Zürich Altstetten railway station

Zürich Altstetten
The station at sunset
General information
City of Zürich,
Canton of Zürich
Coordinates47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917
Elevation399 m (1,309 ft)
Owned bySwiss Federal Railways (since 1902); Schweizerische Nordbahn (1847-1853), Schweizerische Nordostbahn (1853-1902)
Operated bySBB CFF FFS
Zürich–Affoltern am Albis–Zug
Train operators
ConnectionsZVV: Bhf. Altstetten
VBZ/AVA trams 4 20
VBZ trolley bus 31 and bus lines 35 78 80 83 89 304 307, and Glattalbus bus line 485
A direct InterRegio (IR) line IR 36 every hour to/from Zürich Flughafen in 0:20h and several other connections with one change
Other information
Fare zoneZVV 110
WebsiteStation map
201846500 per weekday
Preceding station Südostbahn Following station
towards Bern
IR 35 Aare Linth Zürich Hauptbahnhof
towards Chur
Preceding station Swiss Federal Railways Following station
towards Basel SBB
IR 36 Zürich Hauptbahnhof
Preceding station Zürich S-Bahn Following station
towards Zug
S5 Zürich Hardbrücke
towards Aarau
S11 Zürich Hardbrücke
towards Seuzach or Wila
towards Brugg AG
S12 Zürich Hardbrücke
towards Schaffhausen or Wil
Urdorf S14 Zürich Hauptbahnhof
towards Hinwil
towards Koblenz
S19 Zürich Hauptbahnhof
towards Muri AG
S42 Zürich Hauptbahnhof
Zürich Altstetten is located in Switzerland
Zürich Altstetten
Zürich Altstetten
Location in Switzerland

Zürich Altstetten railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten) is a railway station in the Altstetten quarter of the Swiss city of Zürich. The station is located on the Zürich to Olten main line and is the junction for the Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line.

The station is served by lines S5, S11, S12, S14, S19, and S42 of the Zürich S-Bahn. It is also a calling point for the hourly InterRegio services that link Basel to Zurich Airport via Zürich Hauptbahnhof, and Bern to Zürich via Olten.

The station is well connected to the ZVV network, with bus and tram stops on both sides of the station. Since 2022 the station also serves as the eastern terminus of the Limmattal light rail line.


The first station on the site was built by the Swiss Northern Railway in 1847, as part of their pioneering line from Zurich to Baden, and hence was one of the first railway stations in Switzerland. Over time, this line became today's Zürich to Olten main line and the principal rail route between Zürich and northern and western Switzerland. The Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line opened in 1864, making Altstetten into a junction station. In 1907, the Swiss Federal Railways, who had taken over both lines, opened a workshop near the station.


Rail Services

The station has one side platform and two island platforms, served by five tracks, and has station buildings and entrances on both the north and south sides of the station. The platforms and entrances are connected by a pair of pedestrian subways.

The track 1 is built very close to the station building, in pedestrian area, as a light rail track (embedded into pavement). It is not used during normal operations. The numbers of tracks actually in use start from 2. The track 5 has no platform. It is only used for the passing trains that do not stop at this station.


For most of the day, the following regional services of the Zürich S-Bahn are provided:

During weekends, there are also two Nighttime S-Bahn services (SN1, SN5) offered by ZVV.


Additionally there are single InterRegio (IR) trains per hour that call at Altstetten in both directions.

Local tram and bus services

There are two stations with tram and bus services. Bhf. Altstetten Nord is located north to the railway station, while Bahnhof Altstetten is situated south of the station. Route 4 of the Zürich tram system serves the Bhf. Altstetten Nord station, whilst route 31 of the Zürich trolleybus system passes the south side of the station (Bahnhof Altstetten). Zürich bus routes 35, 78, 80, 83, 89 and 485 also serve the south side of the station, whilst routes 304 and 307 both terminate at Bhf. Altstetten Nord.

Since December 2022, the Limmattal light rail line (route 20) terminates at Bahnhof Altstetten station. The light rail line has its own platforms, across the station plaza from platform two of the S-Bahn services. This service, operated by AVA, runs through the Limmat Valley region and connects to the Zürich tram network at Farbhof, just to the west of Altstetten station.

Summary of tram and bus services:

  • Bahnhof Altstetten to the south of the station, via both western and eastern underpass, AVA light rail line 20, VBZ trolley bus line 31 , VBZ bus lines 35, 78, 80, 83, 89, and VBG line 485;
  • Bhf. Altstetten Nord to the north, via the eastern underpass, VBZ tram line 4, VBZ bus lines 304 and 307;


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