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Nov 21

Zurich Airport Review

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Oftentimes when flying into Europe one has a wide choice of where to begin a  multi national journey, or several places in which to connect to a final destination. Zurich is a fantastic airport both as a final and transit place and it merits a spot among the top European airports.

 

First of all the airport sits centrally located within Europe. From here one can connect within an hour or two to anywhere else on the continent. It is obviously the hub of Swiss air, which offers top quality service and widespread destinations. The airport itself is not far out of Zurich at all just 20 minutes. It is ideally connected to the city and beyond via trains and highways. Even for one stopping over for several hours going out to Zurich or even some of the surrounding towns like Baden (where you can enjoy an excellent Swiss spa own) is an easily accomplished feat.

 

The airport is well maintained, simple to navigate and medium sized. There are plenty of nice places to relax, excellent café’s, restaurants and stores all with easy access to the gates. The place is maintained as clean, one certainly feels safe and things run like clockwork. As in all of Switzerland, be prepared for the expense. Nothing is affordable and the local currency will make normally high airport prices even higher. There are many interesting displays to explore, things like natural history, artwork and trendy tourism offices with riveting photos, promotional material and tourism agents ready to explain the full range of natural, historical and athletic wonders present in Switzerland.

 

As regards border crossing, one should be prepared for a friendly yet serious encounter with border agents. Either if one is coming directly or transiting to another Shengen area be prepared to explain the purpose of your visit and show proof of a return ticket or visa if required. Zurich is overall a great place to encounter a well run transit hub and entryway to a country that prides itself on doing small things perfectly.

 

The airport has seen a growth in traffic in 2014 and this has been accompanied by an increase in its luxury retail offerings, more cafe’s an online bookable parking system and airport prize offerings and shopping promotions.

 

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2 comments

  1. Ronald D Magee

    Worst airport on earth. I purchased duty free liquor in USA. Flight was Newark, NJ to Zurich, then connecting to Milan. Getting off the plane in Zurich we immediately had to go through security. I had the properly packaged liquor with me in a secure, tamper-evident sealed bag. I was told the packaging was not correct and the Zurich TSA ripped apart the stapled bag and confiscated the liquor. I am sure they have many parties with this illegitimate seizure of duty free properly packaged liquor. I will continue to go out of my way to discourage traveling to or through Zurich.

    The law effect 2014 is as follows internationally:

    The new TSA rules that allows duty-free liquor in carry-ons does come with limitations, though. Bottles must be purchased in duty-free shops overseas, and they must be placed in “secure, tamper-evident bags” (also known as STEBs) that are subject to screening by the TSA.
    “Technological advances may allow passengers to keep these liquids in their carry-on baggage,” the TSA said, “provided they are presented in a STEB and are able to be screened and cleared by Transportation Security Officers at the checkpoint.”

    1. voyageur
      voyageur

      Thanks for your comment.
      So Sad to hear you had a bad experience in Zurich Airport.
      We use a lot that airport and we like it a lot.
      It is important to remember that it was actually TSA who imposed those rules about liquids and Europe has been trying to stop those rules that does not make any sense.
      Enjoy your future trips!

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