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Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Hi all,

My family and I will be travelling to Zurich next week with 4 large suitcases. I am thinking to send some of the suitcases via post office in the airport if any. Is it possible? and how much is the rates?

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Old 26.09.2015, 07:45
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Sending cases from where to where?? Japan to Zurich? Zurich to Japan? Zurich to Timbuktu?

If you mean Zurich to Timbuktu, then there is a post office in Zurich airport and the website www.post.ch should be able to answer your questions...
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Hi all,

My family and I will be travelling to Zurich next week with 4 large suitcases.
I am thinking to send some of the suitcases via post office in the airport if any. Is it possible? and how much is the rates?

Thanks!
It is possible to post a suitcase from Japan to a post office in Zurich. You would of course need to complete a customs declaration in Japan.
It might take several days to be cleared by the Swiss customs, so maybe choose a Post Offfice near your hotel?

You can address the suitcase to,
Your name
Postlagernd
c/o Postzustelle
address of the post offices which handle parcels, adresses follow in the link,

https://places.post.ch/?topic=1&Pres...rectentry=True

In Zurich you will only pay for any customs duty, no extra charges. I believe the post office at the airport (Kloten) is for small things, & does not take parcels.
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Same problem as above - is it because of 'excess luggage' to return home ?

In that case, talk to the airline about how to pay (in advance) for the extra luggage, to minimise the cost.

Within Switzerland, it is possible to have your luggage transported via train from the airport to another train station. They have a luggage transport service. There is no guarantee, however, that your luggage will be on the same train as you are - it really depends where you are going within Switzerland as they move the luggage/freight in batches on specific trains.
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

I`m sorry, my question was not clear..

I mean to send my luggage from Zurich airport to my apartment in Zurich directly, is it possible?

I`ve read the luggage transport service from SBB, but it`s only transport within train stations..
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I`m sorry, my question was not clear..

I mean to send my luggage from Zurich airport to my apartment in Zurich directly, is it possible?

I`ve read the luggage transport service from SBB, but it`s only transport within train stations..
I don't know of any service like that.

You can order a minibus, 9 or 16 seats, with a driver, if your problem is too much luggage and too many passengers for a normal size car.

You can push the baggage trolley(s) by yourself, with the luggage, from the airport delivery band, to the taxi.
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I don't know of any service like that.

You can order a minibus, 9 or 16 seats, with a driver, if your problem is too much luggage and too many passengers for a normal size car.

You can push the baggage trolley(s) by yourself, with the luggage, from the airport delivery band, to the taxi.
Thanks! In that case, I think I`ll go with the taxi. It`s just that I heard it is very expensive there and include some tipping that I am not familiar with as we don`t have something like that in Japan.
How much is the usual tip?
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

You are right, taxis in Zurich can be very expensive. Many locals would not use them. The tariffs are regulated.
Here is a link (in German only, but fairly clear) in which you can enter "from" and "to", with addresses, or even the names of the places, and it will caclulate the fare.
http://www.xtaxi.ch/tarife.html
For example, from "Zurich Airport" to "Hotel Central Zurich" came up at just under Fr. 50, plus Fr. 4 per piece of luggage (loading). If you are comparing various destinations using this website, be sure to click "reset" each time.

Right inside the Zurich Airport, downstairs, there is a Zurich Airport Railway Station. The free airport luggage trolleys go in the lift, of course, but are also cleverly designed to be able to go down the escalator, too.

A train from the airport to Zurich Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof, in German) takes only about 10 minutes, and the trains run frequently, several per hour. A one-way ticket, valid for an hour, in the Airport Zone 121 and the City Zone 110 (which has so many buses and trams that it counts as two zones) costs Fr. 6.60 per adult.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...le-ticket.html
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv-assets/abos-un...zonen_2014.pdf
This ticket will take you all over Zone 110, and therefore it will probably be easy to change, from the Central Railway Station, onto a tram or bus which stops very near your hotel. The distances between the stops, at least within the city, are small, and walkable.
Here you can look up the timetable, by entering "Zurich Airport" and the address of your hotel, and you'll see how many times you'd need to change train or tram.
http://online.fahrplan.zvv.ch/bin/query.exe/en

With this information, I think you'll be able to compare the taxi fare plus luggage, with the sum of the train-fares for all the members of your party.

If you do choose to take a taxi, then please let me know, and I can send you the telephone number of a very reliable, kind taxi-driver who speaks both English and German.

In any case, to move around the city once you've settled in to your hotel, public transport, with 24-hour tickets, can be a super way to see the city. Or, if negotiating the changes, with many people in the party, just seems too difficult, it is also possible to book the same taxi.driver repeatedly, throughout your stay.

