Our trip to northern Italy and Switzerland is still 7 months away, but now that we have our flights (in and out of Zurich as there were no nonstop options in and out of Milan) and hotels booked, I’m starting to figure out the local travel logistics.
We will be staying in Zurich for 2 nights, so we can spend a full day at Lake Constance before moving on to Milan and then we will make our way back up through Switzerland. While in Zurich we will be staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity (Kalandergasse 1; Zurich, 8045). I’m trying to figure out the best way for myself + 2 other travelers to get from the airport to the hotel. We will have 2 24-inch and 1 26-inch suitcase + our carry-on bags.
I’m debating between splurging and taking a taxi (approximately $75) or taking the train + tram. If we go with the train + tram (I believe tram 13 is what we would use) we’ll have our Travel Pass start on this day. I’m worried that after an 8-hour overnight flight and this being our first experience with European public transit, the train + tram option might not make sense for us even though it’s the cheapest. We pretty much have zero experience with public transit.
Our flight arrives at 10:30 am. So, we plan to just drop luggage off at hotel for them to hold as check-in is not until 3pm and then catch a tram to HB to explore the Old Town area. Since taxi is the easiest and quickest option, does it make sense to just take one?
Also, if we do take a taxi, we probably won’t start our travel pass until day 2. So, does anyone know if the Sihlcity tram stop as a ticket machine for our travel to HB? And I’m embarrassed to ask this, but when we’re at the tram stop, how will we know if the tram is going in the direction we need to go?
I feel confident with the trains and ferries, but the trams have me a little nervous. I’m sure once we are there and use them, we’ll be fine. I’m way more confident getting luggage from hotel to HB when we have to go to Milan. But I am admittedly a little stressed with getting to the hotel the first time.
Thanks as always for the great help!!
P.S. Any other info. I should know about the trams? I do know I have to press a button to get on and off. But that's about the extent of my knowledge.