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Transit time from landing at Zurich Int Airport to train station

Hi, we are landing at Zurich Airport from Australia at 7.50am and our TGV train for Paris departs at 9.30am. Is this enough time to clear customs, get to the train station and board the train?

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Yes, if there are no flight delays and you are using the airport train station. You will be quite tired coming off that flight. Would it be possible to spend a day in Zurich and head to Paris the next day? That would also help with connections.

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1447 posts

The train only takes 10-15 minutes to get from Zurich’s airport to Zurich’s downtown train station from where the TGV trains depart.

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Thanks so much. Never having travelled a lot on trains, do we need to be on the train a certain amount of time before departure or is it just before doors close?

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1447 posts

Just board with your ticket. You can buy them online in advance at www.SBB.ch The best thing is, in my experience, Swiss trains are always on time and pull out of the station precisely on the minute they’re due to depart.
Have a great Trip!

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1956 posts

On Swiss trains doors close automatically once they detect that there are no longer people boarding. That may be before departure time. But you can still open them. Look for a button with green illuminated ring around it. Press it and doors open again. Doors will only be locked at departure time, and not a second earlier.

At the ZRH train station any train from platform 3 or 4 will get you to the main station. It is all very well signposted, so do not worry. It is not that different from taking a train in Australia.

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In my experience, Swiss trains pull out the SECOND they are scheduled to leave. So if a train is schedule to leave at noon, it pulls out at 12:01; if you get to the platform at 12:59, you are staring at the back of the train in the distance!

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The doors lock exactly at departure time, not before. The train will move within 20 seconds after the doors were confirmed as locked. That's the procedure.

Not all trains are punctual, though. In Switzerland, a train that is up to 3 minutes late is still considered on-time.