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The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Zürich Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • Europcar

    8.8 (6691)
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  • Avis

    8.4 (4864)
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  • Unirent Car Rental

    8.4 (266)
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  • Budget

    8.1 (8462)
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  • Dollar Rent a Car

    8.1 (3609)
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  • Alamo

    8.1 (7456)
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  • Thrifty

    7.8 (4499)
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  • Enterprise

    7.7 (1606)
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  • Hertz

    7.7 (5686)
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  • Flizzr

    7.6 (249)
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  • Sixt

    7.6 (2565)
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Car rental location Zürich Airport

Zürich Airport Guide

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Zurich Airport is the largest international airport in Switzerland and might just be your gateway to this small but absolutely beautiful Alpine country. Transport between the airport and Zurich is very easy, clearly not an exception to the efficient Swiss public transport system. Driving in and around Switzerland is highly recommended as well, especially when the roads you drive through in the Swiss countryside offer stunning views of the snow-capped Alps and their serene lakes.

Who to Book With
The offices of the car hire providers at Zurich Airport are found on Level 1 of the Airport Centre. Travellers wishing to hire a car can choose from five providers: Sixt, Hertz, Europcar/National/Alamo, Budget and Avis. Offices are open from 06:00 to 23:30. Returning your car at Zurich Airport is easy as there are sufficient signs for Car Rental Returns as you approach the airport.

Need to Know Essentials
When picking up your vehicle at the Airport Centre, you will need the following:

- National driver's licence held for at least a year (International Driving Permit for non-EU drivers)
- Proof of identity and age (at least 25 years old)
- Credit or debit card

For more info read our FAQ's.

Speed limits must strictly be followed as fines for speeding can be grave in Switzerland. The speed limit for built-up areas is 31mph while outside, it is 49mph. On motorways, it ranges from 62mph to 74mph. While in Switzerland, it is obligatory to always have snow chains and a warning triangle in the vehicle. The vignette sticker is also required to be posted on a vehicle to show that the annual motorway tax has been paid for that vehicle. All persons within the car must wear seatbelts, including passengers in the rear seats. Some filling stations may not accept UK credit cards. It is always best to check with your bank before travelling.

See our guide to Switzerland for more information on driving here.


Zurich Airport is no exception to the efficient Swiss transport system. The dedicated Swiss Federal Railway station at the adjacent Airport Centre is used not only by the trains but also by trams. Buses take passengers to Zurich city centre and to other regional destinations. Taxi and limousine services are available, too. Driving here from Zurich city centre is easily done via route L1 to get to the E60/E41 motorway, which provides direct access to the A51 toll road taking you directly to Zurich Airport.

The Swiss Federal Railways has a railway station for Zurich Airport located on the lowest level of the Airport Centre. From the Arrivals area, simply head out and cross the street to reach the centre. A one-way direct train to the main railway station Zurich Hauptbahnhof (HB) takes 12 minutes and costs around £4.50. Two ZVV tram lines also depart from the same station every seven to 15 minutes. Glatttalbahn 10 goes to Zurich HB via Zurich Oerlikon while Glatttalbahn 12 travels to Stettbach via Glattbrugg and Wallisellen. A single-journey tram ticket begins at about £2.

Taxi and limousine services are available at the airport. The taxi queues are located right outside Arrivals 1 and 2. Official airport taxis are also available and the queues can be found right after travellers clear customs. The base rate is £4, increasing by £2.50 per kilometre travelled. Cabs may charge additional fees for luggage. Credit cards are accepted.

Taxi prices:
Zurich Airport to Zurich city centre is about £40

Zurich Airport has a dedicated bus terminal located at the Airport Centre's ground level. Bus line 10 travels from the airport to Zurich HB. A single-journey covering one bus zone costs about £3 while the fare for two bus zones is £5.50. For those travelling in winter, a number of companies take passengers from the airport to the ski slopes in and around Zurich. Two such companies are Arlberg Express and Davos Express. It is best to check with your hotel, too, for dedicated bus services as most major hotels in Zurich provided shuttle services to and from the airport.


Zurich Airport has two terminal buildings (A and B), with Departure gates A and B/D connected to the main airport complex, and Gate E easily accessible by the free shuttle train, the Skymetro. Right beside the airport is the Airport Centre where most passenger facilities and services can be found. Being the largest international airport in Switzerland, Zurich receives flights from around the world: Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific.

Seven car parks around the airport provide for short-stay and long-stay parking. Car parks P1, P2, P3 and P6 are the closest to the airport and rates here are more expensive. Three hours here costs £8. Car parks P5 and P40 are further away and P60 the farthest. Three hours here will set you back £6.

Computer stations are found in both public and passenger areas. Charges apply for access. Wi-Fi access is available in all passenger lounges. Access to the Zurich Airport site is free while that for external sites must be paid for.

Information Services
Service and information desks are found in car park P2, Check-in 2, Arrivals 1 and 2 and Transfer and Shopping Area A.

Useful Numbers
Flight Information: +41 900 300 313
Airport Information: +41 43 816 2211

Passengers with reduced mobility are offered a number of assistance services at the airport. The services are provided by car port AG and are free of charge. Assistance is provided for luggage carriage, customs and security controls, passport controls and wheelchairs. Toilets, parking, phone booths, lifts and ramps are also provided.

Restaurants and Bars
The Airport Centre and the airport terminal have a number of restaurants and bars. A Bye Bye Bar is located in Check-in 2. Starbucks has locations in the Airport Centre G01 and Check-in 1. Asia im Foodland has restaurants in Airport Center G0 and Check-in 1.

VIP Lounges

Transfer Area A:
Swiss Business Lounge
Swiss First Lounge
Swiss Senator Lounge

Gates E:
Emirates Lounge

Terminal 2:
Swiss Arrival Lounge

Non-Schengen Service Zone:
Swiss Lounge D Senator/Business

Gates B/D:
Dnata Skyview Lounge

Money and ATMs
Credit Suisse branches and cash dispensers, at least three each, are found at the airport. There is a branch at the Airport Centre G0 and a dispenser (bancomat) in Arrivals 2. There is also a UBS counter at Arrivals 1/2 and Check-in 1, and a cash dispenser in Check-in 1.

Various shops can be found in the terminal building as well as in the Airport Centre. Mango sells women's clothes and accessories at the Airport Centre G01. Kkiosk stores, selling all manner of snacks and conveniences, are scattered throughout the airport complex. There are two in Check-in 2. Vögele-Shoes has a store at the Airport Centre G0. The same goes for TravelStar which sells travel equipment. A Duty Free Store is located in Gates B/D (Levels 0 and 1).

Practical information

  • Currency
    Swiss franc
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    80 km/h
  • Language
    German, French, Italian
  • Popular car category

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Europcar
  • Avis
  • Unirent Car Rental
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Alamo
  • Thrifty
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz
  • Flizzr
  • Sixt
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