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Cheap flights to Switzerland

Picture-postcard Switzerland is a country of chocolate-box villages, soaring, majestic mountains and flower strewn alpine meadows. The air is as fresh as the white powdery snow that blankets the mountains in winter to make it one of the best skiing destinations in the world – just think Zermatt, Verbier and St Moritz, to name but a few. 

The colours of nature are so vivid in Switzerland, from ultra blue spring skies to the lush green grass. Switzerland is spectacular in all seasons. In summer, the mountains provide ample opportunity for hiking the many wonderful trails; swimming and cruising on the Swiss lakes like Zurich, Geneva and Constance or cycling the many bike trails that range from gruelling to easy. Take in the scenery of the Berner Oberland with its alpine streams and picturesque resorts like Interlaken, or explore the Appenzell villages with their quaint painted houses and rural way of life. As castles go, they don’t come much better than 13th century Chillon, perched on the edge of breath-taking Lake Geneva.

Switzerland’s cities are a delightful combination of history, tradition and modernity, providing everything from designer shopping, lively markets, fine dining and elegant, ornate cafes, to arts, opera and trendy nightclubs.

The capital, Bern, boasts an 11th century medieval heart with bear pits and statues and winding streets while Geneva is a lively, multi-cultural city with an international feel as well as spectacular architecture like the Cathedrale de St Pierre. Visit the old port and Cathedrale Notre Dame in laid-back Lausanne or bathe in the baroque and Benedictine wonders of St Gallen. The monastery is UNESCO protected and is worth the trip alone. Italian speaking Ticino is an alpine treasure of a town while Zurich shows off its gothic finery, impressive Altstadt and jaw-dropping stained glass windows by Chagall. The Art Museum in Basel is an exceptional find. From here, the Black Forest and the Alsace region are not far away.

If the Swiss air wasn’t healthy enough, unwind from travelling or recover from eating too much of the delectable local gruyere with a visit to one of the country’s heavenly health resorts like Arosa or Davos. The experience will leave you revived and ready for more. 

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

There are several airports serving Switzerland. The first is Geneva International Airport which is just 2.5 miles from the centre of Geneva and can be reached by car in 5-10 minutes. A complimentary rail service operates from the airport allowing users 80 free minutes of travel. The journey time into the centre is just 6 minutes. Buses 5, 10, 23, 28 and Y also run regular services from the airport to the city in approximately 15 minutes. Taxis are available for hire outside the airport.

Zurich Airport is located 8 miles from the centre of Zurich which can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. The airport rail service takes just 10 minutes to reach the city centre while tram number 10 operates between the airport and Zurich Central Station. Local buses and taxis are also available.

Bern Belp Airport is located 5.5 miles from Bern city centre, taking just 20 minutes to drive into the centre. A bus service links Belp railway station with Bern Central Station in just 17-25 minutes. The airport bus 334 operates from between the airport and Central Station taking approximately 20-25 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire.

Finally, Euro Airport Basel Mulhouse-Freiburg is located 5 miles from Basel. It takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the city centre by car. Bus 50 runs regularly from the airport to Basel Station in 20 minutes. Metrocars and Freiberger Buses also run regular services to Mulhouse and Freiburg from the airport.

What you need to know

Currency: The Swiss Franc

Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Switzerland.  Passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay, or in the case of EU nationals a valid ID card, is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa for entry. More information can be obtained at a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in Switzerland is 16 for beer and wine and 18 for spirits. There is a smoking ban in place across the country prohibiting lighting up in all indoor public places which includes cafes, bars, schools, cinemas, shopping centres and on all public transport. Some restaurants and bars, if large enough, have separate smoking areas.

Best Time to Visit

Nestled among the Alps, Switzerland’s climate is varied with higher temperatures in the lower northern areas. Summers are generally hot and sunny, particularly July and August, which are also the busiest months for tourists. Skiing is best between December and April while May and September are definitely quieter months to visit but with weather that is still sunny and mild.

New Year celebrations and the wonderful Hot Air Balloon Festival kick off the year in style closely followed by the Gryff Festival in Basel which boasts dancing and drummers and floating river rafts. For anyone with the inclination, the Whip-Cracking Festival in Schwyz, also in January, is an interesting event with a carnival atmosphere. February is Carnival month across Switzerland while March brings cow fighting festivals and Easter celebrations. May is filled with jazz, blues, rock, classical and even yodelling in music festivals all over the country. The Geneva Festival in August is a classy event with free concerts and shows every evening while Interlaken hosts its renowned Classical Music Festival. As winter approaches, there are Film and Television Festivals and Christmas Tree-lighting ceremonies across this white winter wonderland. 

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