How to find ETH
General informationPublic transportation is by far the most convenient means to travel in and around Zurich. In most cases they are faster, cheaper and you have less stress!
Arrival at the airport (Zurich Airport ZRH)
After claiming your baggage, follow the signs "Bahn/Railway" to the ticket counters and machines. There are English instructions on the machine; follow them or simply press the left (red) key at the bottom where it says "Zurich City" (make sure that the display shows "2 Std"). The machine prompts for 6.40 CHF and accepts coins as well as 20.- CHF banknotes and gives change. The ticket is valid during the next 2 hours for any train to Zurich as well as for the trams and buses in the city (streetcar, Strassenbahn). Take an escalator down to the platforms 3 or 4. Trains to city centre leave approx. every 10 minutes and take about 10 minutes to reach main station (main station or Zurich HB).
Easier, but a little slower: Follow the signs of no. 10 tram, which will take you directly to the ETH. You can find the schedule table for tram no. 10 here. Exit the tram at the station ‘ETH/Universitätsspital’.
Arrival at the railway main station (Hauptbahnhof)
At the main station walk to the head of the train and follow any signs to "Bahnhofstrasse". Once outside the station, walk about 50 m up the road to the tram stop on the left-hand side. You could also follow the signs of no. 10 tram. Alternatively, you can also take tram no. 6 (direction ‘Zoo’). In both cases, you have to exit the tram at the station ‘ETH/Universitätsspital (3rd stop).
If you arrived by train and haven't yet got a tram ticket, you need to buy one from blue ticket machines, press the yellow button and put in 2.60 CHF.
Zurich - Switzerland
In 1855 ETH was founded mainly as a school for engineers, but also as a compensation to Zurich for not being the capital city of Switzerland. The impressive main building was created by Gottfried Semper between 1861 and 1864. In the history of ETH many well known scientists and Nobel prize winners attended this school. Today about 12'000 students are matriculated in 17 departments of all technical and scientific disciplines.
The City of Zurich
More than 2000 years ago Zurich was founded by the Romans as a fortress. Today Zurich has about 400'000 inhabitants and is the largest city in Switzerland. Zurich is the main town of a canton also named Zurich. The city has a picturesque downtown with many tourist attractions and is located at the end of the Lake of Zurich. Zurich is not only important for its universities but is also the commercial centre of Switzerland and a platform for international trade.
Switzerland is well known for its food (especially chocolat and cheese), skiing in Zermatt, Gstaad, St. Moritz and many other famous places in the alps, hiking in the Engadine or watching the mountain panorama out of the Glacier-Express train. Many famous places of interest are very close to Zurich and easy to reach by train. Enjoy some days before or after the conference at the Lake of Lucerne, on the Jungfraujoch or at many other beautiful landmarks.