Plane Spotting Zurich

Plane Spotting Zurich

There are a number of hotels suitable for plane spotting in the vicinity of Zurich. You ahve a choice of hotels near to the terminal and it’s associated viewing deck, or those less expensive airport hotels on the perimeter which may offer views, or be nearby to vantage points.

Radisson Blu Zurich Airport
is situated on the airport complex therefore giving you easy access to the terminal viewing decks, as well as the train service into Zurich and beyond.
Location: *** Excellent central location. The hotel is connected to the terminal complex. Spot from your room or the airport terraces/car parks which are literally minutes away.
Spotting: ** Ask for a high level, airport facing room and you will get good views. Room 409 gives views out onto terminal E as well as giving views out onto Runways 14/32 and 10/28 allowing most day time movements to be read off with binoculars.
Photos: ** Not really possible from the room, however the hotel is next door to car park 6 and the Runway 28 photo spot is only a 15 min walk away (area’s 4 and 5 on this map)
Value: * Expect around £100 a night
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A typical airport view from The Radisson Blu Hotel  courtesy of TripAdvisor (double click picture to expand)    

 

Holiday Inn Express
is found near to The Park Inn Hotel which is featured below. A McDonalds is located next door to the hotel next to The Park Inn. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to and from the airport. Note, the Shuttle bus often fills up early for the return to the airport, you are best pre-booking your seat the evening before if you can at the reception area. The hotel has a “happy hour” between 1700-1900. Eateries within 5 minute walk include a Subway, Pizza Restaurant and an Aldo store where you can stock up on the days supplies.
Location: ** Located on the perimeter. The excellent heligrill spotting area (area 6 on this map) is only a 15-20 minute stroll from the hotel.
Spotting: ** Ask for a high level, airport facing room and you will get good views. Departing aircraft off Runway 28 lift in front of you and appear above the trees. and can be read off through binoculars during day light. Departures off Runway 16 can be seen but not easily read off. Arrivals on Runway 16 can be seen in the distance but disappear behind trees on arrival therefore flight tracking software is essential. Rooms 421-431 and 521-531 are the ones to ask for with the best views.
Photos: ** No good quality photos available from the hotel, however great shots can be had from the heli grill, located only a short 15 minute walk away.
Value: ** Between £60-£90 a night
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 A typical airport view from The Radisson Blu Hotel  courtesy of TripAdvisor (double click to expand)    

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Park Inn Zurich Airport
is situated on the perimeter of Zurich Airport with a free hotel shuttle bus to the airport and is found near to the Holiday Inn Express below.   
Location: ** Good location on the perimeter of the airfield. A McDonalds adjoins the hotel for your fast food! Free internet is provided near to reception where you can log onto the Zurich Airport website which provides the reg’s of most movements.
Spotting: *** Ask for a room overlooking the airport. Room 401 has been reported as having a reasonable view over the airport, with the aid of SBS most movements can be identified. The excellent heligrill spotting area (area 6 on this map) is only a 15-20 minute stroll from the hotel.
Photos: ** No reports but I guess that you would need a good zoom for any reasonable photos. A 10 minute walk takes you to a good photographic point on the perimeter.
Value: ** A room from around £70 a night
Book:   This hotel can be booked through Park Inn Official Website or  Agoda
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Welcome Inn
comes highly recommended by many spotters. Located in the village of Kloten just 2km from Zurich Airport, this hotel offers attractive prices with a good location. Although no views of the airport are possible from the hotel, the airport is just a 20 minute walk away. A free courtesy shuttle bus is available for those who aren’t feeling energetic. The hotel has a couple of restaurants although there are Italian and Chinese restaurants very nearby the hotel.  
Location: ** Good location for spotters to base themselves at. Only 20 minutes form the hotel to being on the spectators terrace.
Spotting: * No views from the rooms. Only a 15 minute walk to multi storey car park F located near the threshold of runway 28, which is the usual departure runway. The hotel is only a 10 minute walk away from the Runway 28 photo spot (area’s 4 and 5 on this map)
Photos: * No photos available from the hotel.
Value: *** Weekend rates start at about £55 and rise to about £75 during the week for a standard twin room
Book:   This hotel can be booked through Agoda
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Other hotels in the vicinity of The Welcome Inn which are less than a 15 minute walk away from the multi storey car park and Runway 28 photo spots are The Apartments Kloten,  Fly Away and  Hotel Allegra. There are no confirmed reports from these hotels of any views at the moment.

 


 

NH Hotel Zuerich Airport
is found just 2km away from the airport in the village of Glattbrugg. No actual reports are available on the spotting opportunities from this airport, however looking on the map the hotel appears to be on or near the departure path for runway 16, which is the main departure runway for the long haul flights. The hotel does offer a courtesy shuttle bus to and from the airport and the hotel has its own restaurant available.
Location: ** Just a quick 10 minute ride to the terminal building.
Spotting: * An outside chance of being able to read 16 departures off from the hotel although this is not guaranteed
Photos: * No opportunities for photos from the hotel.
Value: *** Just £50 for a twin room at weekends rising to £75 for a midweek stay (Breakfast not included).
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  • Andy Smith

    Video from The Radisson Blu

  • Neil Harris

    Just come back from a short trip to Zurich ,stayed in the NH Hotel Zurich Airport ,stayed in room 112 over looking the main road ,when they are landing on runway 34 you can almost touch landing aircraft,no more than 200-300 feet on finals,seem to land only first thing in the morning,would certainly recommend,bus is free from airport, 3 Swiss Francs from hotel,ticket purchased from reception,breakfst is 27 Swiss Francs,but plenty of eateries nearby…