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Last update on November 04, 2020

Swiss airports are renowned for being efficient and well-run, making them great as a home base or for a layover. Here’s a guide to Switzerland’s international airports.

Switzerland is conveniently located in the centre of Europe, making Switzerland’s airports popular launching points for travel within the European continent as well as destinations further afield. There are seven airports in Switzerland that serve domestic and international flights to and from Switzerland, as well as a number of private Swiss airports.

The busiest airports in Switzerland are in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel. The Zurich Airport had the lion’s share of passengers in 2015 with more than 26.2 million passengers flying from the airport. Following Zurich, Geneva was the second-busiest Swiss airport with 15.7 million passengers in 2015.

The main Swiss airports, specifically the airports located in Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern, are popular starting points for tourists looking to access the top places to visit in Switzerland.

The national carrier is Swiss Airlines (officially, Swiss International Air Lines or Swiss), 16.5 million passengers annually to 102 destinations (76 in Europe and 26 overseas). From its hub in Zurich in addition to the regional airport of Geneva, Swiss International Airlines services around 50 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Swiss Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group as well as a member of the Star Alliance.

This guide includes a list of international airports in Switzerland, as well as information on visa requirements for traveling to a Swiss airport.

Swiss airports: Do you need a visa?

Though Switzerland is not part of the European Union, it became a member of the Schengen Area in 2008. Passport checks for travelers arriving at a Swiss airport from other Schengen member countries were also lifted in 2009. These travelers can simply walk to the airport’s baggage hall and claim, although those coming from non-Schengen member countries will still have their passports checked.

Before arriving at an airport to Switzerland, make sure you have the appropriate Swiss visa or residence permit to avoid any complications or being deported to your home country. Read even more in Expatica’s extensive guide to visas and permits in Switzerland.

Additionally, under Swiss law, all visitors traveling to one of Switzerland’s airports must always carry their government-issued ID or a copy of their passport.

International airports in Switzerland

Zurich International Airport (ZRH)

8058 Zürich-Flughafen, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)43 816 22 11

Bern Airport (BRN)

Flugplatzstrasse 31, 3123 Belp, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)31 960 21 11

Genève Aéroport (GVA)

Route de l’Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)22 717 71 11

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg International Airport (BSL)

68304 Saint-Louis, France
T: +33 (0)38 990 31 11

Lugano Airport (LUG)

Via Aeroporto, 6982 Agno, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)91 610 12 82

Sion Airport (SIR)

Route de l’Aéroport, 1950 Sion, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)27 329 06 00

St Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (ACH)

Flughafenstrasse 11, 9423 Thal, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)71 858 51 65

Private Swiss airports

There are several private Swiss airports, including:

  • Ascona: Ascona Airport (ACO)
  • Lucerne/Emmen: Emmen Airport (EML)
  • St Moritz: Samedan Airport (SMV)

Switzerland airlines

If you wish to fly with a Swiss airline, you’ll find there are several to choose from:

Private Swiss airlines