When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Zurich?
The low season in Zurich is December to February so prices in the city will be cheaper then but flights won’t necessarily be because Zurich is a popular stopover for those flocking to Switzerland for skiing and other winter sports. March to May is the crossover season between winter and summer tourism so the cheapest return flights to Zurich can be found during this period.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Zurich?
It is generally advised to book your Zurich flights about three months before departure to secure the best budget-friendly deals, unless you are willing to take a chance on finding a possibly cheaper last-minute return flight. If you’re interested in theatre, art or music, June 2024 / 2025 is a great time to visit and attend the Zurich Festival, a collection of cultural exhibitions spread over four fun-filled weeks.
Flying to Zurich Airport (ZRH)
Zurich Airport (ZRH), also known as Kloten Airport, is the biggest international airport in Switzerland and also serves as a major travel hub that connects Zurich with the rest of the country. ZRH offers direct flights to over 196 worldwide destinations in 62 countries.
Direct return flights from London Heathrow to Zurich are operated by both Swiss Airlines and British Airways, whereas Lufthansa offers flights to Zurich that stop off in Munich. You can also choose to depart from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and Edinburgh, all of which offer several indirect flights with carriers like KLM, British Airways, AirFrance and Lufthansa. Swiss Airlines also offers direct flights to Zurich from Manchester and Birmingham.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
ZHR has three terminals, all connected by a central complex where you can find the check-in desks, the bus, tram and rail terminals and an impressive shopping centre. Alongside a series of duty-free shops, there is a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafes to suit any taste, as well as the necessary bank branches, ATMs, currency exchange and VAT refund services.
Getting to the city from Zurich Airport (ZRH)
Situated just 13 kilometres north of central Zurich, ZRH is extremely well connected with not only the city centre but also the majority of the country. Upon arrival, you can use the tram and train services to reach central Zurich, but many popular hotels have their own free airport shuttle buses. If this isn’t the case with where you’ve chosen to stay, use the Check-in all-ways shuttle service that serves hotels in the city and surrounding areas. Taxis and car rentals are also available.
Why Visit Zurich?
As rich in culture as it is commerce, the city of Zurich combines modern Swiss efficiency with a renowned arts scene that bubbles just beneath the surface. The city also plays host to a huge variety of architectural styles that co-exist harmoniously. The ethereal Romanesque architecture of the Grossmünster Church in the old town and the brightly coloured Pavillon Le Corbusier are both equally impressive.
The same could be said for the contradictory yet complimentary skyline, which sees modern infrastructure take the foreground against the magnificent Alps and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Zurich in the distance. A stunning city to wander around and even more breathtaking if you take the time to uncover some of its better-kept secrets, a Zurich holiday definitely deserves a top spot on your travel bucket list.
Do you need a visa to travel to Switzerland?
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. Before arriving in Zurich it is best to compare rates for the best possible currency exchange so that you have enough Swiss franc on your person upon arrival. There are places available to exchange currency in all major UK airports and in ZRH, but it may be cheaper to do so elsewhere.