Book flights from Zürich to Colombo with Qatar Airways
Arriving in Colombo
Book a flight to Colombo with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a cultural melting-pot that is vibrant, and full of character and interesting sights. Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest city, and manages to retain its traditional cultural identity whilst still being one of the Asia-Pacific region’s fastest-growing economies.
From temples to museums, a selection of galleries that showcase local artists and wonderfully vibrant markets, Colombo is a feast for the senses. A flight to Colombo with Qatar Airways introduces you to this remarkable location.
Filled with museums, cultural icons, distinctive architecture and beautiful open spaces, Colombo is a live representation of Sri Lanka’s rich history and culture that stems from multiple influxes of different ethnic groups and colonial influences.
You can discover more about the various cultures that have influenced the country at the National Museum of Colombo and the Dutch Period Museum.
Other must-see attractions in the city include the Buddhist temples of Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, Gangaramaya and Seema Malaka -- the latter of which is famed for its incredibly tranquil lakeside location.
Traditional Sri Lankan entertainment incorporates intricate shadow puppetry, and one of the more eccentric attractions is the Traditional Puppet Art Museum, where you’ll see delicately crafted puppets and dioramas made by local artists.
Flights to Colombo with Qatar Airways land at Bandaranaike International Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure.
Before you fly to Colombo please check the visa and passport requirements.
Air travel becomes a real delight on flights from Zurich to Colombo with Qatar Airways. Our fleet of modern aircraft has been designed with passenger comfort firmly in mind, and we also offer you a fabulous selection of award-winning services. So not only will you have a generous amount of leg space and comfortable, roomy seats, but delicious cuisine served throughout the flight and a large selection of in-flight entertainment options.
Colombo is reinventing itself in its former role as the Garden of the East, a lovely city of parks and fountains, interspersed with renovated old colonial mansions and wide, stately boulevards. The Pettah district of the city is its dynamic commercial hub, where you’ll be able to enjoy some fine restaurants and boutique shopping. Lining the seafront are sparkling new hotel complexes, and in the old quarter you can experience the delights of traditional street food and enjoy sitting in quaint old outdoor cafés.
Flying from Zurich
Switzerland is known for its clean cities, stunning Alpine scenery and friendly, welcoming people. Its international airport is no different, providing passengers flying from Zurich with Qatar Airways an excellent starting point for their travels.
The airport is just eight miles from the centre of Zurich, making it easily accessible from the city as well as other locations throughout the country.
The staff are welcoming and incredibly efficient, focused on providing a memorable passenger experience for travellers. The facilities are excellent, making Zurich one of the best airports in Europe to fly from.
Transportation and parking
Transport from central Zurich is quick and easy, with a Swiss Federal Railways station located right in the centre of the airport under the Gates B area. Journey time from the centre of the city is just 10 minutes. The bus terminal is located next to the P2 car park, with buses from the city and surrounding villages running regularly to the airport.
Taxis take just 20 minutes from the centre of the city, while a coach service connects the airport to major ski resorts and locations further afield. Three multistorey car parks (P1, P2 and P3) are directly connected to the terminal, while additional short-term parking (P5) is also available a little further away.
Car park P60 is an open-air, long-stay facility, located some distance away and linked to the terminals by a shuttle bus service. Valet parking is available.
Arriving in Zurich
Passengers flying from Zurich with Qatar Airways depart from Terminal E, which is purely for non-Schengen international flights. It is connected to the Airside Center by the Skymetro, an automated underground people mover.
As with all European airports, security is very strict, although the efficiency of the staff ensure that delays are kept to an absolute minimum. Allow between one and two hours before your flight is due to depart to check in and clear customs and security checks.
Facilities and amenities
A number of lounges are available for first and business-class passengers, as well as customers of particular airlines or for those with lounge-access cards. There are no business facilities at the airport, but limited amenities (including fax and photocopying) are available in the service centre on the first floor of the P2 car park.
Internet access is free for the first 60 minutes, and Wi-Fi hotspots are located throughout the terminal. The food court provides an excellent selection of snacks, pastries and coffee as well as a Swiss chalet-style restaurant, Italian and Indian restaurants and fast food outlets.
The Airport Shopping Centre is very well stocked, with outlets selling high-end luxury goods, particularly some very fine watches, as well as accessories, travel goods and Duty Free.