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    Car Hire at Zurich Airport - Find your perfect rental

    When you arrange for a car hire from Zurich Airport with Auto Europe, you allow yourself the opportunity to explore this spectacular country at your own pace. Zurich, the financial engine of Switzerland, offers travellers so much more than its banking savoir-faire. Drive your car rental throughout the city and visit the many museums, cathedrals, and parks that make this city one of the cultural hubs of Switzerland. Once your Zurich itinerary is complete, take to the motorway and explore Basel, a city renowned for its theatre and industry, and be sure to stop and explore the many Alpine villages along the way. For the latest opinions of our customers, visit our Zurich car hire reviews page to see what kind of an experience they had with their Auto Europe car rental in Switzerland.

    Airport Information

    Zurich Airport (ZRH)
    Official Name: Zurich Airport. German: Flughafen Zürich. Also sometimes referred to as Zurich Kloten Airport.
    Address: 8058 Zurich Airport, Switzerland
    Airlines operating at Zurich Airport: Conveniently located just seven miles from Zurich, Zurich Airport is Switzerland's largest and busiest international airport, and the primary hub of Swiss International Airlines. There are more than 180 companies based at the airport, and airlines include Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Emirates, Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Air France. More than 22 million passengers are served annually.


    Zurich Airport offers three check-in areas and four terminals (A, B, D, and E). Terminal A is exclusively used for European flights, whilst Terminal B is used for flights within Europe and beyond. Terminal E, used for flights outside of Europe, is located away from the main terminals and can be reached by way of the Sky Metro. In addition to the terminals and check-in areas, the terminal complex includes a shopping mall, a railway station, car parks, and a bus and tram terminal.

    Car hire Pick up and Drop off

    You will find all of the car rental offices conveniently located on Level 1 of the Airport Centre. The Zurich Airport Car Hire Centre is open daily from 6am to 11.30pm. Be sure to review your voucher to verify your car rental supplier.

    Company Opening Hours
    Avis Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Budget Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Dollar Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Europcar Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Firefly Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Hertz Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Sixt Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm
    Thrifty Monday to Sunday: 6:30am to 11:30pm

    To return your car hire, simply follow the 'Departures/Rental Car return P3' signs as you approach the airport.

    Airport Facilities

    As one might expect, Zurich Airport offers travellers an excellent shopping area with both retail and duty-free outlets from which to choose. The Airport Shopping Centre is located one level above Check-in 3. You will find a grocery store open from 6am to 10pm, newsstands and book shops, pharmacies, electronics, and of course fashion outlets. If you are interested, you will also find several duty-free shops, offering a huge variety of Swiss and international brands.

    Home to the largest food court in Switzerland, you will find bounteous options to satisfy every craving. Homesick travellers will find a traditional English pub located within the eating area as well.

    Currency and banking
    When you arrive in Zurich, you will find abundant financial services available to you the moment you step off the plane. UBS and Credit Suisse both provide travellers with comprehensive banking services at Zurich Airport, including currency exchange. There are multiple ATMs spread throughout the airport as well.

    If you are travelling with children who need to stretch their legs, Zurich Airport offers a play haven in departure areas A and E. Children's areas are lively and well-lit playrooms staffed by caring multilingual employees, who provide toys for children of all ages. If you are travelling with a baby, the airport offers baby changing facilities and rooms for sleeping and breastfeeding free of charge. Adults, who would like to get a little exercise during an extended layover, may take advantage of the sports equipment rental services: you can hire a bicycle or a pair of inline skates to explore the lovely paths and trails that surround the airport.

    Sleeping Rooms
    If you need to lie down and catch a few winks, comfortable single, double, and multi-bed rooms are available in the airport's simple hotel next to Gates B/D.

    Information Desks
    There are multiple information desks throughout the airport, designed to assist you with your travel needs. This includes free hotel booking services, the sale of the ZurichCard, a card that entitles visitors to great discounts on public transport and entrance fees to attractions, as well as offering general guidance and information about airport services. Information desks are found at the following locations: Arrivals 1 and 2, by Car Park 2, in Check-in 2, and in the Airside Centre.


    The airport is served by the A51 motorway and other main roads, which provide access to central and eastern Switzerland. Our Switzerland driving information guide has helpful tips on maneuvering through this beautiful country.

    If you are not picking up your car hire from Zurich Airport, but from another location in downtown Zurich or elsewhere in Switzerland, there are multiple public transportation options to get you there. The Zurich Airport Railway Station is located underneath the main passenger terminal and offers frequent S-Bahn train services on lines S2 and S16, in addition to long-distance services to Bern, Geneva, and Munich, among others. The station runs 10 trains per hour to destinations within Zurich, with a journey time of 10 to 15 minutes. Many regional destinations lie within a few hours by train.

    There are also bus, light rail, and tram services departing from the airport. There is a regional bus station in front of the terminal as well as the stop for the Stadtbahn Glattal, a light rail airport shuttle. The bus station and light rail stop provide services to destinations throughout the beautiful Glattal region surrounding the airport, with the light rail stop being served by Zurich tram routes 10 and 12. The route 10 tram runs directly to Zurich's main railway station, while route 12 runs to Stettbach station via Glattbrugg and Wallisellen station.

    Parking Tips

    Parking is how one would expect it to be in any major urban area - limited and sometimes costly. On-street parking spaces in Zurich's city centre are mostly reserved for residents with permits, so parking in a car park is advisable. If you possess an international blue parking disc you may park for 1 to 1.5 hours for free in blue zones Monday to Saturday between 9am and 6pm. In white zones parking is always unlimited and without charge. Zurich offers cheap parking with the Park and Ride system in operation near train and bus stations.

    Useful links

    Zurich Airport Website

    Additional Information About Zurich Airport

    Zurich Airport
    Kloten, Switzerland 8058
    IATA Code: ZRH
    IACO Code: LSZH
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 47.2753
    Longitude: 08.3257

    General Information: Zurich airport is located in Kloten, Switzerland. It is the largest airport in Switzerland and is 8 miles north of the city centre of Zurich.