Turkish Airlines offers three or four direct flights every day from Istanbul to Zurich. Flights take off every day from Istanbul Airport (IST) and land at Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH) within nearly three hours. Ongoing all year round, flights in this route remain quite the same throughout the year, no big changes occur seasonally.
Connecting Europe with Asia by three bridges, Istanbul owns an extremely prosperous presence also culturally. The verdant parks, forests, islands and activity areas all around the city are the favorite spots for the locals to enjoy their time peacefully. Moreover, numerous art galleries and performance halls host large number of events all year round, as the favorite of the art lovers. Valuable palaces remaining from the Ottoman period such as Çırağan Palace and Yıldız Palace today serve as a museum providing an insight into the city’s background. Historical towers of thousands of years, Galata Tower and Maiden’s Tower, together with cisterns and obelisks; Istanbul is simply enthralling also by its advanced entertainment sector.
As the country’s most populous city by its cosmopolitan nature, Istanbul hosts two airports to meet the high demand in air traffic: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Although both airports serve as the points of departure for Turkish Airlines flights, flights from Istanbul to Zurich take off from Istanbul Airport (IST).
The new apple of Istanbul’s eye, Istanbul Airport (IST), is approximately 35 km from the city center and located on the European side between Tayakadın, a neighborhood on the Black Sea coast, and Akpınar villages. There are plenty of ways for you to reach the airport from the city center.
It takes around 30 minutes to reach the airport from the city center by taxi and costs around 100-110 TL. Public transportation, such as Havaist and IETT buses, are available from many places in the city center. For more information on transport schedules check our transport information page.
Situated on the banks of Zurich Lake, Zurich shines out as the most populous metropolis in Switzerland. Being a pioneer countrywide in many aspects like culture, economy, education and art, Zurich ranks among the remarkable cities of Europe in these fields as well. Welcoming its guests with a perfect landscape by its verdant nature and splendid lake, this lovely metropolis wraps itself in an utterly different beauty all seasons.
Numerous historical icons wait for you in the Old Town district of Zurich, including the Grossmünster Cathedral, as one of the most attractive icons in the city. Offering a delightful atmosphere by the buildings and vivacious pretty cafés along the riverside, Old Town district gets credit by its well-preserved artifacts.
The Swiss National Museum is generally the first stop of the visitors by its captivating architecture and valuable collections. The surrounding Limmat River outside and the verdant park space truly reflect the natural fabric of this beautiful destination. Make sure to also see the Opera House where breathtaking performances are displayed, together with the Zurich Zoo during your visit to enjoy your stay here.
Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH) is the sole airport managing the city’s air traffic. Passengers holding a flight ticket to Zurich with Turkish Airlines land at this airport.
There are a couple of alternatives for reaching the city center from the airport which is not very far from the center. It is possible to get on the trains operating in every 12 minutes from the airport to reach Zurich Hauptbahnhof in the center, known as the Central Railway Station within nearly 12 minutes. These trains may operate less frequently during the night hours. The pink colored tramline numbered 10 setting off from the airport also head towards the Central Railway Station within nearly 37 minutes.
Note that many accommodation facilities in Zurich provide transfer service from the airport. It would therefore be recommendable to consult your hotel prior to your journey to learn whether they offer such service.
It is also possible to take a cab from the airport to reach anywhere in the city, or rent a car from the car rental offices operating in the airport for ensuring a smooth transport during your stay.