Switzerland, surrounded by Central European countries on all sides, is virtually land locked. A popular gateway to ski resorts in the Alps, the country relies heavily on an impressive rail system and several airports to get around. That makes finding a flight from Switzerland to points around the world a bit of a challenge. Skyscanner can help. The innovative website can show you the most convenient, and cheapest, flight options from the airport of your choice.
Airports and Airlines in Switzerland
- Zurich Airport (ZRH) is the busiest airport in Switzerland. Located only 13 kilometres from downtown Zurich on the northern end of the country, the airport welcomes more than 70 airline carriers to its two terminals. Zurich is the hub for Swiss Air. Other carriers include familiar names such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and American. Transportation options include taxis, trains that run between the airport and downtown Zurich and the Marti and Twerenbold motor coaches. The bus terminal is behind car parking lots two and three and within easy walking distance of the airport's main shopping area.
- Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA) is the second busiest Swiss Airport. Sitting roughly 5 kilometres northwest of downtown Geneva, this is EasyJet's Swiss hub. This airport hosts a similar number of airlines at its single large, modern terminal. The city sits on the southwestern tip of the country and is best known as the site of the Geneva Convention. In light of the city being an important business hub, its airport is equipped with business centres, free Wi-Fi and mobile phone rental centres.
- Bern Airport (BRN) is in the Swiss capital of Bern, in the central part of the country. Located 6 kilometres from the city centre, this is the hub for Helvetic Airlines and SkyWork Airlines. Both airlines provide seasonal services within the country and as far away as London, Berlin and Barcelona. Service to Munich is available year-round.
Popular Places to Go from Switzerland
- Athens, Greece, is a history lover's dream. Walk in the footsteps of the gods and goddesses when you visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Parthenon, dedicated to the city's patron goddess, Athena. The Ancient Agora of Athens is the ruins of an ancient gathering place located just west of the Acropolis. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus, an outdoor venue that holds roughly 15,000 people and dates back to the 6th century. To see treasures and artworks discovered over the years, check out the city's museums, such as the Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum. All that discovering is bound to make you hungry, so head for the Plaka, a vintage neighbourhood filled with shops, cafes and yes, more museums.
- Mention Rome and most people associate this Italian city with the Vatican. St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum are popular attractions. If you're lucky you might even see the Holy Father give a blessing from his balcony. For either venue, dress modestly and ladies, bring a hat or a scarf. Go even farther back in Rome's history with a visit to the Colosseum and the Pantheon, both dating back to a time when Roman emperors ruled. Make a wish and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, adorned with sculptures of wild horses and imaginary creatures. Leonardo da Vinci once called Rome home and today there's a museum dedicated to the artist and inventor. Then there's the food; pizza, pasta and all those hole-in-the-wall bakeries.
- Flying to Nice, France, puts you in the heart of the French Riviera. The city shares that location with Cannes, known for its film festival, Saint-Tropez and its clothing-optional beaches and the sovereign city-state of Monaco. The latter only takes up roughly two square kilometres of territory and is famed for its casinos and the Monaco Grand Prix. This annual formula one race winds right through the city streets. Monaco came to the attention of westerners when film star Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier III in 1956 and became Princess Grace. Their son, Prince Albert II, is now the monarch. Located on France's Mediterranean Coast, Nice and the French Riviera, or Cote d'Azur provides the perfect blend of sophistication and eye-popping natural beauty.