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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2017
Exchanging money at Zurich airport  (3 Answers)

I ve tried to look up the exchange rates but all the money exchangers at the Zurich airport website link to their parent company . Is it better to take swiss francs from Canada or exchange the money upon arrival at Zurich ? I will need some cash rightaway at the airport but other than that , I can wait until I get into the city and try and get a better rate to get cash for hotel and train tix .
Is there somewhere to find out the ongoing exchange rates ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2016
Christmas Eve Mass, Dinner, Hotel in Zurich  (3 Answers)

Thank you for those who had advice about Christmas Eve in Zurich.
So just a few more questions...

1. I can't seem to find info online about a mass on Christmas Eve. We are Catholic and only speak English, but would be fine attending any denomination church service on Christmas Eve that is not in English. Perhaps some singing, or a midnight mass, I just need help finding any info.

2. We arrive at 11 am in Zurich, by train from Lucerne. Will be flying out of Zurich at 7 am on Christmas morning.
I want Christmas Eve to feel like the most special day of our trip, and therefore this is not a budget day. So I have looked at many hotels, and have narrowed it down to
Hotel St. Gotthard,
Hotel Arlene Bein Hauptbahnhof,
Hotel Bristol,
Zurich Marriott and
Dolder Grand.

Any input or suggestions about which to choose for one night would be appreciated.

3. I am wondering if all of the shops and restaurants on the shopping streets and old town will be closed since Christmas Eve is a day for families to be together at home?

4. What restaurant would have a very nice dinner on Christmas Eve?

With just one short day in Zurich, and trying to fit in a nice dinner and mass, and a little walking around town shopping, I am having a very hard time narrowing down where to stay and to have dinner on Christmas Eve.

Thank you for suggestions in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2016
Zurich area getaway  (2 Answers)

Hi Everyone

My husband and I will this year spend Christmas in Zurich. After Christmas we would like to spend 2-3 days near Zurich enjoying the beautiful Swiss nature, before departing from Zurich airport on December 29.

We are looking for something in the mountain where we can enjoy the picturesque landscape and the snow. We don't ski but we would like to be able to go for some walks and enjoy the nature.
We are therefore looking for some advise of which areas we should look for and might even a hotel recommendation?
We would prefer a nice small hotel in the nature, maybe even with a spa where we can relax.
Our budget is somewhere around CHF 150-300 per night.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2016
Zurich on Christmas Eve  (2 Answers)

Hi, just posted this in the Lucerne forum, but since we are spending Christmas Eve in Zurich I thought it should be posted in Zurich's forum. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

I am a mom traveling with my three kids, ages 17, 19 and 20. The plan is to take a train from Munich on Wednesday, December 21, arriving in Lucerne at 6 pm. We have a tentative hotel reservation at Hotels Des Alps, but can still cancel with no penalty if anyone had a better suggestion.
I am slightly overwhelmed at the various options of things to do, and really want this to be an unforgettable experience for the kids. I keep looking at various tours from Viator and other companies to Mt Titlus and Mt Pilatus, but it is still not clear to me which of those two would be more enjoyable for my teen/adult kids.
We need to end up in Zurich and spend the night there on the night of December 24, Christmas Eve, so that I can take a 7am flight out of Zurich to Barcelona on Christmas morning.

So here are my questions:
1. Is Hotel Des Alpes in Lucerne a decent hotel in a good location to use as a base for a two days?
Just thinking one day trip to either Mt. Titlus or Mt. Pilatus, and the other day spent exploring old town in Lucerne.
Would love suggestions for a restaurant in Lucerne for a nice dinner.

2. What trip from Lucerne would be a better experience, Mt Pilatus or Mt Titlus?
Should we book a tour with a company or just figure out how to get there on our own? We would do this on either Thursday 12/22 or Friday 12/23 so I am assuming the restaurants and other attractions at the top would not be closed.

3. On the morning of Christmas Eve we will take a train from Lucerne to Zurich. So with just one day in Zurich, can anyone suggest what area to stay in and what to in is there a good guided tour of Zurich that would last a few hours, or are we better off just picking a nice hotel in a walkable area and exploring that on our own. Are most of the shops and restaurants closed on Christmas Eve? I would actually like to stay in a nice hotel since it is Christmas Eve, and would love restaurant suggestions for a very nice Christmas Eve dinner in Zurich. So I would love hotel and restaurant and things to do in one day, please.

