Traveling to Zurich
Zurich is a major hub in the European train network. When you are living in Europe or have a long-distance flight to an airport other than Zurich, consider climate-friendly traveling to Zurich by train. Here are some examples of connections to major European cities: Barcelona (11 h, change train in Paris), Berlin (8 h, change train in Frankfurt), Copenhagen (14 h, change train in Hamburg), Frankfurt (4 h, direct), Hamburg (8 h, direct), London (8 h, change train in Paris), Milan (4 h, direct), Munich (5 h, direct), Paris (4 h, direct), Prague (11 h, change train in Munich), Rome (8 h, change train in Milan), Vienna (8 h, direct), Warsaw (16 h, change train in Berlin and Basel).
For timetables and tickets (including tickets for discounted prices), check out the website of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) or install the SBB Mobile app on your smartphone: [Google Play] [Apple Store]
When you plan to spend some vacation days prior to or after the conference and travel with public transport, consider buying a Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Travel Pass Flex or a Swiss Half-Fare Card. You find information about public transport ticket offerings for visitors on this page of the website of Switzerland Tourism.
Zurich is easily reachable from destinations all over the world. Zurich Airport has direct flights from&to major cities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The airport is connected to the city by train and tram (line 10 of the Glatttalbahn tram service). Trains are faster than trams, but depending on your destination in the city, taking the tram may be more convenient. Note that the train and tram stations are located at different places in the airport. Follow the respective signs after arrival. Traveling time from the airport to Zurich main station (Zürich HB in German) is 9-12 minutes by train.
If you are living in Europe and do not want to fly due to climate change consideration, traveling to Zurich by train is possible (see above).
The city of Zurich has an excellent and safe public transport system. There is no need to rent a car.
If you decide to drive to the conference venue, you can use the public underground parking garage (Parkhaus Irchel). Parking costs CHF 2.00 for the first hour and CHF 1.50 per hour for the subsequent hours.
RE’20 does not have a conference hotel. We will provide a list of hotels in different categories where we will reserve room blocks for RE’20 participants. Participants select and book their accommodation themselves.
When you want to book already now, we recommend to book a hotel in the city center, in Zurich Oerlikon, or the western parts of the city. Make sure that a tram station is not too far from your hotel, so that you can easily travel to the conference venue.
Trams run every 7-8 minutes during daytime and every 15-20 minutes in the evening until midnight. Participants who register for the main conference will receive a free public transport ticket which is valid from Mon Aug 31 to Fri Sep 4 for all trams, buses and trains within the city limit (fare zone 110). Note that Zurich Airport lies outside of that fare zone. You can download a map with all tram and bus lines in fare zone 110.
Choosing a hotel at the airport or in the neighbourhood of Zurich is not recommended due to the travel cost when using public transport outside of the city limits of Zurich.