Car Rental at Zurich Airport

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Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Zurich Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$75.00 / per day
Zurich Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$87.33 / per day
Zurich Airport
Compact SUV
Seat Arona or similar
Seat Arona
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$95.29 / per day
Zurich Airport
Premium
Polestar 2 or similar
Polestar 2
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$104.33 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Zurich Airport
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$106.95 / per day
Zurich Airport
Standard Elite Crossover
Toyota bZ4X or similar
Toyota bZ4X
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$140.56 / per day
Zurich Airport
Standard SUV
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or similar
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$142.81 / per day
Zurich Airport
Mini Elite Convertible
Mazda MX-5 or similar
Mazda MX-5
  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$145.53 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:36 on 2024-06-08. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French, Italian
Currency
CHF
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+41
Average car rental price
$112 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$2.07 per liter or $7.84 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.96 per liter or $7.42 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.52 per liter or $9.53 / 1 gallon
Zurich Airport

Airport Car Rental

Historic, affluent, and cultured, Zurich is both Switzerland’s largest city and one of its prime travel destinations. Whether you go for sightseeing or high-quality museums, the city has all the ingredients for a sophisticated travel experience. And if you’re looking for something a bit more active, the snow-capped Swiss mountains are never too far away. These are three of the most interesting attractions in and around Zurich:

  • Kunsthaus Zürich. Open since 1910, but always developing and having undergone a large extension in 2020, the Kunsthaus is one of Switzerland’s most notable cultural institutions, and a visit to it would be a dream come true for any art lover. The museum’s impressive collection includes works by renowned masters such as Munch, van Gogh, Magritte, and Rousseau. Visit the museum’s website to learn more about admission hours and buying tickets in advance.
  • Ethnographic Museum. Another interesting cultural center, the ethnographic museum is dedicated to the myths, rituals, and cultures of peoples of the world. Very broad in scope, the museum covers the lives of such varied groups as the peoples of the Arctic, Great Plains of North America, Himalayas, Horn of Africa, and more. Belonging to the University of Zurich, the museum is located within the territory of Zurich’s Old Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
  • Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich's main shopping street is one of the most popular destinations in the city. It is home to high-end fashion boutiques, luxury department stores, and fine dining restaurants.
  • Altstadt. This charming old town of Zurich is home to a range of historic buildings, churches, and landmarks. Visitors can stroll through narrow streets and alleyways, taking in the many colorful buildings and charming cafes that line the way.
  • Grossmünster. The Zurich Cathedral is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. The Romanesque-style church was built in the 12th century, and its two tall towers can be seen from all over the city.
  • Uetliberg. Located just a short train ride from the city center, Uetliberg is a popular destination for visitors enjoying stunning views of Zurich and the Swiss Alps. At the top of the mountain, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city, the Limmat River, and the surrounding countryside.
  • Lake Zurich. Surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests, Lake Zurich is a popular destination for visitors, which stretches over 25 kilometers. Many picturesque towns and villages line the shore, from the historic town of Rapperswil, with its stunning castle, to the picturesque village of Küsnacht, with its elegant lakeside villas. The lake is home to various water activities, including boating, swimming, and fishing.
  • Baden. One of the most popular day trips, Baden is an old and famous spa town to the northwest of Zurich (its name means ‘bath’ in German). In addition to its geothermal springs, many of which can be enjoyed to this day, Baden is also notable for its attractive castles like Stein Castle and Bailiff’s Castle (the latter is also home to the Baden History Museum). The drive from Zurich takes only about 35 minutes.
  • The Rhine Falls. This is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Switzerland, located north of Zurich airport, near Schaffhausen. The Rhine Falls is a breathtaking sight, with its powerful rush of water cascading down a rocky cliff, creating a thunderous roar that can be heard from miles away. At 150 meters wide and 23 meters high, the Rhine Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Europe, making it a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

Top international routes

  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Frankfurt
  • Berlin
  • Vienna
  • Geneva
  • Hamburg
  • Paris

Main airlines

Swiss International Air Lines, Edelweiss Air, easyJet, Germania Flug, Lufthansa, and Vueling

Terminals

There are three passenger piers: A, B, and E, which are also referred to as gates, docks, or terminals. All three are linked to the Airport Center building. Gate A serves flights inside the Schengen Area, Gate B serves non-Schengen flights, and Gate E serves both Schengen and non-Schengen flights. The easiest way to move between Gates A and B is to walk, while the best way to get to and from Gate E is to take the free Skymetro train, which runs every three minutes.

