Travel and Transportation

Zurich Train


Zürich Airport (Distance: 10 km from ETH Zürich)
The airport is connected to the Zürich Transport Network (ZTV).
The trip into the city center takes just 10 minutes. In addition, there are convenient direct connections to other Swiss cities such as Basel, Berne or Geneva.  

Train Service
More information will be posted soon about Rail Europe.  

Public Transportation
The simplest way to get around Zürich is on foot together with the public transport vehicles, trams, buses and trains. In Zürich City you find a bus or ZVV tram stop at intervals of around 300 meters. Learn more about Zürich public transportation
Visa Information
Questions about the Visa Invitation Letter application process, e-mail:

OSA Management – Invitation Letter
The Optical Society
2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Do you need a visa to travel to Switzerland?

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to travel to Switzerland. Please refer to the Switzerland’s Visa Information for details. Check the Nationality chart to verify if you will need a visa to travel to Switzerland.
General Information:
  • Only short-term visa applications (up to 90 days, Schengen visa) such as tourist, visit or business can be submitted online. A visa application can be submitted at the earliest 3 month before entering the Schengen area.
  • Applications for long-term visas (over 90 days, National visa) must be filed directly with the responsible Swiss representation.
  • Depending on the Swiss representation, appointments can be made for both, Schengen and National visas.
Other On-line Resources:
Switzerland Visa information
Types – Tourist visa/application