Approximate flight times: From
Basle, Bern, Geneva or Zürich to London is
1 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 9 hours 45
minutes and from Zürich is 7 hours 20 minutes.
Zürich International Airport is 11km (7 miles) from the city (travel time –
20 minutes). Trains run every 10 to 15 minutes
from under Terminal B. Regional and night buses
Passengers arriving in Switzerland
by air can purchase a special Fly-Rail Luggage
ticket from their airport of departure which will
enable 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 – 15-30
Genève Aéroport is 5km (3 miles) north of the city. Taxis to the
city are available. There is a regular train service
to Geneva Cornavin Station (travel time –
6 minutes). The number 10 bus runs from the airport
to the city centre.
Bern (BRN) (Belp) is 9km (5.5 miles) southeast
of the city (travel time – 20-30 minutes).
Bus services are available to Bern station. A
rail service runs from Bern to Zürich Airport.
Taxis are also available.
Basle (BSL) (Basel-Mulhouse) is 12km (7 miles)
from the city. Bus runs to Basle 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 – 3 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); website: http://www.eurostar.com);
or Rail Europe (tel: (08705) 848 848; website:
Travel agents can obtain refunds for unused tickets
from Eurostar Trade Refunds, 2nd Floor, Kent House,
81 Station Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PD, UK. Complaints
and comments may be sent to Eurostar Customer
Relations, Eurostar House, Waterloo Station, London
SE1 8SE, UK (tel: (020) 7928 5163; e-mail: email@example.com).
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 Basle 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). Coach: There are
coach services to Switzerland as well as scheduled
coach tour operators.
Contact Switzerland Tourism
for further details (see Contact Addresses section).
In the UK, Eurolines, departing from Victoria
Coach Station in London, serves destinations in
For further information, contact
Eurolines (4 Cardiff Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
L41 1PP; tel: (08705) 143 219; fax: (01582) 400