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View of Zurich from the IfA offices

Information for Visitors

IfA address: Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich
Physikstrasse 3
8092 Zurich
SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 44 632 22 71
Fax: +41 44 632 12 11
Email: ifa@control.ee.ethz.ch
View of the ETL building
IfA occupies the upper two floors of the ETL building. The administrative office is room I 23.

How to get to the Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA)

These directions are downloadable as a single page PDF.

From the Zürich airport:

  • By Taxi

    Taxi is the fastest and easiest way of reaching IfA. Ask the driver to take you to Physikstrasse, which is located at the far end of Bolleystrasse. The fare is approximately 50 CHF and most taxis accept credit cards.
  • By Train

    Trains run regularly to the main station (Hauptbahnhof) and the journey is 11 minutes. Tickets must be bought before boarding the train. There is a train/tram ticket office on the lower floor of the Airport Center. There are also ticket machines close to the elevators down to the platforms. A button on the lower right of the touchscreen will set the language to English. The fare is approximately 6.60 CHF and remains valid if you then switch to a tram to complete your journey. The SBB rail timetable gives the exact departure times.
  • By Tram

    The #10 tram line runs from the airport to Zürich city and goes directly past ETH. There are ticket machines outside the upper exit of the Airport Center, close to where the tram departs. The ticket is the same as for the train and the journey to the ETH stop takes 28 minutes. The ETH stop on line the "walking route" illustrated on the map below. The route will cross Tannenstrasse and Rämistrasse and then head up the hill along Schmelzbergstrasse. Take the stairs at the end of Schmelzbergstrasse to get to Physikstrasse and the ETL building.

Map of the routes to the ETL building

From the main Zürich train station (Hauptbahnhof)

  • By Tram

    The fare for a single journey (valid on any combination of train, tram and river boat) in the Zürich city zone (zone 110) is 4.40 CHF. There are ticket machines at the tram stops. A button on the lower right of the touchscreen will switch the language to English.


    Two tram lines run from the Zürich main train station to the ETH central campus.
    • Tram #6: Recommended for going direclty to IfA.
      Catch this from the stop in Bahnhofstrasse (the street going south from the train station). Take the tram #6 in the direction of the zoo and get off at Voltastrasse (5 stops). Walk just downhill from the stop and take the vehicle access road going behind the main electrical engineering building (ETZ). The route goes under part of the building and up a flight of stairs to Physikstrasse and the ETL building.
    • Tram #10: Recommended for going to the ETH main building.
      Catch this tram from Bahnhofplatz immediately to the south of the train station. Take the #10 tram in the direction of Oerlikon or the Airport and get off at the ETH stop (3 stops). The ETH main building is slightly south of the tram stop. From there you can also walk to IfA via Schmelzbergstrasse and the stairs at the far end.

Hotels within walking distance of IfA

The following hotels are within 10 minutes walk from IfA.
Hotel Sunnehus Sonneggstrasse 17
Hotel Rex Weinbergstrasse 92
Hotel Plattenhof Plattenstrasse 26

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