Zurich City Information

Getting Around Zurich

Public transport within the city center and to the airport will be included in your conference registration. This also includes a few funicular railways and river boats. 

Conference Ticket

A public transport ticket is included in your conference registration and can be purchased for guests via the registration form. You will receive a copy of your public transport ticket in advance to the conference by email. Please print it out and have it ready on your arrival day to profit from free public transportation from the airport to the city. A second copy will be on your name badge, that you receive with your conference materials.

The ticket is personalized and controllers from the public transport carrier ZVV might check your ID to confirm your name on the ticket. Please make sure that you take your name badge with the ticket with you at all times.

The ticket is valid from Sunday July 16 through Saturday July 22. With this ticket you can use all public ground transport facilities (bus, tram, S-Bahn, funicular railway) within the city center (zone 110) and the airport area (zone 121). 

Rental Bikes

There are free bicycle rentals in the city. Pick up at six locations throughout the city, including the centrally located Bahnhofstrasse/Globus. Open daily.

 

Online Route Planner and Timetable

To find the best means of public transport for your trips within the city of Zurich, click here to open the online timetable of the Zurich public transport provider. Fill in your current location in field A (“from”), and your destination in field B (“to”). Both A and B can be either the names of public transport stops or street addresses. Then press “search connections” and choose one. 

Arrival from the Airport

To travel to the city center from the airport, there are different options, that are all included if you print out and bring your ticket with you: 

Via Tram (access: leave the building at Level 1 = ground level, see map below)

  • Tram line 10 runs every 7,5 or 15 minutes directly from the airport to Zurich's main train station Hauptbahnhof in the city center via Glattpark, Oerlikon and Irchel.
  • Tram line 12 runs every 15 minutes from the airport to Stettbach station, providing additional connections to the airport region and other parts of the city.

Via Train (access: go to Level 02 = underground, see map below)

  • S2 (platform 1) and S16 (platform 3) run directly from the airport to Zurich's main train station Hauptbahnhof in the city center via Oerlikon. For more information and the timetable click here.
  • In case you need to go to another destination, please select a train here.

 

 

 

Getting to the Conference

To reach the conference venue from downtown Zurich you can take several tram lines. Please consult the venue map for the locations of public transport stops near your hotel and the conference venue. 

For a more unique experience, use the Polybahn to reach the conference venue from downtown Zurich: 

  • A special attraction included in your public transport ticket is the Victorian-era "Polybahn" funicular that brings you directly from the Central tram stop in downtown Zurich to the Federal Technical University ETH, which is located next to the conference venue, the University of Zurich UZH. It leaves every 2-5 minutes in each direction and is closed on Sundays. 

NOTE: The Central tram stop itself will be closed during the conference due to construction. The online timetable automatically takes this into account, but you might find printed versions of the tram lines still showing Central as a stop. A map of the resulting detours is provided here

 

 

Food & Drink

  • All water fountains in Zurich are drinking water (there are about 1200 in Zurich). Ask for “Hahnenwasser” (tap water) at restaurants if you don’t want to pay for bottled water.
  • Click here for a list of moderately priced and special restaurants. 
  • If you want to try the incredible Swiss chocolates, you can buy them one piece at a time (rather than buying a whole box) at world-famous chocolatiers, such as Sprüngli (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 21 and underneath the main train station) and Läderach (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 106 and underneath the main train station).

 

Attractions

  • There are many attractions you can see for free, including the Chagall windows in the Fraumünster Church and the Rietberg Museum for it's main collection.
  • Zurich's art museum, Kunsthaus Zurich, is free on Wednesdays to the permanent collection. 
  • There are free walking tours offered almost every day in several languages. 
  • Go in the river or lake to cool off. Some "Badis" are free to enter and it is possible to take a swim for free from several green areas all around the lake. 

 

Shopping

Shop Opening Hours

Most larger stores in Zurich are open from Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 20:00 and between 9:00 and 17:00h on Saturday, but smaller stores may close already at 18:00 during the week and at 14:00 on Saturday. On Sundays most shops are closed.

However, the shopping center Shopville underneath the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and the central shopping area in the airport are open every day between 9:00 – 20:00 (some even earlier or longer). 