I know this a lot to ask but it is getting close and I need help and need to get these thing booked.
Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2016
use Zurich or Bern as base city to explore?  (11 Answers)

Visiting switzerland for first time. Would really like to see Lucern, Interlaken area and Bern /Zurich?  will be in the country for 5 days before flying out of Zurich to  visit Sevilla. thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2016
What is the guess on the cost of a taxi from the airport to Schaffhausen.  (4 Answers)

What is the guess on the cost of a taxi from the airport to Schaffhausen and how long would it take? Normally I would take the train (I think it is the S Bahn) but there are time considerations. Thanks a lot, Chuck

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
Renting a car to travel  (7 Answers)

Hi everyone! We are a family of four planning a trip to switzerland ( zurich , lucerne, Lugarno , interlaken and Basel) and we plan a car to get around to all the mentioned places. Could you suggest reliable car rentals pls? Is this a better way to see the place considering we want to really relax and enjoy the sights for a couple of hours and don't wish to be weighed down by schedules .
Secondly I'm pretty confused what clothes to pack . Would we need a lot of woollens? We plan to travel end July until 1st week August. And lastly what kind of shoes to carry ? TIA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2016
Lunch at the train station  (6 Answers)

Hi, all!

We'll have about a 1-hour layover at Zürich HB right around lunch time. Any recommendations in or near the station? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2016
65 layover in Zurich to USA  (7 Answers)

Hello! I am travelling from Thessaloniki to Zurich with Swiss airlines and from Zurich to New York with United Airlines. Flight from Thessaloniki arrives at Zurich airport at 11:50 and the flight to New York departs at 12:55. Is this sufficient time to make it in time? Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2016
Affordable eating  (10 Answers)

Hi all, the tips about affordable eating in Paris were very helpful. I have now reached Zurich,  can someone help me find affordable eating options in Zurich,  preferably near the train station HB ? Any suggestions for local Swiss cuisine, what should we eat to get a taste of Swiss cuisine.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2016
smart phone sim cards  (2 Answers)

best sim card to buy in Zurich to cover Europe and UK?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
2 days in Zurich  (3 Answers)

I will be in Zurich for 2 nights with my wife and i have a few questions:
1- We will be staying at Zurich Marriott. Is it far from the airport (ZRH)?
2-We will be celebrating her birthday. Can you suggest a restaurant with a nice, elegant atmosphere? Italian food would be my choice but i don't really mind the food as long as the atmosphere is nice.
3-Must see places in 2 days in Zurich?
4-We will be going to Hotel Bernina 1865, Samedan afterwards. What would you recommend me to go there with our luggage? Is renting a car a good idea considering the snow?
Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2015
Some questions please..frm Airport to Old Town..Help needed!  (18 Answers)

I may be going thru Zurich in transit where I will have at least 5 hours free....already deducting my time needed to be back at airport. I would like to go into the old town area. First of all..I need STEP by STEP directions with use of either train..(or tram??) Which is easier?? I say step by step because I am pretty useless with the trains! It takes me figure it out.So looking for help on this...better to get a tram to old town? Train? And directions please! I would need to change some money first..get return ticket from ..where?? And stop to get off for old town? Any insight and help...very welcome! Many thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2015
Swiss Travel Pass  (2 Answers)

Where can I buy the Swiss Travel Pass? Arriving on Zurich airport.
I know this can be purchased online - however it asked for an address for physical delivery.
I would like to either buy online if this is printable (no delivery is required) or buy it when arriving Zurich.
I arrive in a couple of days and could not order a delivery. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2015
Data plan and mobile network for 10 days  (1 Answer)

Any recommendation on what mobile operator and which plan to use for a 10 days visit in Switzerland?
Mostly for local calls and data plan (for google maps). Let me know also can this be bought from airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2015
Zurich Airport layover  (9 Answers)

I have a 1 hour layover on Swiss Air (of course). Is 1 hour enough time to get from one terminal to another? How big is the airport? I will not be checking bags. Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
Point to point travel  (3 Answers)

I will reach at Zurich on 13th October and will travel to rapper swill by Swiss train.
I will take a ticket from Zurich to rapperswill ticket which is 16.00 CHF.
After reaching in rapperswill i will checkin to hotel .
In afternoon i will visit from rapperswill to st.gallen in the afternoon same day and the cost of ticket is 12.70chf.

