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Switzerland Getting There - International Travel
Switzerland International Travel -

Switzerland’s national airline is Swiss (LX) .

Approximate flight times

Approximate flight times are as follows:
  • From Bern, Basel, Geneva or Zürich to London is one hour 50 minutes.

• From Geneva to Los Angeles is 17 hours and from Zürich is 14 hours 35 minutes.

• From Geneva to New York is nine hours 45 minutes and from Zürich is seven hours 20 minutes.
International airports

Zürich (ZRH) (Kloten) is 11km from the city (travel time is around 20 minutes). Trains run every 10-15 minutes from under Terminal B. Regional and night buses are also available. Passengers arriving in Switzerland by air can purchase a special Fly-Rail Luggage ticket from the airport of departure which will allow them to have their luggage delivered directly to a Swiss railway station. With the Fly-Rail Baggage service, passengers leaving Switzerland can check their bags in at the railway station up to 24 hours before their flight. Taxis to the city are available (travel time is around 15-30 minutes).

Geneva (GVA) is 5km north of the city. Taxis to the city are also available. There is regular train service to Geneva Cornavin Station (travel time – six minutes). The no. 10 bus runs from airport to the city centre.

Bern (BRN) (Belp) is 9km southeast of the city (travel time is around 20-30 minutes). Bus services are available to Bern station. A rail service runs from Bern to Zürich Airport. Taxis are also available.

Basel (BSL) (Basel-Mulhouse) is 12km from the city. Bus runs to Basel SBB Luftreisebüro. Taxis are also available.

Departure tax : None.


Travelling from the UK, the quickest way is to travel by Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Paris (travel time – three hours) and, from there, to Switzerland.

For further information and reservations contact Eurostar (tel: (0870) 0000 792 (travel agents) or (08705) 186 186 (public; within the UK) or (01233) 617 575 (public; outside the UK only)); or Rail Europe (tel: (08708) 371 371). General enquiries and information requests must be made by telephone.

Other connections from London via the main channel crossings are available (minimum travel time of about 14 to 15 hours to Basel and Lausanne, the main points of entry). There are also through trains from many other European cities.


Switzerland can be reached by road from Austria, France, Germany and Italy.

Some approximate driving times to Geneva and Zürich by the most direct routes are: Calais–Geneva: 12-13 hours (747km/464 miles); Dunkirk–Geneva: 12-13 hours (732km/454 miles); Calais–Zürich: 13-14 hours (790km/490 miles); Dunkirk–Zürich: 14-15 hours (880km/ 546 miles).


There are coach services to Switzerland as well as scheduled coach tour operators. Contact Switzerland Tourism for further details (see Contact section).

In the UK, Eurolines, departing from Victoria Coach Station in London, serves destinations in Switzerland. For further information contact Eurolines (tel: (08705)143219;
Useful links
Geneva International Airport about airport in Switzerland
Zurich Airport Switzerland airport information