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Observation Decks

A destination for all age groups

Besides spectacular views, observation decks B and E offer plenty of attractions for both young and old. Experience take offs and landings at close range.

People at Observation Deck B at Zurich Airport
 Roll the film. Two million visitors to observation deck B within the space of six years.

Observation Deck B

Welcoming some 300,000 visitors each year, Observation Deck B at Zurich Airport is one of Switzerland’s most popular excursion destinations – and a source of excitement and fascination for airport aficionados young and old.

Observation Deck B is unrivalled worldwide, featuring a range of innovations that afford visitors a fascinating insight into the complex operations of Zurich Airport. One such innovation is the observation walkway that allows visitors to watch the pilots in the cockpit. Multimedia binoculars, known as Airport Scopes, offer additional background information about fixed and mobile points of interest at the airport. Flight information pillars provide you with fascinating facts about the various aircraft and their flight destinations.

Would you like to feel what it’s like to pilot an aircraft? Your children can find out at our mini-airport – a play area that features slides and see-saws as well as an aircraft cockpit and a control tower. The SWISS Kid’s Tour includes a colouring book for children to complete in 12 exciting stages.

Observation Deck B opening hours

Season Time
Summer, from 31 March 2019 to 26 October 2019
Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Winter, from 27 October 2019 to 28 March 2020 Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Observation Deck B Admission Prices

Prices CHF
Adults 5.00
Youths aged 10 to 16 2.00
Children aged under 10 free
Block of 10 tickets, adults (valid for one year) 40.00
Block of 10 tickets, young people (valid for one year) 16.00
Annual ticket (transferable), adults 60.00
Annual ticket (transferable), young people 24.00
Passengers with a valid boarding pass on day of departure/arrival free
Please note:

  • The entrance to Observation Deck B is located at Check-in 2.
  • To enter Observation Deck B, you will have to pass through the security check – as you would when boarding a flight. To prevent delays, please prepare for this check as you would for a flight (empty your pockets, remove your belt, etc.) 
  • Observation Deck B may be closed at short notice in the event of weather warnings or for safety reasons. 
  • Dogs are not allowed on Observation Deck B, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind and assistance dogs. 
  • Hand baggage with maximum dimensions of 60 x 40 x 20 cm is permitted on Observation Deck B. 
  • Larger pieces of baggage must be deposited at the Left Luggage counter next to the Service Center near the parking pay station 2. 
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in the security-controlled area of Observation Deck B. 
  • For safety reasons, kickboards, skateboards and inline skates are not permitted on Observation Deck B. You must deposit these pieces of equipment outside before entering.

There is no access to the gates via the observation decks.

Observation Deck E, "Viewpoint A380"

Observation Deck E at Dock E, which is mainly used by long-haul flights, is accessible in Summer via the free shuttle bus from Observation Deck B.

Information on the year-round passenger terrace at Dock E is available here.

Season Time
Summer 31 March 2019 to 26 October 2019
Winter The deck E will be closed during the Winter


Wednesday Departure from 12:15 every 30 minutes
Last departure at 16:15 / last return at 17:00
Saturday, Sundays and public holidays Departure from 11:15 every 30 minutes
Last departure at 16:15 / last return at 17:00
* To access Observation Deck E, the admission fee to the Observation Deck B must be paid.