Souvenirs

A local’s tip for souvenir shopping: In preparation for the Swiss National Holiday on August 1, many stores will sell all kinds of merchandise, such as place mats or potholders with the Swiss flag, grazing cows and similar Swiss emblems on them. So (besides the souvenir shops at the main train station Hauptbahnhof, near the tram stop Central on Limmatquai street and at the airport) it might be fun visiting the household goods (Haushaltswaren) sections of the local department stores, such as Coop City St. Annahof (address: Bahnhofstrasse 57) or Manor (address: Bahnhofstrasse 75) to find unique – and quite useful –  Swiss souvenirs.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

An ATM is available at the conference venue in the Lichthof hall close to the registration desk. In addition to that, there are ATMs from different banks (such as Zürcher Kantonalbank, Credit Suisse, Postfinance, Raiffeisen, UBS, Deutsche Bank) in shopping areas, at the airport etc. You can also pay with your credit card in larger stores or restaurants, but it is highly recommended to also have Swiss Francs in cash for smaller purchases. 

Pharmacy

A 24/7 pharmacy (Apotheke) is located at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof, address: Bahnhofplatz 15)

 

Doctors Practices and Hospital

  • A permanent doctor’s practice (Permanence) is also located at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof, address: Bahnhofplatz 15), open every day from 07:00-22:00 without an appointment.
  • A special children’s permanent doctor’s practice (Swiss Medi Kids) is located across the street from the main train station (address: Bahnhofplatz 9), open every day from 8.00 – 20.00 without an appointment.
  • A permanent dentists’ practice is located at the Marktplatz Oerlikon (address: Edisonstrasse 11), open Mon-Fri: 7:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00 and Sun12:00 - 15:00. Please call ahead for an appointment.
  • The University hospital area is located across the street and uphill from the conference venue. Its emergency department (address: Schmelzbergstrasse 8) is open at all times.

 

Zurich with Kids

Daycare for children of all ages will be provided close to the conference venue. To receive further information on this service, as well as about bringing children to the social events or in case you need a nursing room, please contact the local organizers before the conference.

Children up to and including the age of 5 (accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket) can go for free on all means of public transport within the ZVV area, including the city of Zurich and the airport region, that are covered by the conference ticket for the adults. For children between 6 and 16 years, tickets for a reduced price are available at any ZVV ticket machine or counter by selecting the icon for half price “1/2” (also called Halbtax).

A list of ideas for excursion with children from Zurich Tourism is given here.

Two more insiders’ tips are:

For younger children (from 0-8 years old, 1-5 hours)

Gemeinschaftszentren and playgrounds Bucheggplatz and Wipkingen

  • Some of Zurich’s Gemeinschaftszentren (community centers) offer large playgrounds with slides, swings, zip line, sandboxes and water pumps, mostly shaded by large trees. The playgrounds are open to the public at all times.
  • The Gemeinschaftszentren Bucheggplatz and Wipkingen also house a few domestic animals (ponys, lamas, small pigs, rabbits), that the children love to watch.
  • During their opeining hours, they also run little cafés that serve coffee, self-made cake and sometimes also sandwiches at very moderate prices for Zurich standards.
  • GZ Wipkingen near the Limmat river (address: Breitensteinstrasse 19 a, tram stop: Wipkingerplatz)
  • GZ Bucheggplatz with large tunnel slide (address: Bucheggstr. 93, tram stop: Bucheggplatz)
  • Both Gemeinschaftszentren Bucheggplatz and Wipkingen can be reached by public transport with your conference ticket.
  • Remember to bring extra clothes to change when your kids are soaking wet and crusted in mud after having had a great time in the sand (turned to mud by means of the water pump)!
  • During their opening hours, the Gemeinschaftszentren also offer indoor playrooms.

For older children (from 5 years old and up, 1-2 hours)

Museum of Digital Art MuDA (address: Pfingstweid Str. 101, tram stop: Toni-Areal)

  • A small space with changing exhibitions of digital art, such as interactive animations. Children are allowed to touch the exhibits and the staff is happy to explain the programming behind the art.
  • Open Tue – Sun 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., closed on Mondays (like most Museums!)
  • Admission: CHF 10
  • Ages under 16: free
  • The MuDa can be reached by public transport with your conference ticket.