|Zürich : city transport|
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One of the great advantages of Zürich is that you can enjoy all the buzz of big city life in a compact setting that’s no larger than a single arrondissement of Paris: covering the city on foot is perfectly feasible, even pleasurable. The main Bahnhofstrasse, from the station to Bürkliplatz, is only a bit over 1km long. Nonetheless, Zürich’s city transport system is legendary for its efficiency, punctuality and convenience, with the city centre and surrounding suburbs linked by a cat’s cradle of bus, tram and S-Bahn routes joining every point of interest to just about every other with minimum hassle. You could even take advantage of the city’s free bike-rental scheme. Taxis, in a place where even millionaire bankers use the tram, are an extravagance; aside from the numerous public ranks, you can hail a cab in the street, or order one from Züri Taxi (01/222 22 22), Taxi 2000 (01/444 44 44), or Taxis for the Disabled (01/272 42 42).
Trams, buses and trains
Ticketing is organized by zone, with the city centre (but not Uetliberg or the airport) covered by Zone 10. Tickets bought from the machines at all stops can be used for all transport – both land- and water-based – within each zone, with unlimited changes permitted. The most useful Zone 10 ticket is the Fr.7.20 Tageskarte (press the green button), valid for 24 hours; the blue “Stadt Zürich” button gives a Zone 10 ticket valid for an hour (Fr.3.60); while the yellow “Kurzstrecke” button gives a short-hop one-way ticket (Fr.2.10) good for up to five stops – the black panel lists the stations for which it is valid. Swiss Pass holders travel free, but Eurailers and InterRailers must pay full price.
On Friday and Saturday nights only (roughly 1–2.30am), a handful of night buses depart from Bellevue for various suburban destinations, for a flat Fr.5 – other tickets and passes are not valid.
Bikes, mopeds and motorbikes
Erne’s Euromotos, Sihlquai 67 (01/272 77 72) can rent you motorized two-wheel transport – anything from a 50cc scooter (Fr.50/day) to a monster 955cc Triumph Daytona (Fr.170/day). Staff speak English, and offer weekend discounts.
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