35. You can also pay to use the showers facilities, see showers below.
  • Sports Equipment Rentals – Enjoy the outdoors? If you are an active traveller, the area around Zurich Airport is ideal for outdoor activity and fresh air in between flights. Bicycles, inline skates and nordic walking poles for men, women and children are available for rent at the airport. Rates: Bicycles (including protective gear) – CHF 20.00 (up to 4 hours) or CHF 35.00 (full day) • Inline Skates (including protective gear) – CHF 15.00 (up to 4 hours) or CHF 20.00 (full day) • Nordic adjustable walking poles – CHF 10.00 (up to full day). Location: Service Center, multi-story car park 2, 1st floor.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. You will find some restaurants opening at 5:30AM and most close by 10:00PM.

Information

  • Information Desk – There are five Service & Information Desks. Locations: Arrival 1 (Hours: 7:30AM – 10:30PM) • Arrival 2 (Hours: 5:45AM – 11:30PM) • Service Center Car Park P2 (Hours: 6:00AM – 11:30PM) • Check-in 2 (Hours: 5:30AM – 8:30PM) • Airside Center (Hours: 6:15AM – 1:30PM and 3:30PM – 9:00PM). In addition to providing general information, the staff can also rent bikes and strollers, sell shower passes and train tickets and much more.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Zurich and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Africantrails • APG Switzerland • Asia 365 • Dorado Latin Tours • Falcontravel • Frantour • Globus Reisen • Helvetic Tours • Hotel Plan • Indietours • Kontiki • Kuoni Reisen • L’Tur Tourismus • Luftreisebüro Swiss • MSBT • Manta Reisen • Putnik Travel • Railtour Suisse • Salinatours • Skytours • Travel House • Twerenbold Reisen • Wettstein. Agencies can be found in Check-in Area 1, Check-in Area 2, Airpot Center, Operation Center and Bus Terminal.

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage Carts are available free of charge throughout the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Store your luggage at the left luggage storage room. Rates are as follows: €5 – €7 per bag for 4 hours, €5 – €9 per bag for up to 12 hours, €5 – €12 per bag for up to 24 hours. Maximum storage period is three months (regular luggage) or 12 hours (for shopping bags). Luggage can also be stored in the coin-operated lockers for a maximum of 72 hours. CHF and Euro coins are accepted. Location: Level 1, Service Center, beside the showers • Level 01, near the entrance to Parking 3. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:30PM (storage room) • Open 24 hours (lockers).
  • Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag provides services. Location: Check-in Area 2. Hours: 5:30AM – 9:30PM. Rates: Unknown.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the Airport Medical Center in Prime Center 1. Hours: 7:30AM – 8:30PM. Urgent and emergency dental care is available at the Airport Dental Services clinic. Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM. Urgent/emergency eye care is available at the Airport Medical Center Eye Clinic from 8:00AM – 5:30PM (Mon-Fri). All clinics can be found in Airport Center, near Check-In 1. There is also an ambulatory physical therapy and rehabilitation center (RehaCenter Zurich Airport). Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Thurs) / 7:30AM – 4:00PM (Fri).
  • Pharmacy – Amavita operates 3 pharmacies. Locations: Airside Center (6:00AM – 10:00PM) • Airport Center (7:00AM – 9:00PM) • Check-in 1 (6:00AM – 10:00PM).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A traveller advised us that “there are a set of 3 plugs together every 3 chairs and power outlets in the bathrooms – airside”. (SFT, May 2018)

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – Credit Suisse, Travelex and USB provide currency services in many locations both Airside and Landside, including locations with 24 hour ATM currency dispensers.

Prayer

  • Chapel Services – Services provided by Evangelical Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Location: Landside, Check-in 2. Hours: unknown.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zones – In Transit Area D, you will find 12 comfortable reclining chairs with wool blankets near the Day rooms. [ see Airport Hotels above ]. Rates: CHF 25.00 (3 hours), CHF 30.00 (6 hours), CHF 35 (more than 6 hours).

Shopping

  • Duty Free and Shopping – The airport offers multiple Duty Free shops as well as enough shops for a small shopping center. There are 2 branches of Coop Food Pronto (Airport Center) that are open 6:00AM – 11:00PM.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – There are four shower facilities that you can pay to use. Locations: Landside, Service Center, multi-storey car park 2, level 1. (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM) • Airside, Transit D, next to the day rooms. (Hours: open 24 hours) • Airside, Family Services at Gates E. (Hours 7:00AM – 1:00PM) •. Airport Fitness and Wellness Center at the Radisson Blu Hotel (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM Mon-Fri and 9:00AM – 7:00PM Sat-Sun). Rates: CHF 15 at airport shower rooms and CHF 15 (shower package only) or CHF 35 (full gym day pass) at the Radisson Blu location. Price includes bath towel, toiletries and hair dryers are also provided. If you require more toiletries you can purchase them at the reception desk at either the Transit Hotel or the Family Services centre.
  • Spa & Salon Services – Shanty Beauty Design nail bar Location: Airport Center, near P2 parking lot. Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM • Airport Jet Coiffeur is a full-service hair salon Location: Airport Center Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM.

