Zurich may just be one of Europe's best-kept secrets.
The Swiss city's long association with financial order and good timekeeping disguises an increasingly progressive cultural hub, where historic landmarks sit alongside arty pop-ups and night spots. With its windy streets, stunning lakeside backdrop and scope for Alpine adventure, Zurich is a medieval gem reborn for the 21st century.
Flying to Zurich
As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich leads something of a double life. Of course, it's the country’s financial and business centre, welcoming hundreds of thousands of business travellers every year. But it's also the gateway to some of Switzerland's best skiing and highest peaks. As a bonus, the city of Zurich is charming in its own right, set around its beautiful eponymous lake. If you're a business traveller, you'll find a flight from LCY to Zurich makes the easiest trip from Central London, and we're also perfectly positioned for a hassle-free ski trip from London.
Flying from London City Airport to Zurich: Q&A
Whether you're flying to Zurich for business or on holiday, it's good to be prepared. Here are some of the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Zurich.
How long is the flight from London to Zurich?
Direct flights from London City Airport to Zurich take around 90 minutes. Some flights take slightly longer, at around one hour and forty minutes ‒ it depends on which departure you choose. Once you arrive, a train to the centre of the city takes about 10 minutes, or you can hail a taxi or rent a car; expect a 20-minute drive using the A51 motorway.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Zurich?
There are up to around 10 flights per weekday from London City Airport to Zurich, with two on Saturdays and four on Sundays. Conveniently, weekday flights start early and continue throughout the day, giving you plenty of choice. The Sunday flights give you plenty of time to extend your weekend break as long as possible, with the last flight leaving in the late evening. Our LCY–Zurich timetable has every flight to Zurich mapped out so you can plan stress-free.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Zurich?
If you choose to fly directly to Zurich from London City Airport, you will likely be flying with Swiss or British Airways. Both airlines offer economy and business class tickets. Other airlines fly between London and Zurich; however, these options generally won't be direct, and will include a short stopover at the operator's hub airport.
Practical information about flying from London to Zurich
You will need your passport when flying from London to Zurich. Check your flight details when booking, as some flights include hold baggage, while you may need to add it on for others. If you’re only travelling with hand luggage, make sure to decant any liquids into the necessary 100ml bottles before you get to the airport to save time or wastage.
What to expect in Zurich
Grand churches and impressive art galleries, with some of Europe’s finest collections of Renaissance and impressionist art give Zurich its cultural appeal, but its chic bars and Michelin-starred restaurants give the city its buzz. In summer you can swim in Lake Zurich, hike in the nearby mountains or drink at an outdoor bar; in winter you can take to the slopes or visit one of the many Christmas markets. Though it's most famous as a centre of finance and a skiing transport hub, Zurich is a rapidly up-and-coming city break destination.