Going to Switzerland
Our sustainably updated Travel Guide about the land of the Alps
Switzerland is a small alpine state in the heart of Europe. Its major cities are Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Friborg.
Switzerland has no access to the sea but that unfortunate little fact never stopped it from successfully developing financial and trade relations with the rest of the world. This 7.5 million country is a recognized global financial center. Coincidentally, if you have a lot of money and worry about its safety, Switzerland is your first choice – it’s also famous for its superb banking services.
Tourists come here to bask in the peace and harmony its nature so readily offers, to watch stunning mountains and lakes, breath in the clean and fresh air, drink water. On a more pragmatic side, Switzerland also boasts of magnificent SPA resorts, the world’s best watches, cheese and chocolate.
Going to Switzerland is also such a cool thing because in this country literally everything works. When talking about Switzerland, people compare the life here to a perfectly working clock. But I would say that it is just a life without surprises. In Switzerland, you know when and how something should happen and who is going to be responsible. It’s easy to make plans here.
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Flights to Switzerland
Switzerland can probably be called a crossroads of Europe. It’s a one-hour flight from major Swiss cities to most significant European airports. Tickets to Switzerland are not that expensive – check it out on Skyscanner or Aviasales and you will find out that the prices are rather reasonable, especially if compared to other European destinations.
Interesting facts: most of the travelers coming in and out of Switzerland are from London, Paris, Amsterdam and Porto. The biggest European capital Moscow is in the top 20.
Airports in Switzerland
Switzerland has four international airports: Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Basel. The last one connects three countries. From each airport, you can easily get to the city center by public transport (bus or train), by taxi or renting a car.
From Geneva Airport you can either take a bus (number 5 or F) or use a train of SBB CHFFFS. Lifehack: passengers arriving in Geneva can get a 90 minutes free-ticket at the exit from the terminal (in the baggage claim hall). It is valid for all kinds of public transport. It’s thirty minutes by bus and only ten minutes by train if you want to go to the city center.
From Zurich Airport to city center the fastest way is to use a train. The trains arrive every 5-10 minutes and in fifteen minutes you are there. The ticket will cost you CHF 5.60. Tram number 10 or a mini-shuttle bus are also available, but this type of ride will take about half an hour.
If you land in Lugano, take the train S60 or a funicular or a bus number 4 from the station, located 850 meters from the airport’s terminal. There is a train and a bus going to Lugano from Malpensa Airport (Italy) too.
Taxi and Transfers
Zurich and Geneva are major business centers in Switzerland. Hence a lot of residents and travelers here use services of private drivers or taxis. The cost of travel from the airport to the city depends on the class of the car. It may vary from CHF 30 to 80. In Geneva and Zurich, there is also Uber and several local taxi-type aggregators (Kapten).
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Car rentals in Switzerland
Those preferring to travel independently can rent a car. Car rental in Geneva and Zurich is possible both at the airport and in the city center. A day of renting an economy class car without mileage restrictions will cost from CHF 40 to 60 on the average.
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Railways in Switzerland
You can buy a train ticket at every train station in Switzerland either at the ticket office or using a self-service terminal. Another option is to book the train ticket online at the Swiss Railways SBB CHFFFS website. By the way, if you buy online or use the mobile app, you can benefit from significant discounts. A train ticket is usually valid for a day-trip (one-way or with a return-date). If you know the date of your travel precisely, booking a ticket via the website in advance will save you some money.
Hotels in Switzerland
In Switzerland, you can find lodging for every taste. There are luxury 5-star hotels and super exclusive SPA recreational sites, there are hostels, and cozy chalets, and a wide choice of apartments and studios in Geneva or Zurich, enjoy the view of the Alps or stay at the house of a local winemaker or a farmer – name it and most likely they have it. Either way, the quality of the service in Switzerland is high and you will enjoy the experience.
Restaurants in Switzerland
Switzerland is where many culture have mixed together. A great variety of cuisines: from African to sophisticated pan-Asian to European. There are 23,000 restaurants in Switzerland: 96 were awarded with one Michelin star, 19 obtained two stars, and just three were honorably granted three Michelin stars.
Dining out in Switzerland is expensive. If you want a wine option as well, get ready to pay at least CHF 70 per person.
Therefore, the Swiss prefer to eat at home, buying food at Migros or Coop. They offer good ready-made fresh options. There are also food delivery services such as Eat.ch, Uber.Eats.
If you decide to go to a restaurant, you can book a table online thanks to LaFourchette.ch.