8006 Zurich, Switzerland
Click on the small map below to see a more detailed map of downtown Zurich and the symposium location (or download a high-resolution map of about 600k). A separate tram map shows the public transportation in the downtown area (or download a very large tram map of about 740k for the full public transportation network in Zurich). The following describes detailed directions on how to get to the ETZ building:
Trams are very convenient to use in Zurich: tram lines 5 and 6 directly connect the conference location (tram stop Voltastrasse") to the downtown area in no more than 10 minutes. Typically, trams run every 7 minutes. The tram map below shows the tram stops in the downtown area. Take a tram running in the direction "Zoo" (line 6) or "Kirche Fluntern" (line 5), which is listed both on the sign at the tram stop and on the tram itself. You may change tram lines (or busses) at no extra cost.
Please make sure that you have a valid ticket before boarding the tram. Tickets can be bought at the ticket vending machine. If you already bought a ticket coming from the airport (see below), you do not need to buy an additional ticket. If you do not have a ticket yet, press the blue button and insert CHF 3.60. If you tram stop is five or fewer stops away from your destination, you can also buy a slightly cheaper short-distance ticket (called "Kurzstrecke"), by pressing the yellow button instead (for example, when coming from the main station, which is only five stops from the symposium location).
If you are planning to use public transportation at least twice a day (for example for going to and coming from the symposium), it already pays to buy a Tageskarte (day-pass), which is valid for 24 hours from the time you buy it. This way you can freely board any tram, bus or ship in the downtown area without stopping to buy a new ticket every time (just make sure that you have your day-pass ticket with you all the time). Simply press the <-> button after pressing the blue button (you can of course also buy a short-distance day-pass, by first pressing the yellow Kurzstrecke button and then the <-> button, though it's maybe not that useful). See below for a more detailed description of the ticketing machine.
Whichever tram line you take, make sure that you get off at the stop called Voltastrasse (marked with a red X in the tram map on the right). Walking a few steps back down the road you will find the main entrance of the ETZ building.
The least expensive way, costing CHF 5.40, is to take the train to Zurich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). Trains leave every 15 to 20 minutes and take about 10 minutes to get you to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (HB).
At the airport, simply follow the signs to the underground train station, which is located in the same building you arrived. Look for trains running to Zürich Hauptbahnhof or Zürich HB. Please make sure that you have a valid ticket before taking the last escalator down to the platform. Tickets can be bought at the ticket shop or at the ticket vending machine. Enter the code 8000 for downtown Zurich and insert Swiss coins or a CHF 20.- banknote. The machine will dispense a ticket and (if necessary) your change. See below for a more detailed description of the ticketing machine.
Once you arrive at Zürich Hauptbahnhof, follow the description above (From Downtown Zurich...) to find the ETZ Building (no need to buy another ticket).
Use the machine as follows: