The public transportation network of Zurich (ZVV) is said to be one of the densest in the world.
Numerous trams and buses provide daytime services from 5:00 h until 00:30 h. From Friday to Sunday special night services are available.
The public transportation also includes several boat, train and cablecar services.
Tickets can be purchased from vending machines and ticket offices. Many tickets have to be validated before entering a vehicle.
Website ZVV: http://www.zvv.ch/
I have flown several times to Zurich from Dortmund and Cologne in Germany.
Zurich's airport is located about 12 km north of the city centre near the suburb Kloten. It has 3 terminals: A, B and E.
If your flight is to terminal E, then you have to use a skymetro train, which links terminal E with the other terminals.
Probably the easiest way to get into town is by train. A trip to the main train station takes about 15 minutes and all scheduled trains belong to the public transportation system.
Since December 2008 the airport also has a direct tram connection with the city centre. Tram #10 serves a route from the airport via the train station Oerlikon Ost to Zurich's main train station in less than 40 minutes.
A normal single ticket for both the train and the tram sets you back 6,20 CHF (2009) and can be bought from machines at the tram stops or the train station.
From May to October free city bikes can be rented from 6 bike stands throughout the city. To get one you have to leave your I.D. card and a deposit of 20 CHF.
Then you can head off for the whole day, but have to return your bike at the same bike stand.
The project is financed by several sponsors including the local public transport company. The bikes have 24 gears and are of really good quailty
In July 2007 we rented two of these bikes from the bike stand in Zurich Oerlikon. Our trip took us along the river Glatt to the quaint village of Oberglatt.
For more information about the location and opening times of the bike stands please check out their website.
Zurich is a city full of blue trams. The latest model is called "Cobra" but no worries it doesn't bite unless you ride it without a valid ticket. We have 13 tram lines which take you from the city center to the outskirts.
You need to buy the tickets at a ticket machine at a tram stop. Beware that some stops only have one ticket maschine which may be located on the opposite platform. You need to have coins to buy your ticket. The maschine will give you change. Keep in mind that two long (ie more than 5 stops) rides are the same price as a day card which is valid for 24 hours (but not for the night buses which need an additional surcharge of 5 CHF). If you want a short distance ticket up to 5 stops press the yellow button and for long distance the blue one and if you then press the return button you have a day card. This applies for rides in the city (zone 10) only.
The Funicular Rigiblick belongs to the public transportation network of Zurich (ZVV).
It leads to the top of the hill Zurichberg from where you can enjoy scenic views of Zurich and the Mount Rigi (1797m).
The fully automatic funicular climbs about 94 metres at a distance of almost 400 metres. You can get to the base station of the Funicular Rigiblick by tram No. 9 and 10.
Website ZVV: http://www.zvv.ch/
The present funicular was opened in 1979 and is 385 meters long and climbs 94 meters. Already in 1901 opened the Seilbahn Rigiviertel which was 80 meters shorter and closed in 1978. The funicular takes you from tram/trolleybus stop Seilbahn Rigiblick up to Rigiblick where you find a restaurant, the forest with walking trails and a view.
Both end stations are wheelchair accessible.
It runs from early morning until late at night about every 10 minutes. It first used to be a funicular opened in 1895 but when the concession run out, it was decided that the track should be extended to 1328 meters and so in 1973 the present cograilway opened. The total height difference is 162 meters.
It starts at Roemerhof (tram 3, 8 or 15) and goes to Dolder in the forest where you can take a walk or go to the nearby ice rink (winter) or public swimming pool (summer).
The funicular Polybahn is part of Zurich's public transportation network.
It links the tram stop "Central" in the lower part of Zurich with the university and is therefore mainly used by students.
The Polybahn was constructed at the end of the 19th century. Complete renovations took place in 1976 and 1996, when it reopened as UBS Polybahn.
The track length is 176 m and it takes only about 100 seconds to get from the base to the top station.
The main train station (Hauptbahnhof, HBF) of Zurich is located at the northern end of the busy street Bahnhofstrasse, right in the heart of Zurich's city centre.
It is the biggest train station in Switzerland with connections to all major towns in Switzerland.
International trains provide services to Germany, Italy, France and Austria.
Zurich Airport is best reached by train. It takes less than 15 minutes to reach the main railway station of Zurich and there are several trains per hours. Some are local (S-Bahn) trains which stop in Zuerich Oerlikon (in case your hotel is there like Swissotel or Minotel Sternen). Of course, there are also taxis or local buses to the airport.
There are several terminals and if you have to go to the new midfield one, then allow yourself lots of time because you need to take a little train and the x-ray control there is centralized and at busy times there is a long line.
The Dolderbahn is a rack railway which links the Römerhof in Zurich's city centre with the Dolder on the hill Adlisberg.
The top station can be found adjacent to the Grand Hotel Dolder at 606 m.
The Dolderbahn is integrated in Zurich's public transportation system ZVV and can therefore be used with normal public transport tickets. It runs about every 10 minutes between 6:20 h and 23:30 p.m.
Website ZVV: http://www.zvv.ch/
The public transportation system of Zurich is very efficient, there are 13 tram lines, two funiculars and many bus lines. It is easy to find your way around, at every stop there are a map of the system and timetables.
If you intend to use them more then twice during a day you should buy a day pass. It includes all tram and bus lines inside the city boarders and even the small Limmatboats.
There is also a Zurich Card which entitles you to use all means of public transport and also covers the airport and the Uetliberg. It also gives you free admission to 40 museums and a lot of other discounts.
One of the S-Bahn trains is S 10 which runs up to Uetliberg mountain south of Zurich. It is one of the (if not *the*) steepest railway w/o cog technology, and thus a sight itself. The S 10 runs from Zurich Hauptbahnhof (underground) every 20 or 30 minutes (depends on the day and time) and takes you in less than a half hour almost to the top of the mountain. Enjoyed this ride very much!
Zurich main station is the most important station in the Swiss Railways network. There are a lot of international trains from Germany, Austria, Italy and France and at least every hour connections to all regions in Switzerland. The station is located in the heart of Zurich at the end of the Bahnhofstrasse and a short walk from the old town. Inside you can find a many shops which are also open on sundays and there are a tourist information and a post office on the main floor. The main station is also the centre of the public transportation system of Zurich, just follow the signs to the tram and bus stops.
If you are planning to visit Uetliberg and want to take a little walk, then I recommend that you walk from the end of the line of the Uetliberg railway to the Felsenegg cable car which swiftly takes you down to the town of Adliswil. In Adliswil you can then take the red Sihltal train back to Zurich main station.
If you have already a valid ticket for the city of Zurich (zone 10) then you need an additional ticket. Otherwise you could buy your tickets as you go as you might want to hike down to Adliswil too.
From 4th February 2008 the cable car is closed until at least to the end of April 08 as it will undergo major renovation and reconstruction!*