Kloten Airport (tel. 0900/300-313; www.zurich-airport.com), the international airport of Zurich, is the biggest airport in Switzerland and the most popular gateway to the country; in fact, it's among the 10 busiest airports in Europe. The airport is approximately 11km (7 miles) north of the city center, and the trip by taxi costs between 55F and 60F. A far better and cheaper option is to take the Swiss Federal Railways train service. You'll arrive in less than 15 minutes at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station in the center of town. Zurich is a fairly compact town -- from the train station, you can walk or hop on a tram or bus to most Zurich hotels in less than 30 minutes. The train ticket from the airport to the main railway station costs 6.40F in second class, 10.60F in first class. A 24-hour version of the same ticket costs 24F in second class, 40F in first class. The train runs every 15 to 20 minutes between 5:02am and 12:41am. You can also take bus no. 768 (Zurich Airport-Seebach), but you'll have to change to tram no. 14 to get to the center of town.
Several trains bound for Switzerland leave from the Gare de l'Est in Paris. Two nonstop trains leave from Paris to Zurich daily, taking 6 hours. There are also good links between Austria and Switzerland, with trains arriving from Salzburg in 6 hours or Vienna in 9 hours. The best connection from Italy is via Milan (4 1/2 hr.). Trains to Zurich run every hour from Geneva (a 3-hr. journey) and from Basel (1 1/4 hr.). From Munich, high-speed express trains depart for Zurich frequently. All trains arrive at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (tel. 0900/300-300; www.sbb.ch).
Zurich's bus routes function only as feeder lines from outlying suburbs, which lie off the train lines, into the vicinity of the town's railroad station.
From Basel, take N3 east, and from Geneva, take N1 northeast, going via Bern, where you'll connect with E4 and E17 heading east into Zurich.
The Zurichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft, Mythenquai 333 (tel. 044/487-13-33; www.zsg.ch), offers regularly scheduled service on modern passenger ships as well as old steamers plying both sides of Lake Zurich. The service is operated year-round, going from Zurich as far as Rapperswil.