Zurich Airport, also known as Zurich Kloten Airport, named after the municipality of Kloten within which the airport is located, is Switzerland's largest and busiest international airport serving the country's largest city, Zurich; and through its surface transport links, serves most of the rest of Switzerland. The airport is located 13km north of Central Zurich in the municipalities of Kloten, Rumlang, Oberglatt, Winkel, and Opfikon, all of which are inside the canton of Zurich. It is also the main hub of Swiss International Air Lines and has three airside piers known as Terminals A, B, and E which were also signposted as Gates A, B/C, and E. Zurich Airport serves about 70 airlines, operating flights to hundreds of destinations around the world.
Being the largest city in Switzerland, it's no wonder that there would be a lot of things to do and sights to see in the city. Most of them can be found in the old town around the river and lakefront. Historical, architectural, and religious landmarks litter the city. Go and see Old Romanesque churches like the Grossmunster in Zwingliplatz. This church stands as the symbol of the reformed Zurich, definitely perfect for your photo ops. Talking about art and culture, Zurich also has a fair share of these housed inside museums. Visit Landesmuseum, the biggest Swiss history museum that houses various traditions of the cantons that comprises Switzerland. The Reitberg Museum is also an interesting place as it showcases one of Europe's best collections of Asian art that mainly consist of Indian drawings. If you are visiting the city with kids in tow, the Zoo is definitely worth a visit. Located in Zürichbergstrasse 221, the Zoo houses the new Masoala Rainforest Halla. If you're looking for a tranquil place to sit around in especially during the weekend or in the evening, Lake Promenade and the Chinese Garden might just fit the bill. On a fine day, it would be delightful to take the Polybahn, the city's 19th century funicular that brings you up the steep hill and offers a fine view of the city. You can also go skiing by train by purchasing snow'n'rail ticket at the Hauptbahnof during winter months. If you're the type who enjoys the nightlife, or would want to experience it in Zurich, club-hopping is best done with your best buddies. Certainly, there is something for you in Zurich.
How to get around within Zurich
Tourists will have an easy time navigating around Zurich as the city is famous for its highly efficient, clean, and safe public transport system that consists of trams, buses, night buses, trains, and boat. Know that in Zurich, you have to purchase and validate tickets first before boarding. Failing to do so will lead to an on-the-spot fine. Tickets can be purchased from any ticket machine or by SMS using a Swiss mobile number. Trams and buses, mostly electric, cover the city. They run every seven to 15 minutes and are mostly on-time with the exemptions of snow; wet leaves on the tracks during autumn; or overwhelming traffic that could mix up the schedule. If you're visiting the suburbs, the S-Bahn is the most convenient and fastest rail system which covers nearly all suburban areas in the city and beyond. Buses, trams, and the S-Bahn run until half past midnight. Beyond that, night buses and S-Bahn based night time network run every half an hour on weekends. They service the main hubs within the city as well as the greater Zurich region. When you board these transport at night, you will be required to have a valid ticket plus a night supplement (CHF 5 -). If you wish to drive your way around the city, this option is also open. However, driving conditions in Zurich can become a little challenging to some. Bikes and skateboards are also fun ways to explore the city. You can borrow them using your passport and a CHF 20 deposit as guarantee from 7:00 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. daily.
How to get there
If flying to the largest city in Switzerland, you will probably land at Zurich Airport or Zurich Kloten Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Switzerland. The airport is a 12-minute train ride away from the city. Trains run every 2-12 minutes from the airport to the city centre. However, these trains run less frequently during early in the morning and late in the evenings. The railway station is located at the lowest underground Level 2 of the adjacent airport shopping centre, across the arrival gates. Tickets are valid for any kind of public transport including trains, tram, bus, boat, and cable cars. Make sure to have a valid ticket before you board any of these vehicles. The airport is also connected to the city by tram line No. 10. They are pink in colour and takes about 37 minutes to get to the city centre. Both the tramway stop and bus terminal are located at the ground level of the South of the airport shopping centre. From other Swiss and European cities, regular trains depart from and arrive at Hauptbahnhof (HB) station at the city centre of Bahnhofstrasse. Trains like the suburban S-Bahn, regional RE, and long-distance trains IR, IC, and ICN, connects Zurich throughout Switzerland, Germany's ICE, France's TGV, as well as various other direct (night) train services to and from Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Rome, Lecce, Milano, Paris, Barcelona, Salzburg, Linz, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, and Beograd. There are a total of 26 railway stations within Zurich's city borders. If you're driving a car to Zurich, it would be a delight to know that almost every highway in Switzerland leads straight to Zurich. When entering the city by bus, the long distance coach services normally end at the coach terminal next to the main railway station. They mainly come from southern destinations like the Western Balkans or Spain. Also, there is a bi-weekly bus to Banja Luka, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Since Zurich is located at the end of Lake Zurich, getting to the city by boat is highly possible. Boats usually come from other lake villages in the country.
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