How to Get to Switzerland?
Zurich International Airport or Flughafen Zurich (ZRH) is the largest and most busy airport in Switzerland. It is a main influx of tourists into the country. Moreover, Geneva and Bern also serve tourists to get to Switzerland.
Trains are the 2nd most favorable way to reach Switzerland especially Zurich, Geneva, and Bern from neighboring countries. You can reach Zurich from Italy, France, Austria, and Germany. Zurich Hauptbahnhof (HB), the central station, should be one of your final destinations in Zurich city. I reached Zurich from Frankfurt by train and then left from Geneva by air to Nice.
Buses are the alternative route to reach here from neighboring cities. Many bus companies like Flix bus and others from Busbud can be chosen to reach right in the center of Zurich. Generally, the buses are equipped with wifi, toilets, air conditioning, and power sockets.
How to Get Around in Switzerland while Backpacking?
The area for top attractions in most of the cities is quite walkable. Like in Zurich, we can see almost all of the city attractions from Zurich HBf to Lake Zurich on foot. The same is applied to the city centers of Lucerne, Interlaken, etc. However, as per your requirements and for urban suburbs, you can take the trains, trams, ferries, and taxis to go from one point to another.
In Zurich, the Zurcher Verkehrsbund (ZVV) runs the basic public transport infrastructure in the city.
The commuter trains or S-Bahn connects Zurich with its suburbs. It also connects the city with the airport. Its operating time is from 5:00 am until 12:30 am. Besides, the frequency of operations is set at 15 minutes intervals. Within the city, there are four railway stations including the main station Zurich Hauptbahnhof.
Trams are an important part of Zurich city Transportation. Moreover, there are over 12 lines that serve the city.
The ferry is the main mode of transportation beside Lake Zurich. Zurich Navigation Company runs a boat service on Lake Zurich. There are two types of boat trips in lake Zurich. You can take a long round journey as well as a short one. Tickets can be purchased from the ZVV ticket office, Burkliplatz ticket office, or on the boat. ZVV zone ticket is also accepted here.
Zurich taxis are very expensive. The base fare is 6CHf. Moreover, an additional 3.8CHF per km is applicable on further mileage.
How much is the Cost of Travelling within Zurich on Switzerland Backpacking?
- A single ticket is valid for one hour and it cost 2.7 CHF for a single zone to 6.8 CHF for three zones.
- Multiple journey ticket consists of 6 single tickets and the fare is 10% less than a single ride option.
- Day passes start from 5.4, 8.8, and 13.6 for one, two, and three-zone travel in 24 hours. Day passes can be available for multiple days too.
- Zurich Card is ideal for tourists who want to stay for up to 3 days in Zurich. It is available for 24(24CHF) and 72 hours(48CHF). Besides, it is valid for all 7 zones. Apart from free unlimited access to public transportation it also allows free access to most of the Museums.
Swiss Travel Pass
The Swiss Travel Pass is a good option for a traveler visiting Switzerland’s multiple destinations. Swiss Travel Pass is available for 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. The prices are 225, 270, 398 and 485 CHF respectively. This pass allows unlimited free travel by trains, buses, and boats. Moreover, it includes free entry to almost 500 Museums. Besides a discounted entry to many excursions like Mount Titlis and Shilthorn, and Rigi.