Tips in taxis and in restaurants work the same way: the amount you pay is rounded up. So if the fare (or the meal) is CHF 47, whatever note the customer gives the driver (or the waiter) he/she will immediately be ready to give the correct change, and at that point, the customer says: "Oh, that's okay, please make it Fifty"
However, there is also an understanding that a tip is around 10%, so on CHF 47, a tip of CHF 3 is a little low. Therefore, it is kind to give the driver or waiter some additional coins. It is not law that you have to tip, but is considered fair. And if the service was really good and the person helpful, then by all means tip more. It is not easy to make a living as a taxi-driver, and being a waiter is very hard work.
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

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You are right, taxis in Zurich can be very expensive. Many locals would not use them. The tariffs are regulated.
Here is a link (in German only, but fairly clear) in which you can enter "from" and "to", with addresses, or even the names of the places, and it will caclulate the fare.
http://www.xtaxi.ch/tarife.html
For example, from "Zurich Airport" to "Hotel Central Zurich" came up at just under Fr. 50, plus Fr. 4 per piece of luggage (loading). If you are comparing various destinations using this website, be sure to click "reset" each time.

Right inside the Zurich Airport, downstairs, there is a Zurich Airport Railway Station. The free airport luggage trolleys go in the lift, of course, but are also cleverly designed to be able to go down the escalator, too.

A train from the airport to Zurich Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof, in German) takes only about 10 minutes, and the trains run frequently, several per hour. A one-way ticket, valid for an hour, in the Airport Zone 121 and the City Zone 110 (which has so many buses and trams that it counts as two zones) costs Fr. 6.60 per adult.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...le-ticket.html
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv-assets/abos-un...zonen_2014.pdf
This ticket will take you all over Zone 110, and therefore it will probably be easy to change, from the Central Railway Station, onto a tram or bus which stops very near your hotel. The distances between the stops, at least within the city, are small, and walkable.
Here you can look up the timetable, by entering "Zurich Airport" and the address of your hotel, and you'll see how many times you'd need to change train or tram.
http://online.fahrplan.zvv.ch/bin/query.exe/en

With this information, I think you'll be able to compare the taxi fare plus luggage, with the sum of the train-fares for all the members of your party.

If you do choose to take a taxi, then please let me know, and I can send you the telephone number of a very reliable, kind taxi-driver who speaks both English and German.

In any case, to move around the city once you've settled in to your hotel, public transport, with 24-hour tickets, can be a super way to see the city. Or, if negotiating the changes, with many people in the party, just seems too difficult, it is also possible to book the same taxi.driver repeatedly, throughout your stay.

Tips in taxis and in restaurants work the same way: the amount you pay is rounded up. So if the fare (or the meal) is CHF 47, whatever note the customer gives the driver (or the waiter) he/she will immediately be ready to give the correct change, and at that point, the customer says: "Oh, that's okay, please make it Fifty"
However, there is also an understanding that a tip is around 10%, so on CHF 47, a tip of CHF 3 is a little low. Therefore, it is kind to give the driver or waiter some additional coins. It is not law that you have to tip, but is considered fair. And if the service was really good and the person helpful, then by all means tip more. It is not easy to make a living as a taxi-driver, and being a waiter is very hard work.
Thank you very much for this very helpful info! I`ll try to consider all of the things, especially because i will bring a toddler with me (3 years old). I`ll pm you for the taxi number
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

I could well imagine that 4 large suitcases sent by post would easily trump taxi trip costs. Even by Swiss standards post is not cheap. Given that you have to get the suitcases to the station anyway why not get the taxi from the nearest station rather than the airport?
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Dear Wilz,

If your family do not need the luggage directly the day they arrive you can have it redirected to the nearestv manned train station to you for 10-15chf per bag/case. I do this a lot however it does take about 12-24 hours. this might be useful to you alternatively swiss does operate a luggage delivery option if this is the airline they are arriving with and it is likely much cheaper than a taxi depending on the distance they would have to travel from the airport.
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Dear Wilz,

If your family do not need the luggage directly the day they arrive you can have it redirected to the nearestv manned train station to you for 10-15chf per bag/case. I do this a lot however it does take about 12-24 hours. this might be useful to you alternatively swiss does operate a luggage delivery option if this is the airline they are arriving with and it is likely much cheaper than a taxi depending on the distance they would have to travel from the airport.
Thank you CarlosR and lesC for the suggestions. How is the procedure to apply for this if i want to use it? should i arrange it before my departure or once I arrived in the airport?
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Here is the SBB page describing transport within Switzerland, if you want to collect your luggage and hand it over to the train counter yourself:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...itzerland.html

I don't think you need to arrange this in advance.

And here is the page describing direct transfers from plane to train:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...l-baggage.html

It claims to work with all airlines, but directs you to Swiss ticket agents to arrange it. So my guess is that it is easy to set up if you fly Swiss, possibly less easy otherwise.
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Re: Sending luggage at post office in Zurich airport?

Thanks ThomasSSS, @wilz no need to arrange anything in advance just show up with the luggage at the destination airport (Zurich in your case). If you fly swiss I think you can arrange it when you check in but I like to see my luggage after the flight

I was really impressed and have used this system for years all around the country especially with heavy luggage!
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Thanks ThomasSSS, @wilz no need to arrange anything in advance just show up with the luggage at the destination airport (Zurich in your case). If you fly swiss I think you can arrange it when you check in but I like to see my luggage after the flight

I was really impressed and have used this system for years all around the country especially with heavy luggage!
Thank you ThomasSSS and lesCA for the info!
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