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Zurich Airport Review

by web-administrator (November, 2014)


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(Guest Review) there are plenty of places to sleep, you can easily find a quiet gate to sleep at without anyone bothering you, there are some comfy lounge chairs (I forget at which terminal), my only complaint would be that it is sometimes hard to navigate as signage is a bit confusing and there aren't that many people available to ask for help

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Zurich Airport Review

by web-administrator (April, 2015)


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(Guest Review) Everything is closed super early, super expensive... the benchs are divided two-two... so it's difficult to fit yourself there overnight. Only good choice is to go to the couches in some open air bars, but then they wake you up at 5 am...

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Zurich Airport Review

by web-administrator (September, 2014)


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(Guest Review) I only use this airport for connecting flights (Europe to Asia) but it does seem very expensive for modest refreshments during the long wait. But in general, the people and facilities are fine and would receive no complaints from me.

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Zurich Airport Review

by web-administrator (September, 2014)


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(Guest Review) NOt very confortable seats. The cleanners passed by my side with their cleanning machine making as much noise as possible (yes, in porpouse). I was in June and the air conditioning was extremly cold even colder than outside

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Goodbye to Eurolot

by stawka (March, 2015)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Airside
Pros: safe, warm, quiet, clean
Cons: airside, cleaning


I made 24h spotting trip to say goodbye to Eurolot, which suspending operations 31st March 2015. Arrived 20:00 and stayed airside for night (always much safer than landsie). After some time of taking photos, I looked around for a place to sleep. In gates A area seats are in '(' shape and grouped 222 with baggage shelf between, so not even tried them. Airside center looked better, one pax was already sleeping there. But the best place was in the center of gates B pier - big area of flat and soft seats, grouped 3, 31, 3131 and similar. Temperature was ok, i layed in t-shirt with sweater flipped over my back to keep kidneys warm. Lights were dimmed in the night and after turning over facing seat they were not disturbing at all. Earplugs was also not necessary, as it was completely quiet (without any announcements) from 11PM, until some cleaning actions around 1AM. Cleaning machine actually moved once in the alley between my bench and another, but after few minutes silence returned. My alarm clock was set at 5AM and at this time there was some people waiting for morning departures and talking, so going back to sleep was not an option. It was still dark night, but I refreshed myself in restroom (clean, but tight) and went to first spotting location. While walking through airside, I have not seen any good place even to sit. Some constructions in progress, few policeman walking around. Summarizing - staying airside was a very good choice. WiFi - its free for one hour, then you have to wait seven hours to reset. Access code is obtained via cellphone number and probably it also remembers IMEI or MAC. So after one hour you have to use another cellphone with another number.

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Zurich Airport Review

by web-administrator (January, 2015)


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(Guest Review) I had a 24h layover in Zurich Airport from 6:50 am to the same time the following day (Bangkok Zurich Stockholm). Landside is horrible. Staying on landside is really not recommendable as there are no comfortable seats (except at a cafe in the airport centre and at starbucks). There are two supermarkets in the airport centre where you can get to know Swiss prices, but they are still cheaper than the sandwiches and drinks from the restaurants and cafes. I wouldn't know where I could sleep staying landside, since I though the Starbuck sofas where pretty small. Walked around for 2h to find a power outlet and couldn't find one that does not have the Swiss type (which is different to European/ British/ American types). Got my boarding pass at noon and crossed over to airside. Much better options: power outlets everywhere, good sleeping possibilities on the benches. Around Gate B 31 there where some other overnighters and the light was dimmed around 11pm. No noises at night and no cleaning. Lights come back at 4am. There is only free internet for one hour. If you use a different phone number to get a second code you still have to wait for 7 hours until you can surf again. If you want to stream movies just let them load while you browse works fine. There is also a transit hotel which is expensive. You pay 20 CHF/Dollar for a simple bench with blanket and from 40 CHF/Dollar for a bed!

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Worst day of my life

by solange (March, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: Nothing
Cons: EVERYTHING


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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Zurich Airport

by web-administrator (September, 2014)


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(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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The best.

by andrewts (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 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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Lovely!

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. 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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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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Two peaceful nights in Zurich

by sharbear (January, 2013)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: quiet, many options for sleeping
Cons: some options aren't so comfortable


I spent two nights in the Zurich airport--one on the way to my next destination and one on the return trip. I slept airside, where there are plenty of options for overnight guests. :) There's a large seating area near the shopping/dining section, and also some cozy-looking disc-shaped seats at the sports bar. This seems to be where most people choose to sleep. However, if you head toward the A gates (63-80s), there's a small area with free internet available (on 5 tablet computers), and just behind the computers are small but cushiony chairs--a great place for sleeping IF you can beat everyone else to it! I ended up camping out on the seats at one of the A gates in a quiet, shadowy corner. It was quiet, semi-comfortable, and the only people I saw all night were the floor polisher and some guy getting snacks from a vending machine (the 15-20 others were dozing back in the dining area). The lights were dim, and announcements didn't start until about 5am, and the shops were opening up between 5 and 6. There ARE sleep rooms available for rent as well. If you're going to spend a night in an airport, Zurich is a great choice!

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Really nice

by papiou (June, 2012)


Reason for Stay: No Money
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Safe, Clean, Quiet
Cons: Maybe too quiet


I should wait for 10 hours in the night. In the airport after 23-00:00 there is not much of action and somebody can rest or sleep without problem. Not only on the airport seats but also at some Bars/Cafes couches that are quite comfortable. (strong advice St@rbucks). Really nice.

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