Airfare to Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is the financial heart of Switzerland, giving rise to the legacy of the impenetrable Swiss banks. It is also the country’s largest city, although not its capital. The city is not without its light side, however – it currently hosts the continent’s biggst open-air rave, Streetparade, on the second Saturday in August.
Airfare to Zurich will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Milan, Italy or Bern, Switzerland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Germanwings flies to Zurich. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. SWISS is the national airline. However, Lufthansa, American Airlines and other airlines also stop in Zurich.
The most expensive air tickets to Zurich are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Milan, Italy or Bern, Switzerland and traveling overland to Zurich via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Zurich, check out BootsnAll’s Zurich Travel Guide.