Christmas travels at Zurich Airport


The days around Christmas and New Year’s Eve are popular travel days. Therefore, Flughafen Zürich AG expects an increased volume of passengers. They can help to ensure that their journey starts as relaxed as possible. Zurich Airport also offers a wide variety of holiday activities for all those who do not travel.

The days at the end of the year are often used for visiting family and friends, as well as for vacation and leisure travel. The peak day with around 90,000 passengers is expected on 22 December. As Check-in 1 is partially closed during the winter months due to extensive construction work on the baggage carousels, passengers are advised to note the check-in changes. Further information can be found here:

Airport website

Tips for travel preparations 

To start the journey as relaxed as possible, passengers are advised to prepare well before arriving at the airport. This includes the following: 

  • Online check-in or - if possible - check-in the day before  and ensure in advance that you are aware of the airline's regulations regarding bulky baggage, such as skis or musical instruments.
    Information on check-in options 
  • Lufthansa Group passengers (Lufthansa, SWISS, Edelweiss, Austrian and Brussels) as well as Chair passengers have access to the self-bag drop machines. 
    Information about Self Bag Drop 
  • Bring as little hand luggage as possible and check beforehand what is allowed in your carry-on and checked-in baggage, what is only allowed under certain conditions and what is not allowed at all. This applies in particular to batteries, liquids, fireworks, lighters, e-cigarettes and avalanche backpacks. Christmas gifts and culinary specialties containing liquids  should be stowed in checked baggage. A search function can be found on the airport website. 
    What is allowed in your luggage 
  • Recommended arrival time: Use the "Find flight" function on the Zurich Airport website to select your flight, and then enter whether you have already checked in and/or whether you are traveling with hand luggage only. The recommended arrival time at Zurich Airport will then be displayed. 
    To the flight information 
  • In addition to the priority line at the security checkpoint, anyone wishing to have a separate lounge area in the Airside Center including a premium snack and drink can now benefit from the "ZRH Comfort" service. Further information and prices can be found here: 
    Book ZRH Comfort

Holidays at Zurich Airport 

Zurich Airport also has a wide variety of activities for those staying at home before and during the festive season. The Airport Shopping offers a wide variety of Christmas gifts for any occasion. From 16 to 25 December, helpers will wrap the gifts purchased on site for free at the gift-wrapping station. The Airport Shopping as well as the stores at the Circle are open daily during the holidays. An overview of stores and restaurants with detailed opening hours can be found on the airport website. 
To the overview of all stores and restaurants 

Aviation fans get to enjoy bus tours and guided tours on Mondays and Tuesdays during the festive period. The Observation Deck is also open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. 
To the visitor experiences 

Those looking for culinary highlights will find them at Sablier restaurant at the Circle. On Tuesday, 26 December, there will be a seven-course festive brunch. On New Year's Eve guests can enjoy a 6-course gala dinner followed by a party with a live DJ. 
Further information on the holiday activities at Zurich Airport