8006 Zurich, Switzerland
Click on the small map below to see a more detailed map of downtown Zurich and the conference location (or download a high-resolution map of about 400k). 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:
We highly recommend using public transportation to reach the conference location (see the descriptions from downtown Zurich and from Zurich Airport below). If you must bring your car, you should check with your hotel for parking facilities, as there is no free parking around Zurich.
For short term parking (at about CHF 4.- per hour) you can follow the city-wide electronic parking system, which will guide you to the nearest parking garage with color-coded signs, also showing the exact number of currently open parking spots. For about half that price you can leave your car at a public Park&Ride (P+R) facility outside the city center (just follow the signs from any major highway leading into the city) and take a tram or bus from there.
Your best option for long-term parking is to spend CHF 15.- on a daily parking permit for the residence parking areas ("Blaue Zone") available throughout the city. The permits are available at any city policy station (see the corresponding map), the closest one to the conference location is the Quartierwache Unterstrass in the Röslistrasse 10 (permits are sold Monday through Friday 7am-7pm). Note, however, that you will have to "hunt" down your parking spot in close competition to thousands of local residents, which might require you to park more than a couple of block from where you really want to go!
Apart from your parking woes, getting to Zurich by car should be fairly easy, as Switzerland features a comprehensive network of national highways ("Nationalstrassen," with a speed limit of 120km/h strictly enforced!). Note that you will need to buy a CHF40.- "Vignette" (road-tax stickers, sold at border crossings and gas stations) if you want to use them. We recommend using a route-planner such as Map24 or Venturo to find your way to the conference venue at the Gloriastr. 35, 8006 Zurich. In general you should follow the signs to "Zurich/City" until you see directions to "ETH/Universitätsspital" (University hospital, also indicated by a white-on-blue icon showing the letter "H"). This should get you in close vicinity of the ETZ Building (which is right behind the University hospital, see the map below).
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.
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 conference location).
If you are planning to use public transportation at least twice a day (for example for going to and coming from the conference), 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 labeled "Tageskarte" or, alternatively, press the blue button followed by the <-> button at the top of the machine. 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 easiest and most comfortable way to the Pervasive 2002 conference 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. Note that if you only have a credit card, you can get your tickets also at the SBB (Swiss Railways) counter or their corresponding SBB ticket machines (shown on the left), which also sell public transportation tickets in addition to general train tickets for all of Switzerland.
Once you arrive at Zürich Hauptbahnhof, follow the description above (From Downtown Zurich...) to find the ETZ Building (no need to buy another ticket).
To use the ZVV ticket machine (ZVV = Zurich Public Transportation Network) you need Swiss coins and/or CHF 20.- banknotes (not all machines accept banknotes). If you only have a credit card, you can buy your tickets at an SBB ticket vending machine (SBB = Swiss Railways, see picture above) instead, which can be found at the airport and the main train station.
Use the ZVV ticket machine as follows:
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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