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Last update on August 23, 2019

A list of international airports in Switzerland, plus information on visa requirements for travelling to a Swiss airport.

Switzerland is conveniently located in the centre of Europe, making Switzerland’s airports popular launching points for travel within the European continent. There are seven airports in Switzerland that serve domestic and international flights to and from Switzerland, plus 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. 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 and 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 and a member of the Star Alliance.

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

Swiss airports: Do you need a visa?

Airports in Switzerland

Though Switzerland is not part of the European Union, it became a member of the Schengen Area in 2008. Passport checks for travellers arriving at a Swiss airport from other Schengen member countries were lifted in 2009. These travellers 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 Expatica’s extensive guide to visas and permits in Switzerland.

Additionally, under Swiss law, all visitors travelling 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
W: flughafen-zuerich.ch

Bern Airport (BRN)

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

Genève Aéroport (GVA)

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

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg International Airport (BSL)

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

Lugano Airport (LUG)

Via Aeroporto, 6982 Agno, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)91 610 12 82
W: lugano-airport.ch

Sion Airport (SIR)

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

St Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (ACH)

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

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

Switzerland airlines

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

Private Swiss airlines

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Photo credits (CC-Licence): Carlos Delgado (Zurich airport Switzerland).