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Sightseeing on a Budget in Zurich

Sightseeing on a Budget in Zurich

As one of the most expensive cities in the world, sightseeing in Zurich can be tricky when you’re on a budget—but not impossible. From hidden freebies to multiattraction passes, here are our top tips for saving on sightseeing in Switzerland’s largest city.

Book a Travel Pass

Packages such as the Swiss Travel Pass provide not only discounted access to mountain excursions and entry to numerous museums, but also unlimited use of buses, boats, and trains over a time period of your choice, making them a great money-saving option. Zurich attractions covered by the Swiss Pass include the National Museum Zurich (Landesmuseum Zürich), FIFA World Football Museum, and Lake Zurich boat trips.

Opt for a Combo Deal

Combo packages typically include a city tour along with one or two additional experiences, such as museum entry or a Lake Zurich cruise, usually at a discount. Time is money, and these tours help you capitalize on both with an inclusive, preplanned itinerary. Some options also include 24-hour access to the city’s buses and trams, helping you save on a full day’s transport costs.

Choose a Super Saver

Super Saver tours let you check off two best-selling experiences at a discounted price. In Zurich, these typically include both a city tour and trip to a natural landmark such as the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, allowing you to broaden your perspective of Switzerland’s urban and rural landscapes without breaking the bank.

Book a Tour That Includes Dinner or Samples

The cost of dining in Zurich can put a big dent in your budget. To save money on meals, combine city sightseeing with sampling Swiss specialities such as cheese or chocolate on a food-focused tour, or opt for a package that includes a full sit-down meal. 

Find Free Experiences

From climbing historic Lindenhof hill to finding James Joyce’s grave in Fluntern Cemetery or borrowing a free bicycle from Züri rollt on Europaplatz, there are several ways to sightsee in this expensive city without spending a penny. The university’s Archaeological Collection, the Zurich Football Club Museum, and the National Museum’sSimply Zurich exhibition are always free to enter, while the Kunsthaus and Migros Museum offer free entry on specific days of the week.

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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

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Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

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Tick off three top experiences at a reduced price with a 3-in-1 Zurich package. Discover the city’s major landmarks on a walking tour, then relax your feet on a lake cruise, before riding a cable car to Felsenegg’s summit for views that reach as far as the Alps. Along the way, benefit from your small-group guide’s personalized insights.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.69
Price varies by group size
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WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

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Gain a new perspective on Zürich on a small-group excursion that includes a ferry ride across Lake Zürich, a cable car journey during the summer, and a tour of the Old Town. Visit landmarks including Lindenhof and Grossmünster, gaining insight into the city’s history and culture from your local guide.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.69
Price varies by group size
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Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

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Sample Swiss delicacies on a half-day, culinary small-group tour from Zurich. With your guide travel in a comfortable minibus to Lindt Home of Chocolate. Marvel at the world’s highest free-standing chocolate fountain and browse the world’s largest Lindt Chocolate Shop. Then ascend to a mountain viewpoint for sweeping vistas; stroll through a dense forest on a nature trail; and top off the trip with a 3-course cheese fondue dinner plus appetizer, and a glass of mulled wine (winter) or white wine (summer) in a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.68
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Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich

Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich

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Save time and money with this tour package that combines two tours, so you can visit Zurich’s popular highlights, as well as the town of Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls. Take the Dolderbahn rack railway up Zurichberg, explore Old Town (Altstadt) Zurich, travel to Laufen Castle to catch sight of Rhine Falls, and go on a walking tour of Stein am Rhein—all in one day.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.51
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Zurich Tuk Tuk Tour with Hot Stone BBQ Feast and Wine

Zurich Tuk Tuk Tour with Hot Stone BBQ Feast and Wine

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Zip between the sights on an eTuk Tuk then tuck into a delicious barbecue on this unique 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of Zurich. Hop aboard a private electric-powered tuk tuk and drive past Zurich landmarks like the Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, wind through the atmospheric Niederdorf district and admire the glamorous window displays along Bahnhofstrasse. As you glide around the city, share a tasty BBQ lunch or dinner, accompanied by a bottle of red wine. Each tuk tuk sits up to four people, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.30
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Swiss Travel Pass 8 Days

Swiss Travel Pass 8 Days

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Explore Switzerland by rail, road, and boat with the Swiss Travel Pass. Purchasing individual fares in Switzerland can get expensive, but with the Swiss Travel Pass nearly all your transport needs will be covered saving you money and time at the ticket counter.  The Swiss Travel Pass covers all standard trains, buses, boats, and many high-mountain lifts as well as providing free entrance to over 500 museums, all with a one single, convenient ticket.
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  • 8 days
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$560.83
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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

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See the best of Switzerland's business and cultural hub on a half-day tour of Zurich. Follow your guide to the city's top attractions, including the shopping haven of Bahnhofstrasse, the Opera House, National Museum, and charming Old Town. Ride uphill by cogwheel train for panoramic views over the city and then take a 30-minute cruise on Lake Zurich. Top off the trip with a stop at the newly opened Lindt Home of Chocolate, where you can marvel at the world's highest free standing chocolate fountain. After an audio-guided tour through the museum, taste as much chocolate as your heart desires before returning by coach to Sihlquai Coach Parking.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.67
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