Zürich HB

Zürich / Zurich, (Switzerland)

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About the station

The central station in Zurich is one of Europe's largest train travel hubs and it is now in effect three stations in one.

So our guide to using Zurich HB station will help make sense of how to navigate the station, particularly if your express train is using the relatively new lower level part of the station.

Though if you will be departing or arriving on an international train at Zurich's main train station, your experience of using the station will be comparatively simple.
That's because those international trains all use the main part of the station, which is at street level.

However, if you will be travelling between Zurich's HB station and other Swiss destinations, this information should be a big help.
That's because, depending on their destination, those trains now use three different parts of the station - two of which are below ground.


Three Things That Are Good To Know About Zurich HB train station:

(1) Zurich HB isn't solely a railway station.

It's also one of the city's largest shopping malls - and the only one that is open on a Sunday, it's why the station is sometimes referred as 'Zurich Shop-Ville'.
So if you're following a holiday itinerary, Zurich HB is also a very convenient location for picking up additional supplies.

This mall also links the lower level parts of the station, with the main concourse, which is at street level.
It can be easy to get lost in this mall, so keep an eye on the signs which will guide you around the station.

The main street level departure hall also functions as an exhibition space and on certain days of the week it also hosts a farmer's market.
If you happen to be in the station at those times and have time to have something to eat, head to the market and not the other food outlets

(2) The main traveller services at Zurich HB station including the toilets, waiting rooms and left luggage lockers are located on a mezzanine level - beneath the main concourse, the main access to which is between where the trains arrive at gleis (tracks) 3 -18 and the main hall

The left luggage lockers cost €9 per 24 hours, payable only with coins.

There is an easy-to-miss change machine available for converting notes to coins.

(3) The three parts of the station complex which the trains arrive at and depart from are:

(i) Platforms/tracks/gleis 3 - 18

These are located at the upper level/street level and this part of the station is a terminus.

All of the international trains arrive at and depart from this part of the station, but it is also used by some other trains.

This includes trains on the routes to Chur and Luagno.

(ii) The lower level platforms/tracks/gleis 31 - 34, now used by MOST of the express IC trains between Zurich and other destinations in Switzerland.

(iii) The lower level platforms/tracks/gleis 41 -44  used by most of the local (S-Bahn) trains.


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Departing By Train From Zurich HB

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Arriving By Train at Zurich HB

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Accessing the City Centre

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To Zurich Airport/Flughafen By Train

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From Zurich Airport to the City Centre By Train

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Exploring Switzerland By Train From Zurich

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