Zurich: Travel Tips
By OUTTraveler Editors
GETTING TO SWITZERLAND
Fly Swiss International Airlines from the U.S. to Zurich: Transatlantic flights should be more than just a slog from point A to point B. Switzerland's national carrier welcomes you to start your vacation in the sky, offering up innovative measures for your comfort and relaxation, all tuned to the warm welcome of Swiss values and hospitality. In first- and business class, lie-flat beds are designed with pneumatic air cushions that can be individually adjusted for comfort, while new Airbus aircrafts (on select routes) ensure a smoother, more environmentally friendly ride for all. Menus are designed by top Swiss chefs participating in the "SWISS Taste of Switzerland" in-flight catering program, putting the spotlight on Switzerland's culinary talents by offering first- and business guests food specialties prepared by a top chef from select regions -- and of course, distinctive wines, quality champagnes, and fine teas and Nespresso. All classes offer a multitude of entertainment options and ways to plug-in for your relaxation and convenience.
Swiss offers convenient service from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, and Montreal as part of the extensive network that includes 72 worldwide destinations (48 in Europe, and 24 beyond) in 39 countries.
GETTING AROUND WITHIN SWITZERLAND
The Swiss Pass
Is it any surprise, that a country famed for its timepieces has an equally impressive public transportation network? As one of the finest in the world, the Swiss Travel System is fast, efficient, and frequent, connecting even the most remote places. The trains, buses, boats, and urban transportation systems weave a network, transporting visitors and locals anywhere they wish to go.
For the best value head to RailEurope to snag a Swiss Pass, entitling you to extensive travel all over the Swiss Travel System, including free travel on most of Switzerland's scenic routes, like the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass Line, or Wilhelm Tell Express (although tickets are included, advance seat reservations are mandatory and are not included in the price of the pass). The Swiss Pass also saves you some francs on touring with free entrance into more than 400 museums in Switzerland. In addition, Swiss Pass holders are entitled to a generous 50-percent discount on most mountain top rides by cable car or cogwheel train. Baby on board? Children under 16 years of age travel for free when accompanied by at least one parent.