Getting around Zurich by metro, tram or public transport. Schedules and tickets

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Transport is considered, for good reason, the flagship of the Swiss capital. Thanks to extraordinary efficiency, cleanliness, safety and modernity, moving around Zurich by public transport is really simple and intuitive.

The public transport network includes buses, trams, S-Bahn trains, funiculars and even boats, all operated in a single integrated system operated by ZVV. Thanks to this, a single ticket can be used on any vehicle.


Move to Zurich by tram

Since the 1882, year of opening, the tram system has been one of the landmarks of city transport. Even today, the tram is the ideal solution to move around Zurich and the neighboring municipalities.

Son well 15, the lines active within the city (ZONA 110), identified by a progressive number from 2 to 17 (missing the 16 number). Many trams are characterized by low platforms, ideal for use by handicapped and wheelchair users. The 6, 10 and 12 lines (the latter with a terminus at the airport) all present this feature.

Generally, trams are running, from Monday to Friday, from 04: 30 to 23: 00, approx. The frequencies, at peak times, are around 7 minutes. At weekends, the lines run until around midnight. On Sundays, he ran every 15 '.


They are 66, the ordinary rubber lines that operate inside the 110 AREA. To these, there are the numerous lines that allow you to reach the neighboring municipalities and cantons. The bus is, like the tram, one of the favorite means of getting around Zurich. The vehicles are modern, efficient and extremely punctual.

Daytime buses operate from early morning to 23: 00 approx. They are identified only by a number. At night, however, the Nachtbuses operate, which operate after midnight. In the city, 12 night lines are active, allowing you to move around Zurich in complete tranquility. A letter N, followed by a number, identifies night buses.


The S-Bahn suburban railway is made up of numerous lines that are ideal for getting around Zurich and the surrounding area very quickly

The lines converge, in the majority, to Zurich HBF, the central railway station. Thanks to the S-Bahn you can quickly reach the airport and Winterthur. The lines that operate within the City are 8, identified by the letter S preceding the number.

SN is the Nacht S-Bahn, that is, the suburban railway in service during the night. The night path includes the main stops a Stadelhofen, Bellevue, Central e Zurich HBF. Even the S-Bahn, like buses and trams, is part of the single tariff system.


Two funiculars are active in the city. UBS Polybahn, colleague Central Square with the building ETH Zürich, seat ofEidgenössisches Polytechnikum. With a length of just 176 meters, it is more a symbol than a means of transport itself. The funicular is mainly used by students, directed to the Polytechnic, however, from the terrace of the ETH, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. The journey from Central takes a couple of minutes, but it's worth a ride.

Rigiblick funicular up and down

Photo, 2009 Joel Bez

Seilbahn Rigiblick, it is the funicular located to the north-east of the city. It has an extension of 385 meters, and a total of 5 stops. Rigiblick, on the hill of Zürichberg, is the end of the line. The funicular, blue and white, is connected to the 9 and 10 lines of the Tram. It has a frequency of about 6 minutes and a travel time of about 5 minutes. Every year it is used by over 600000 passengers.


Moving by boat is a suggestive way to discover glimpses and really beautiful views of the city. It is certainly not an alternative to move around Zurich. From the river, you will be able to see Zurich in a different light. ZGC is the acronym that identifies the transport by boat.


As mentioned, to move to Zurich by public transport, it will be sufficient to always buy the same ticket, regardless of what you use. Trams, buses, S-Bahn trains, funiculars and boats all belong to the integrated system.

Rates vary depending on the area. Generally, to move within the City (110 ZONE) simply buy the ticket valid for 2 zone. It is important to remember, however, that the 110 and 120 (Winterthur) Zones are ALWAYS counted as 2 zones. This means that those wishing to move from 121 AREA (where Zurich International Airport is located) to 110 AREA, or vice versa, will always have to buy a ticket for 3 ZONE, even though they are actually only two!

Individual tickets and carnet are ideal for those who use the vehicles occasionally. A single ticket for 2 zones, costs 4,40CHF. Ideal for moving around Zurich city center. It is valid for 60 minutes from the time of validation. The single ticket from 3 zone, ideal for example to move from the airport to the center, costs 6,80CHF. It too has a validity of 60 '.

Booklets, available for all areas, are valid for 6 journeys. They allow savings in the order of 10%, on the price of single tickets. For example, the 6 travel book for 2 zones costs 23,80CHF, rather than 26,40.

Tramnetz Zürich

Photo, 2014 Tschubby

ZVV DAY PASS is ideal for moving around Zurich on a frequent basis. They have a validity of 24 hours from the first validation, and allow unlimited use of all means, for the areas purchased. A ticket for 2 zones, costs 8,80CHF. For 3 zones, 13,60CHF.

9 O'CLOCK DAY PASS, is a special ticket, VALID FOR ALL AREAS, for a day to choose between Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Costs 26,00CHF for adults, and 13,00CHF for children. It can also be used for a weekday of your choice, however, in this case, its temporal validity is restricted by 09: 00 to 17: 00. Recommended if you want to reach One very far from the center, during the weekend.

Kanoa RECALLS that in order to use the boats and night lines, it is COMPULSORY to PURCHASE the SUPPLEMENT in addition to the ordinary ticket. Costa 5,00CHF.

All tickets and surcharges can be purchased at the numerous vending machines in the main stations, at agencies and merchants displaying the ZVV brand, or even via APP.


The ideal solution that combines culture with the convenience of transport. Available only in cuts from 24 and 72 hours, the Zurich Card allows you to use all means of public transport in the 110, 111, 121, 140, 150, 154 and 155 areas. You can also take advantage of free admissions and reductions in the main museums of Zurich. In addition, you will have numerous discounts on activities and catering.

The Zurich Card from 24 hours, costs 27,00CHF per adult, and 19,00CHF per child. The card from 72 hours, respectively, costs 53,00CHF and 37,00CHF.

For info, updates, areas and times, we recommend that you consult the official website, from this link.

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