General Information

Travel to Zurich

Zürich is a major air-travel hub in Europe and connected by train to all surrounding countries, with many direct connections to major cities in Europe. The road network is very well developed too with transit highway connections to all neighboring countries.

The airport Zürich is the home of Swiss/Lufthansa and thus offers a wide range of direct connections throughout Europe, and is served by most major airlines and as well by many small and budget carriers.

Zürich is easily reachable by car or train, with direct trains e.g. from Barcelona, Paris, Hamburg or Milano. From the airport, the city center (main station) is reachable by train in less than 15 minutes.
From the airport to the conference location, and surrounding hotels, it takes about 30 minutes by public transportation.

Zurich the City

As a lifestyle capital on the water, Zürich offers the unique mix of discovery, pleasure, nature and culture. The finest culinary highlights, unlimited shopping pleasure, over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Switzerland’s liveliest nightlife, numerous events and countless green oases in the center of the city tempt guests to linger and enjoy. For further information, please click here.

Public transport in Switzerland is well-known for its reliability. Zurich itself has a very nice public transportation network, which allows visitors to reach every spot in a short time. If you wish to download the public transportation map or ordering tickets, please visit the ZVV website.

Currency

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Coins appear in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 rappen and 1, 2 and 5 francs. Notes are available in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000.
Unlike much of Europe, Switzerland has not adopted the Euro currency; however, you will find many shops accept Euros as payment, as long as you don’t mind change being given in Swiss Francs.
Banks give the best exchange rate for traveller’s cheques and cash, while hotels and other exchange services may charge a small fee. All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted at banks and ATM machines.

Visa

Please check with your embassy if a visa is required to travel to Switzerland. A letter of invitation can be requested upon successful registration and payment from the local organiser.

Electrical Power and Power Plug

The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz
Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.) Type C is used in many countries (although not in most English speaking ones). Most “universal” adaptor sets include this plug.