Could anybody advice me whether i can use the same ticket(16.00chf) from rapperswill to st.galllen.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
one day/night lay over in zurich... itinerary question  (4 Answers)

I would be reaching Zurich airport 3:45 pm on a sunday afternoon and flying out next morning 9:45 am. I would like to check in a hotel with my luggage and check out Zurich in a day. Ideally i would like to see the touristy places during day time and enjoy the night life during night. I would really appreciate any suggestion to plan my trip.
I am thinking to using the train/tram for my transportation and would like keep my explorations on safe side

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2015
Customs at Zurich airport  (4 Answers)

when traveling from Hong kong to Zurich with Swiss air and have a onward flight to Copenhagen with Swiss do I need to collect bags and go through customs and is 1 hour enough time to do this

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2015
Sceduling A Tour  (3 Answers)

Hi travelers

i will in my official visit zurich from 13october -23october from which included 5 days are off day(14,17,18,21,23) and remaining 5 days official days.

i have a big lists of destinations like bern,interlaken ,jungfurjaouch mountain,titlis mount ,rhine falls,st.moriz,zermat,rig mountain, Heidiland,Liechtenstein Mount Titlis, Lucerne,st.gallon, etc

1.can i cover these places thorugh train in just only 5 days keeping in mind i have to stay in rapperswill which is near to my office ,and every night i have to return to my hotel

as my off days are not continous.

2.what is best ticket i can take to cover all this place it better and economical if i travel through travel agency for long places like interlaken and jungfarouch mountain?

4.can anybody lighten me up for making a tour schedule?

5.For remaining official days (11am-2pm) can i visit any near by places on the way to zurich from rapperswill for the event hiking,mountain pass,sledging as i will be free after 2pm till 10pm.

Regretting if i bother you through my questions

Thanks a ton for helping me out. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2015
Including a 3 day layover in Zurich. Surcharge on Swissair?  (3 Answers)

I am planning on flying Swissair from Boston to Rome in October. The flight from Rome changes planes in Zurich on the return. I would like to break the trip to visit a friend who lives about 50 miles from Zurich for a 3 day layover and then pick up the flight sequence to Boston after the 3 day visit. Will Swissair allow that or make me pay a surcharge? Do I need a visa to leave the airport? I carry an USA passport.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2015
Day trips from Zurich  (4 Answers)

Hello, I have slightly more than a week in Zurich when I head there in September 2015. I know that accommodation can be expensive in Switzerland, thus, is it possible to take day trips from Zurich and get a train pass instead? I am interested to visit Interlaken, Bern, the Jungfrau region and Lucerne. I am staying with a family member in Zurich, therefore I wondered if I could just take day trips in and out of Zurich each day? Appreciate your advice. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2015
Airport Transit Visa - Delhi - Zurich - Toronto  (2 Answers)


I am flying on an Indian passport from Delhi to Toronto via Zurich (Layover 3 hours) - do i need a Airport Transit Visa?

I am flying on 23rd May, 2015.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2015
Visiting Zurich  (1 Answer)

I am visiting Zurich by the 20/4/2015 for business purposes. I want to add some fun activity to my visit apart from the business meetings. Looking for suggestions for some guided tours in the area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2015
one night layover in Zurich...itinerary question  (5 Answers)

I'm arriving in Zurich at 9:40pm on a Wednesday evening in June, and flying out (back home to Canada) the next morning at 9:30am. I would love to check out Zurich in my limited time. I hope my plan is possible. Any advice?
My tentative plan:

Arrive and be out of the airport by 11pm (approx?)
Take public transit to Zurich HB Stn
Check into a hotel within 10-15 minutes walking distance from this station (possibly finding something under 200 CFH? Suggestions?)
Walk around and check out the Old town, wander a bit and find some late night drinks and food - something with local feel (Suggestions?)
Back to hotel to sleep for a couple hours, then grab a sunrise coffee and catch train back to airport at 6:30am (enough time for a 9:30am flight?)

I really hope I can make this work. Thank you in advance for any feedback :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2015
Do I have to pay cash at any of the hostels?  (4 Answers)

it has been a few years since I went to Europe just want to find out if I can pay via credit card now or I still have to pay cash.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2015
Short layover sufficient?  (10 Answers)

I'm flying on SWISS and there's a short transit in Zurich airport. Though there's a fast train from the airport, is a 3 hour layover enough time to visit Zurich city center or should I just not risk it and hang around at the airport? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2015
Zurich transport  (2 Answers)

We are travelling to Zurich next week for travel show Fespo Messe 2015. I have a few questions regarding transportation?
1. What is the best and inexpensive way from airport to city center? How much is the cost?
2. What is the best option to travel from city center to exhibition area? How much is the cost*
3. How much a train ride would cost from Zurich to Basel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2015
Green Card Holder, Transit Visa!!  (1 Answer)

I'm an Egyptian, lives in USA, have the green card, going to have a layover in Zurich for one night (16 hours) do I need a transit visa?.. if yes, can I get it in the airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2014
24 Hours kiosk/Shop in Niederdorf  (2 Answers)

Dear all

Does anybody know if in the Niederdorf area there is a 24 hours Kiosk/Shop?

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