Car Rental at Zurich Airport

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Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$67.17 per day
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$67.86 per day
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$71.73 per day
Economy Elite
Mini Cooper or similar
Mini Cooper
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$74.74 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Explore Vacations AG
$79.67 / per day
Compact Elite
Volkswagen ID.3 or similar
Volkswagen ID.3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$83.15 / per day
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$93.23 / per day
Full-size
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$145.92 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:01 on 2023-01-23. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
German,
French
Currency
CHF
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
41
Average car rental price
$85.43 / per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.6
Zurich Airport Car Rental

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. 
  • 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.

Top international routes

  • London
  • Berlin
  • Vienna
  • Düsseldorf
  • Amsterdam
  • Frankfurt

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

  • Station wagons - from $112 per day
  • Large cars - from $103 per day
  • Medium cars - from $81 per day
  • Vans - from $324 per day
  • Small cars - from $72 per day
  • SUVs - from $103 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
8.8
  • Getting to the airport 8.1
  • Departure and check-in 8.1
  • Terminal facilities 8.2
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.3
  • Lounge 6.4

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

  • IATA: ZRH
  • ICAO: LSZH
  • Name: Zurich Airport (ZRH)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 270,453
  • Passengers (per year): 29,396,094
  • Distance from city: 5.6 miles / 9 km N of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +41 43 816 22 11
  • Email: info@zurich-airport.com

Top 6 Locations near Zurich Airport

  1. 77.8 km / 48.4 miles away
  2. Car Rental at Basel Airport from $43.98 per day
    80.0 km / 49.7 miles away
  3. Car Rental at Sion Airport from $78.95 per day
    158.4 km / 98.4 miles away
  4. 223.8 km / 139.1 miles away
  5. Car Rental at Geneva Airport from $34.75 per day
    224.1 km / 139.3 miles away
  6. Car Rental in Geneva Acacias from $161.15 per day
    225.6 km / 140.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Zurich Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Zurich Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Zurich Airport
$76.11
January
$129.39
February
$81.13
March
$89.71
April
$72.20
May
$50.56
June
$88.11
July
$85.23
August
$45.48
September
$43.32
October
$108.55
November
$108.55
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Zurich Airport is October when prices for an Economy class start from $43.32. You can see that this is 47% cheaper than the yearly average and 67% cheaper than renting a car in February (when rental prices start at $129.39 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Zurich Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in January the average rental period is 7 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length
7
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
5
October
7
November
6
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Zurich Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Zurich Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in November.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
116%
January
97%
February
91%
March
96%
April
122%
May
106%
June
130%
July
115%
August
80%
September
80%
October
79%
November
89%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Renault Captur 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Skoda Octavia STW 5 3 Station wagons
Alamo Mini Cooper 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Puma 4 2 SUVs
Europcar Volkswagen Touran 5 2 Vans

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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
Fiat 500X
May 22, 2022
Zermat , grindwalld , interlaken , zurich , and more
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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Dollar
9.23 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.14 / 10
Total number of reviews
8
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$85.43
Lowest daily price
$67.17
Total cars available
173

Top 11 Suppliers at Zurich Airport in 2023

Dollar
Exceptional 9.2 / 52 reviews
+41438163255
Airside Center, Flughafen, 8302 Zürich, Switzerland
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Europcar
Exceptional 9.2 / 51 reviews
+41432555656
PARKING 3 G1
$83 - $198
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
SIXT
Exceptional 9.1 / 56 reviews
+41848884444
Parking 3, 8302 Zürich
$67 - $136
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.1 / 52 reviews
410581220420
FLUGHAFEN ZURICH,
$72 - $347
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 140 reviews
+410581220420
Flughofstrasse 3, 8058 Kloten, Switzerland
$72 - $343
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 14 reviews
+410438163255
Zurich Airport, Zurich, 8058 Kloten
$68 - $80
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
+410581220420
Bimenzältenstrasse 11, 8302 Kloten
$73 - $350
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
0438163255
Zurich Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.4 / 4 reviews
+41448007733
Flughafen Parking 3, Zurich, 8060
$75 - $202
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
Explore Vacations AG
Excellent 8.2 / 15 reviews
+41764959010 / +41763109960 / +41763916463
Wallisellerstrasse 147, D-8152, Glattbrugg, Zürich, Switzerland
$76 - $265
Working hours
Mon:06:00-19:59
Tue:06:00-19:59
Wed:06:00-19:59
Thu:06:00-19:59
Fri:06:00-19:59
Sat:06:00-17:00
Sun:06:00-17:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
+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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