Smoking

  • Smokers Lounges – There are 22 smokers lounges: 4 are located landside and 18 are located airside.

Things to do & see

  • Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour. The areas visited include: the aprons, Pier A, and the Airside Center, and then through the tunnel beneath runway 28 to Pier E, where you can get out of the bus and enjoy a close-up view of aircraft landing and taking off. Days: tours for individuals depart on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check the Observation Deck for the current schedule. Tour Duration: 1 hour 15min. Rate: CHF 8.00 (adults) / CHF 4.00 (child). Purchase tickets at the observation deck.
  • Observation Deck – Watch pilots in the cockpits through special multimedia binoculars from Observation Deck B, the airport’s main observation deck. A miniature airport playground is available for the little ones, or you can take your kids on the self-guided SWISS Kid’s Tour, which includes a coloring book and twelve interactive learning stations. During the summer months, Observation Deck E is open for viewing long-haul airplanes. Observation Deck E can be reached by free shuttle bus from Observation Deck B. Tickets for Observation Deck B are CHF 5.00 for adults and CHF 2.00 for kids (kids under age 10 are free). Location: entrance next to Check-In 2, but you must clear security first. Hours for Observation Deck B: 9:00AM – 7:00PM (closed at 5:00PM during winter months). Shuttle buses for Observation Deck E run in 30 minute intervals.

Other Airport Services & Facilities

  • Shoe Repair – Break a heel, need a key cut or a souvenir engraved? Head to Jet Service TAN. Location: Check-in Area 3. Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Zurich airport is served by the following airlines: Adria Airways • Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air China • Air Europa • Air France • Air Malta • AirSerbia • Alitalia • AlMasria Universal • American Airlines • Atlasglobal • Austrian Airlines • BH Air • Blue Islands • British Airways • Bulgaria Air • Cathay Pacific • Cobalt Air • Condor • Corendon Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Delta • easyJet • Edelweiss • EL AL Israel Airlines • Emirates • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • Finnair • Fly Valan • Germania • Germanwings • Helvetic Airways • HOP! • Iberia • Icelandair • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lufthansa • Montenegro Airlines • Nouvelair • Oman Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • SAS • Singapore Airlines • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • TAP Portugal • Thai Airways • Transavia • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Twin Jet • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • VLM • Vueling.

The covered bus terminal at Zurich is the largest and best-connected bus terminal in Switzerland, providing direct access to Check-In, the Zurich Airport Railway Station, the Glattalbahn Tram stop and the Airport Center. Sixteen bus and Postbus routes serve Zurich Airport.

Flugbus offers transportation from central Switzerland to Zurich Airport, arriving at the airport as early as 5:00AM to catch those morning flights. For more information, visit the Flugbus website.

Special services buses operate during the winter, transporting passengers between the airport and ski resorts in the Swiss Alps and across the border.

For bus routes, stop, schedules and fares, go to the Zurich Airport Regional Transportation page on the Zurich Airport website.

A large selection of well-known hire car companies are on hand to provide assistance. Car rental companies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar/Thrifty • Enterprise • Europcar • Flughafen Zurich • Hertz • National / Alamo • Sixt. Location: Airport Center, Level 01.

Providing fast and wallet-friendly ground transportation around Zurich, Glattalbahn Tram serves the airport along two routes: No. 10 runs every 7.5 -15 minutes between the airport and Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) via Glattpark, Oerlikon and Irchel; and No. 12 runs every 15 minutes between the airport and Stettbach railway station via Glattbrugg and Wallisellen station, with many interchange options along the way. For schedules, routes and fares, visit the Zurich Airport Regional Transportation page on the Zurich Airport website.

These area hotels provide courtesy airport shuttles for their guests (bus stop on curbside lane between Arrivals 1 and 2): Hilton Zurich Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport   •   Best Western Hotel Airport   •   Hotel Allegra   •   Hotel FlyAway   •   Ibis Zurich Messe Airport   •   Movenpick Zurich Airport   •   NH Zurich Airport   •   Park Inn Hotel Flughafen Zurich   •   Movenpick Zurich Regensdorf   •   Welcome Inn

Check-In All Ways provides a shared ride service exclusively serving hotels in the city center. Shuttles depart every 30 minutes from the curbside in front of Arrivals 2 between 6:30AM – 11:00PM. Like regular shared ride services, the rates for a ride with Check-In All Ways depends on the amount of passengers riding and the destinations requested, per shuttle.

Taxis are readily available in front of Arrivals 1 and 2. Official airport taxis are all-white, with an illuminated sign that says “Airport Taxi”. All official airport taxis take credit card, provide VAT-compliant receipts and have multi-lingual drivers. Taxi coordinators are available onsite during peak hours. At the time of this January 2018 update, the average one-way fare from the airport to the city center is CHF 70 (€ 56).

With about 350 rail connections, the Zurich Airport Railway Station is one of the best-connected rail stations in Switzerland. The SBB Travel Centre is located under the Airport Center in the Check-in 3 area. Ticket counters are open from 6:15AM – 10:30PM, but tickets are also available from vending machines.

Last updated: 2018-11-14

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.