The Joint Symposium ASA-MA 2000 Department of Computer Science
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Symposium Location

ETZ building The ASA/MA 2000 Joint Symposium will be held at the ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich, Switzerland. All sessions will be held in the ETZ building (shown on the right), which is located east of the main ETH building in central Zurich. Its postal address is:
ETZ Building
Gloriastrasse 35
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:

From Downtown Zurich to the ETZ Building

The conference location (address: Gloriastrasse 35) is easily reachable from downtown Zurich (and from most hotels), either by walking upwards the hill (the so-called Zurichberg) for about 25 minutes (refer to the street map) or by taking a tram (streetcar) to the ETZ building.

Small Map of Zurich 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.

Tram Map Zurich (partial) 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.

From Zurich Airport to the ETZ Building

The easiest and most comfortable way to the ASA/MA 2000 symposium venue is to take a taxicab. Ask the driver to take you to the Gloriastrasse 35 in Zurich. This will cost you about CHF 40.- (taxicabs are fairly expensive in Zurich).

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). Ticketing Machine

Ticket Vending Machine

To use the ticketing machine you need Swiss coins and/or CHF 20.- banknotes (not all machines accept banknotes).

Use the machine as follows:

  1. From Zurich airport: Enter the code 8000 (for Zurich)
    From most places downtown: Press the blue button.
    From Zurich main station: Press the yellow button labeled Kurzstrecke.
  2. The display shows the price for a 2nd class, one-way ticket, which is valid on trains, trams, busses, and ships, for a period of one hour (two hours if you come from Zurich Airport, half an hour for a Kurzstrecke ticket).
  3. To switch between a one-way and return ticket, use the <-> button. A return ticket is valid for 24 hours and is also called a Tageskarte (day-pass). If you are planning to use public transportation more than once per day, this is the most convenient option!
  4. After you see a price displayed, insert the money using Swiss coins or -- on some machines -- a CHF 20,- banknote (no other notes are accepted). The machine will then drop the ticket and if necessary any change into the slot in the lower left corner.
Tickets are valid for the whole public transport network (using any means of transportation: trains, trams, busses, and ships) between the zone(s) encompassing the origin and the destination place. One-way tickets are valid for one hour (two if you come from Zurich Airport, half an hour if you have a Kurzstrecke ticket); return tickets are valid for 24 hours. The exact expiration time is also printed on the ticket.

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