Location

The airport is located 13 km (8 mi) north of Zurich city center. Motorway A1L and Wasserwerkstrasse are the main roads connecting Zurich Airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Convertibles - from $122 per day
  • Station wagons - from $124 per day
  • Large cars - from $94 per day
  • Medium cars - from $87 per day
  • Vans - from $252 per day
  • Premium cars - from $104 per day
  • Small cars - from $75 per day
  • SUVs - from $89 per day

Car rental desks

You’ll find these in the car rental center, which is on level 1 of the Airport Center building.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many cafés, bars, and dining establishments, including a local Swiss Chalet restaurant and an Italian restaurant, as well as lots of shops, some of them duty-free. Zurich Airport’s shopping center is located one level above check-in area 3. There are also many ATMs, currency exchanges, lounges, an on-site hotel, various family services, a medical center, three pharmacies, an observation deck, showers, a spa and beauty salon, and a chapel. Luggage storage is next to the service center in car park 2 on level 1 and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There are also coin-operated luggage lockers. The airport is fully equipped for travelers with reduced mobility. Special assistance is also provided. If you’d like this service, you need to request it at one of the special assistance desks no later than 90 minutes before your flight departs. You’ll find these desks in the departure halls. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

BP gas station, located at Flughafenstrasse 79, can be reached in less than two minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations near the airport and in Zurich.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Munich (310 km / 192 mi)
  • Geneva (280 km / 174 mi)
  • Basel (90 km / 56 mi)
  • Frankfurt (411 km / 255 mi)
  • Milan (294 km / 183 mi)
  • Amsterdam (826 km / 513 mi)
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Airport info

Rating
8.4
  • Getting to the airport 9.0
  • Check-in and departures 8.7
  • Terminal facilities 8.7
  • Wi-Fi 7.7
  • Restaurants and car rental services 8.0
  • Lounge 8.0

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

  • IATA: ZRH
  • ICAO: LSZH
  • Name: Zurich Airport (ZRH)
  • Distance from city: 5.6 miles / 9 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Zurich Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Zurich Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Zurich Airport
$66.94
January
$86.86
February
$85.20
March
$62.81
April
$74.75
May
$108.26
June
$155.18
July
$135.39
August
$104.05
September
$84.94
October
$61.30
November
$102.27
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Zurich Airport is November — when rental costs average $61.30 per day. This is 35% cheaper than the yearly average and 60% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $155.18 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Zurich Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in April the average rental period is 8 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average number of rental days at Zurich Airport
6
January
5
February
5
March
8
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
6
October
6
November
6
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Zurich Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Zurich Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Zurich Airport in June, while they are least likely to rent in in March.
Monthly searches at Zurich Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
77%
January
84%
February
71%
March
80%
April
94%
May
147%
June
129%
July
117%
August
123%
September
92%
October
72%
November
114%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Alamo, Europcar, GreenMotion, Hertz, Enterprise
Popular car categories SUVs, Small cars, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $75 per day
Cheapest supplier GreenMotion

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Alamo Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Europcar Volkswagen Touran 5 2 Vans
Alamo Ford Puma 4 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Explore Vacations AG Nissan Qashqai 5 4 SUVs
Europcar Volkswagen T-Roc 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Jeep Compass 5 2 SUVs
Europcar Volkswagen Transporter T6 4 3 Vans
GreenMotion Toyota Yaris 5 2 Small cars

FAQ

Is a South African license permitted in Switzerland?
Residents of any country that is not in the European Union will need to provide an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Will I be able to cross the border from Switzerland to Italy?
Yes, It is possible to travel to Italy from Switzerland in a rental car. The customer will need to inform the car rental company in advance to get permission to cross the border. The customer will also be charged a cross-border fee for traveling to Italy.
Does the car come with snow tires? If not, can we rent snow chains?
Most rental cars come with all-season tires. If the car is equipped with winter tires, It will be mentioned in the car’s specifications. If a customer wishes to rent snow chains they need to order them in advance as they are subject to availability.

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Israel
Opel Mokka
January 23, 2024
Drove to Luzern and Grindelwald. The heat in the car and the heated seats and wheel was great while it was freezing cold outside.
Canada
Peugeot 3008
January 7, 2024
Ski in the Alpes
Malaysia
Volkswagen Polo
September 11, 2023
Nice experience and easy to communicate
Isle of Man
Ford Kuga
July 3, 2023
Except for 2 bad days with rain everything was perfect
Australia
Volkswagen Polo
May 7, 2023
Experienced so much culture and history. Loved all the old buildings and beautiful sights.
Switzerland
Volkswagen Polo
February 26, 2023
I visited Bern for a one day trip with my girlfriend which was really nice
Singapore
VW Multivan
January 2, 2023
great scenic drive
Israel
Seat Arona
November 13, 2022
Engelberg so beautiful and only one hour drive from Zurich
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
October 30, 2022
No problem except there was no booklet in English in the glove compartment! That was a problem for us and would be for other English speaking customers too!
Malaysia
VW Golf
October 27, 2022
Had a good road trip through Switzerland attractions, through Italy, Germany & back to Zurich. Rental car performed optimally.
Israel
VW Polo
June 29, 2022
customer photo
Israel
Fiat 500X
May 22, 2022
Zermat , grindwalld , interlaken , zurich , and more
United Arab Emirates
Skoda Octavia
August 10, 2021
Time is important for travelers and the easy way to rent a car is value.
Switzerland
Volvo V40
October 30, 2020
Car pick up point is very easy to find and well designated in the airport. Car return point is also easy to find and it doesn't take long before it's processed and declared as received.
United Kingdom
Mercedes Benz V Class
September 2, 2020
if you need a car for travel. local parking meant to be very difficult
United Arab Emirates
Ford Fiesta
July 19, 2020
Zurich is overly expensive. If you can, rent in France or Germany and drive over. Normally I would do this except during covid crisis, we did not want any border hassle.
United Kingdom
Volvo V40
March 7, 2020
Didn’t stay there
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
March 2, 2020
Ensure you get one large enough to comfortably fit all your luggage...
United States of America (USA)
Opel Mokka
August 22, 2018
I had a great rental experience in Zurich. The person at the counter, Andrea, was very helpful and proactive. She provided great information regarding navigating around the airport and was efficient, thorough, and super pleasant to deal with.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
GreenMotion
9.3 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Firefly
7.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
31
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$112.22
Lowest daily price
$75.00
Total cars available
222

Top 13 Suppliers at Zurich Airport in 2024

GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.3 / 28 reviews
+410764902881
Holiday Inn Express, Hofwisenstrasse 30, 8153 Rumlang
$75 - $104
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-21:00
Sat:08:30-21:00
Sun:08:30-21:00
Europcar
Very good 8.9 / 122 reviews
+41432555656
PARKING 3 G1
$104 - $165
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
Enterprise
Very good 8.8 / 82 reviews
+410581220420
FLUGHAFEN ZURICH,
$89 - $315
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Dollar
Very good 8.8 / 52 reviews
+41438163255
Airside Center, Flughafen, 8302 Zürich, Switzerland
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 234 reviews
+410581220420
Flughofstrasse 3, 8058 Kloten, Switzerland
$83 - $281
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.7 / 25 reviews
+41438163255
Flughafenstrasse 3, 8060 Zürich
$141 - $428
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
SIXT
Very good 8.6 / 81 reviews
+41848884444
Parking 3, 8302 Zürich
$143 - $492
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.6 / 10 reviews
+41448007733
Zurich Airport, Airport Shopping Center, 8302 Zürich
$132 - $454
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 41 reviews
+410438163255
Zurich Airport, Zurich, 8058 Kloten
$143 - $436
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Budget
Budget
Very good 8 / 5 reviews
+41448007733
Zurich Airport, Airport Shopping Center, 8302 Zürich
$156 - $399
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
National
National
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
+410581220420
Bimenzältenstrasse 11, 8302 Kloten
$94 - $324
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
+41848884444
Parking 3, 8302 Kloten
$146 - $252
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7
+41438163215
ZURICH AIRPORT - HERTZ CAR PARK - in Terminal
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
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