There are several international airports in the country so taking flights to Switzerland is the best option to get there. The peak season for flights to Switzerland is January, February, March and December and the low season is in May, June and July. As you have assumed, people are coming to Switzerland to enjoy winter, winter sports and Christmas season.
In case you are visiting Switzerland from any of its neighboring countries, Germany, Austria, France or Italy, maybe it would be a good option to use land transport such as train, bus or rental car. The country is rather small, and driving won’t be a problem and, on a plus side, you will be able to enjoy incredible scenery.
Direct flights to Switzerland are currently provided by 60 airlines. Most frequent airline is Swiss Air, a national carrier. Other airlines, countries and cities having direct connections to Switzerland are listed further below.
International airports in Switzerland
There are total of 7 international airports in Switzerland, the main one being in Zurich. Here is a full list:
Zurich International Airport (ZRH), Zurich. The main airport with the greatest number of flights and passengers (almost 32 million in 2019).
Genève Aéroport (GVA), Geneva. Second largest and busiest airport in Switzerland. Almost 18 million passengers were transported in 2019.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg International Airport (BSL). This airport is actually located in France, but it is considered as Basel airport. It serves three cities, Basel in Switzerland, Mulhouse in France and Freiburg in Germany. With more than 9 million passengers per year, this is the third airport in Switzerland.
Lugano Airport (LUG). This is one of the smaller airports with much less traffic, but important connections from Germany, France and Italy. It also serves many local routes.
Bern Airport (BRN). Bern is capital of Switzerland, but somehow doesn’t attract as many visitors as Zurich and Geneva (or Alpine region) so this is also another smaller airport by size and number of flights/passengers.
St Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (ACH). This is another small airport, located near Lake Constance.
Sion Airport (SIR). This is the smallest airport, which is also used by Swiss military.
There are several other, very small airports, but only for local traffic, military purposes and cargo transport.
Switzerland has very developed airline industry (for such a small country) so there are quite a few local airlines:
- Belair Airlines (operating from Zurich Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg)
- EasyJet Switzerland (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and Geneva International Airport)
- Edelweiss Air (Zurich Airport)
- Germania Flug (Zurich Airport)
- Helvetic Airways (Zurich Airport)
- Jet Aviation (Zurich Airport and Teterboro Airport)
- SkyWork Airlines Bern Airport)
- Swiss Global Airlines (Zurich Airport)
- Swiss International Airlines (Zurich Airport)
Direct flights to Switzerland
Airlines flying to Switzerland directly
Here is the list of top airlines flying to Switzerland airports directly:
KLM… and many more.
Countries with direct flights to Switzerland
These are countries with most direct flights to Switzerland (from various cities). The list is, of course, much longer.
Direct flights from these countries:
Cities with direct flights to Switzerland
These are top cities that have regular, direct flights to Switzerland airports. There are many more cities with direct flights.
Flight calendar for Switzerland
Here is a simple flight calendar to help you determine the best times to fly to Switzerland. The main destination is Zurich, but you can put Geneva or Basel (or other available airports) and see calendar for these or any other airports from Switzerland:
Flights to Switzerland obviously shouldn’t be a problem. There are plenty of direct flights to Switzerland airports from almost every corner of the world. Flights from within Europe are the cheapest and more frequent. Switzerland is also one of the hubs to explore Europe and rest of the world as well.