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3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

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3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 6:10am on a Monday and the connecting flight is at 9:55am (to the US, if it matters). Both flights are on the same itinerary so the baggage will be checked through.

As an alternative to spending some 3+ hours in the airport I was thinking of taking tram 10 or 12 from the airport to city center and then back. Looking at the schedules, it seems doable, and the airport looks to be quite small, but would appreciate input/advice from someone who is more familiar with Kloten, or has done something similar.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

If you have only limited time, tram to city center is probably not the way to go, use train (to Zürich HB - main railway station or closer to the lake Zürich Stadelhofen) - then only tramway to save time within city center.

Use Zurich local public transport website www.zvv.ch - for time table https:/…en and for ticket information zvv.ch/zvv/…tickets.html

Zurich public transport ticketing system is zone based - you will need a 3-zone ticket for Zurich airport and Zurich center (counting for 2 zones), provided you stay in that area. A 24h pass costs as much as 2 one way tickets, so best is to get a 3-zones 24h pass for CHF 13.60 and you can use any means of transport within the defined zones (train, tramway, bus).

But make sure you are on time at the gate. You don't have much time available - depending on from where you fly in you have to pass passport check, count 15 to 30 minutes to be at the railway station, 15 minutes trip to the city center. When back at the airport you will have to pass security (usually efficient, but can take longer in case of even a minor problem), then you will have to pass passport check, take the short underground train before reaching the gates

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2. Re: 3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

Thanks jm2cents.

Any estimate of how long passport and security checks are likely to take on a Monday morning?

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3. Re: 3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

While they are efficient, time is still time and the unexpected can still happen.

With only 3 hours or so, I would not bother to leave the airport. What can anyone do in an hour in downtown Zurich? Take a selfie and say, 'look I've been in Zurich.'

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4. Re: 3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

You need to play this by ear when you arrive, and you also need to be clear what you want to see or do in the city centre. It's feasible that you could be in the city by 07:10, and you need to be back at the airport at least 1hr before departure. Luckily, you have a lot of train options to choose from...

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5. Re: 3hr 45min layover - enough time to get out of the airport?

I suppose it's possible but not much fun joining the Monday morning commuters. Extra passport controls and security don't really set one in the right mood before an eight hour flight either. Just enjoy the shopping, breakfast and some chocolate at Kloten. Time will fly by!

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