Zurich Hauptbahnhopf, or Zurich HB as the locals call it, is the largest railway station in Switzerland and one of the busiest railway stations in the world, with up to 2,915 trains per day zooming in and out. Situated very centrally in the old town, its neo-classical facade hides one of the most versatile transport spaces on earth. The completely renovated station concourse is one of the largest covered spaces in Europe. There's a weekly market and frequent events, including 'open air' cinema, Christmas markets, skating and beach volleyball.
Finding Your Way Around
The station is easy to find your way round. It has a main hall leading through to the main concourse and platforms. The shopping centre is under the station.
You can enter the councourse from 3 sides and the rail tracks and station information are all at the far end of the concourse. The entrance from Bahnhofstrasses, purportedly the richest street in the world, brings you to the rail track end of the station. The tracks are on the same level as the councourse and there's a big information board, which is easily visible. In this area there's also a Rail City information point.
Shops & Bars
Beneath the station is the black and white marbled-floored ShopVille, one of the largest shopping centres in Switzerland, with over 200 shops, restaurants and cafes. There are also various cafes in the main entrance hall.
There are automatic lockers on the mezzanine (the intermediate floor between the main concourse and the shopping level). Go down the escalators from the big clock any you will see it, on the same level as the McClean toilets, the main waiting room and the interfaith chapel) There is also a more expensive manual luggage room located on the outside of the station on the Landesmuseum side.
The S-Bahn (for local trains) is accessed in the main concourse and trams are in Bahnhofplatz and Bahnhofquai.
Taxis There is a taxi rank outside the station, and in Bahnhofplatz and Museumstrasse. There are also water taxis (Wassertaxi) in the city, which run from one side of Zürichsee lake to the other, stopping at several destinations along the way.
The station is fully accessible with facilities for the disabled.
Need To Know
The station is also home to several amazing works of public art including Niki de Saint Phalle's “Guardian Angel” and Mario Merzer's “The Philospher's Egg."