On public transportation

We recommend going to the Hönggerberg campus on public transportation. Getting there takes approximately 30 minutes from both the airport as from the city center of Zürich.
The public transportation system in Zürich and the surrounding area - in fact most of Switzerland - is densely developed, generally reliable and offers a host of connections to almost everywhere. Like anything with a wide offer, it comes with the agony of choice. To ease the pain, we show the most common routes, how to obtain tickets and the „good-to-know“ stuff below:

From Zürich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)

In short: Take the train from Zürich-Airport train station or the tramway #10 to „Oerlikon“ train station. Change to bus #80 direction „Zürich, Triemlispital“ and exit at the „Zürich, ETH Hönggerberg“ stop.

In detail: Taking the first available train at the Zurich Airport station to Oerlikon and changing to the bus #80 to the ETH campus is the easiest connection. For a full overview of connections please check the Zürich Traffic Network site (ZVV) or use the „ZVV Fahrplan“ app on Android/iOS. Zürich Airport fancies a train station, a bus terminal and a tramway stop as shown on the airport map. Using either „Zurich Airport“ or „Zürich Flughafen“ as departure point and „Zürich, ETH Hönggerberg“ as destination in the timetable will give you all connections by all means of public transportation. The travel takes roughly 30 minutes and there are four-five connections per hour.

From Zürich HB (HauptBahnhof / main station) or anywhere in the Zürich region

In short: Take the tramway #13 from Zürich Sihlquai/HB direction „Frankental“ to the stop „Zürich, Meierhofstrasse“. Change there to bus #80 direction „Bahnhof Oerlikon Nord“ and exit at the stop „Zürich, ETH Hönggerberg“.

In detail: There’s loads of connections form Zürich HB to the ETH Hönggerberg campus. The one pointed out above is a recommendation based on frequency and ease of changing the means of transportation en-route. The principle for finding connections are the same as coming from Zürich Airport. Using „Zürich HB“ as departure point and „Zürich, ETH Hönggerberg“ as destination in the timetable will give you all connections by all means of transportation. The travel takes roughly 30 minutes and there are approximately four connections per hour on the recommended route and a bunch more on alternate ones. There might even be a connection Hönggerberg to/from the City Center through the cableway „Rigiblick“ if you try hard and tweak the search function of the timetable a bit 😉. 

The same principles hold true for all connections in and around Zürich.

From Geneva or Basel airports (GVA/LSGG or BSL/LSFB) or anywhere else in Switzerland

When riding on public transportation within Switzerland from further away or for a longer distance, the website of SBB (the national railway system) is your best starting point for timetables and most tickets. 

When searching, the website will deliver connections based on all types of transportation.

FAQ public transportation

There is some „good-to-know“ stuff when travelling on public transportation in Switzerland generally and the Zürich area specifically. If not sure then please do not hesitate to ask the organising committee your questions (contacts see here). We will keep updating this page following questions, so you may want to check again later and/or shortly before coming to the EMWT® 21.

Ticketing: The following points you might want to be aware of:

