Directions to IRIS
How to get from the Airport to Zurich
Please make sure that you'll have swissfranks on you if you arrive after 10 pm local time.
The easiest and most comfortable way to the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems is to take a cab. Ask the driver to take you to Tannenstrasse 3 in Zürich. This will cost you about sFr. 40.- (taxis are fairly expensive in Zürich).
The least expensive way, costing approx. sFr. 6.- is to take the train to Zürich railway station. Trains are leaving every 15 to 20 minutes and take about 10 minutes to get you to Zürich Central Railway Station. (Zürich Hauptbahnhof or just 'HB').
At the airport follow the signs to the underground train station to get to the railway tracks. The train station is located three storeys underground in the same building in which you have arrived.
Please make sure that you have a valid ticket before taking the last stairs down to the platforms. Tickets can be bought at the ticket shop (the clerks speak english) or at the ticket vending machine (see below). Enter the code 8000.
How to get from Zurich main station to the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
The easiest and most comfortable way to the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems is to take a cab. Ask the driver to take you to Tannenstrasse 3. This will cost you about sFr. 15.-.
Follow the signs at the railway station to get to the tram stop. The trams in Zürich are numbered and the one that will take you to the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems is marked no. 6. You'll find the nearest tram stop for no. 6 off Bahnhofstrasse or Central. In addition to the numbers, every tram line has its own colored sign on it (no. 6 has an orange/brown sign). Beneath that colored sign, the terminal station is shown, so make sure it reads 'Zoo'.
Please make sure that you have a valid ticket. Tickets can be obtained at the ticket vending machine. The tram ride will take about 10 minutes. Get off at the fourth stop called 'ETH Zentrum/Universitätsspital'. Walking back towards the city along the tram line will lead you to the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (building CLA). The entrances of the CLA are open from 7 am to 7 pm. Our Institute is located on floor H.
To use the ticketing machine you need swiss coins and/or sFr. 20.- bank notes. Use the machine as follows:
- From Zürich airport (ZRH): Enter the code 8000 (for Zürich). From Zürich main station: Press the yellow button labeled 'Kurzstrecke'.
- The display shows the price for a 2nd class single-way ticket. You can switch between the 1st and 2nd class by pressing the '1.KL.' button. This is only important if you intend to use the train since there is no distinction between first and second class in trams. To switch between a single-way to a two-way ticket (return ticket) use the '<->' button. A two-way ticket for trams is valid for 24 hours and therefore called a 'Tageskarte'.
- Insert the money and the machine will drop the ticket and if necessary the change in the slot in the left corner.
Tickets are valid for the whole public transportation network between the zone(s) encompassing the origin and the destination place. Single-way tickets are valid for two hours and two-way tickets are valid for 24 hours.