  • ZVV-tickets within the Greater Zürich area are provided by the ZVV (Zurich Transportation Network). Their ticket shop is here (German only unfortunately). Alternatively tickets may be bought on buses/boats (not on tramways), from vending machines at the more frequented public transportation stops or in the „ZVV tickets“ Android/iOS App after registering there.
  • Buying tickets on trains and tramways is not possible. Buying it through the App while / after boarding will get you a fine (yes, they do check time stamps). While it is possible to buy a ticket with the driver on a bus, there are no cashless payments, the bus has to keep standing still in traffic causing congestion and everybody else on the bus gets delayed - possibly making other passengers miss their connections especially at tightly scheduled rush hour timeframes. So you preferably should not buy a ticket on a bus if it can be avoided.
  • Tickets with ZVV are bought for a specific choice of area(s) called zone(s). You need to buy a minimum of two zones. The core zones of Zurich (zone #110) and Winterthur (zone #120) are - as a single zone - equal to two zones, all others count as one. So for example getting from the airport to the main station requires zones #121 and #110, which together add up to three zones. Within its zones a ticket is valid on all means of public transportation, including trains, buses, tramways, boats and cableways. An overview on all zones may be found here on the official site or you may look at the „enhanced“ maps provided below. All tickets show which zone numbers they are valid on.
  • Tickets with ZVV are bought as either short-term tickets (one or two hour validity depending on the number of zones) or day-cards tickets (twenty-four hours validity). Validity is counted on the minute, so a day-card bought on Tuesday 19:00 is valid until Wednesday 18:59. So if you arrive at the airport on Tuesday evening you might already buy a 24hrs Ticket including the travel to and possibly even back from the venue on the following day and thereby saving you a few Swiss Francs, depending on your time of arrival.
  • All ZVV tickets allow for unlimited travel within their validity zone and time, so keep it for reuse until its expiration.
  • SBB-tickets when coming from outside the Greater Zürich area (anywhere else in Switzerland and some neighboring countries, ie Germany) are most easily bought through the SBB ticketing site or the „SBB Mobile" App on Android/iOS. The SBB (Swiss national railway provider) provides a single App for both timetable and ticketing.
  • Tickets with SBB are typically bought one-way only. Return tickets are only available when returning the same day and get you no discount.
  • You may buy a long-distance SBB ticket that is valid all the way to the ETH Hönggerberg campus, not only to a train station (ie Zürich HB). The respective extension to the ticket is called a „City-ticket“. It may be bought at both ends of a long-distance connection of an SBB ticket as an upgrade at the time you buy the long distance ticket. So you would need a City-Ticket for the Zürich end of that journey. You need to buy it at the same time jointly with the long-distance ticket, as the upgrade is not available later on. If you need a ticket from ie Zürich main station to the campus later on, we recommend you buy a ZVV ticket (see above). The SBB City Ticket upgrade generally costs about the same as the ZVV ticket, so buying it in advance is about convenience and not about making a bargain.
  • Tickets with special reduced tariffs (available through SBB app and website only) are non-refundable and bound to a specific departure time and train. So be sure you want and will be one the specific connection you bought them for.

Getting around on public transportation: The following points you might want to be aware of.

  • When searching any timetable or map for the ETH Hönggerberg Campus please make sure to use the right stop. It is called „Zürich, ETH Hönggerberg“. There are more stops with „Hönggerberg“ or „ETH“ in the name, so they can be confused with the one you want and provide you with false guidance.
  • All timetable searches on the above mentioned websites and apps support entering a street address or common names as well. So if you don’t know the bus stop's name closest to your accommodation, try the address or even the hotel's name instead. The result might even offer alternative nearby transportation stops from where a walk is quicker than waiting for a transportation taking you closer.
  • Using the Android/iOS Apps for searching connections might give you the additional benefit of offering GPS location service in case you are lost („get me from my unknown whereabouts to my accomodation“).
  • When running late for a bus or train to catch, do not count on it being late as well, as public transportation is generally on schedule. Start thinking of an alternate routing. On a positive note running for a connection is often of little help other than for you health - another connection will offer itself shortly.
  • When looking closely at a zone map you may find a few stops drawn directly on the border of two zones (ie „Stettbach“ train station on zones #110 and #121). This indicates that this stop belongs to both zones, so tickets with a validity in either zone might be used to get to/from there.
  • It all sounds more complicated than it is. Getting around on public transportation is actually a good way to get to know the area (intentionally or not 😉).

Public transportation maps

To help get onto the public transportation system more easily, the official publication sites for the relevant maps are linked below. Furthermore two edited maps are provided below. On those you will find the stations and routes mentioned above marked in red (rectangles / arrows) to give you a sense of orientation. 

  • All tariff zone maps

    The original maps of the zones are all found here. 

    Complete Zone Maps
  • Tariff zone map (edited)

    Overview of the ZVV tariff zones, with the locations mentioned above marked (as far as shown this scale).

    Zone Map
  • All network maps

    The original maps of the network are all found here.

    Network Maps
  • City of Zürich Routes (edited)

    Overview of the full network of the City of Zürich with the locations mentioned above marked (as far as shown on this map).

    Zürich Map

By car

When coming to the EMWT® 21 by car we recommend you leave your car at your accommodation and take public transportation to the ETH Hönggerberg campus as described above. 
There is some car parking available on the campus though. If you prefer to get there by car, please check the ETHZ campus information site for more references and how to find the parking of the ETH Hönggerberg.