Getting to Arosa
Arosa Lenzerheide is located about 160km south east of Zurich and easy to get to by rail or car from Zurich International Airport. The final ascent by road from Chur to Arosa involves 365 bends, so a private transfer or train transfer is recommended.
Nearest airports to Arosa Lenzerheide
Zürich International airport is the closest airport. Approximate distances and drive times to Arosa are:
Zurich International Airport – 154km / 2 hours 20 minutes
Friedrichshafen Airport – 155km / 2 hours 20 minutes
Memmingen Airport – 195km / 2 hours 30 minutes
Basel Euroairport – 235km / 3 hours
Innsbruck Airport – 250km / 3 hours 10 minutes
Getting to Arosa and Lenzerheide from the Airport by private transfer
Transfers by road using a specialist transfer provider tend to quicker than by train.
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Getting to Arosa by train / rail transfers from Zurich Airport
Although the journey from Zurich to Arosa is quicker by road, the train journey is a pleasant alternative.
Take one of the regular fast trains from Zürich International Airport to Zürich City Hauptbahnhof from where trains depart hourly to Chur. At Chur change to the Rhätische Bahn single gauge light railway which winds its way up to Arosa at the upper end of the Schanfigg Valley.
From the airport to the main railway station in Zürich takes under 15 minutes and Zürich to Chur takes one and a half hours or less then its one hour by train from Chur to Arosa. Changing trains easily at Zurich Hbf and Chur, in each case you have 10-15 minutes to catch the connecting train and the total journey time from Zürich to Arosa takes about 3 hours.
The last train arrives in Arosa just before midnight and leaves Chur one hour earlier. To make this connection you need to get to Zürich Hbf by about 9pm to catch the train in time for the last train from Chur to Arosa.
Zürich Airport – Zurich Hbf – Chur – Arosa – 3 hours
Friedrichshafen – Lindau Hbf – St Margarethen – Chur – Arosa – 4 hours
Basel Euroairport – Basel Hbf – Chur – Arosa – 4½ hours
For detailed train timetables and rail itineraries between airport cities and Arosa go to Swiss Rail (SBB) or to Rhaetian Railway (Rhb) for information about the mountain railway between Chur and Arosa
Airport Car Rental / Driving to Arosa and Lenzerheide
If your not put off by the 365 bends between Chur and Arosa, hiring a car at the airport and driving to the resort takes less than two and half hours (in good conditions).
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From Zürich to Arosa by car, take the A-11 autobahn from Zürich International Airport to Zürich city, drive through the city centre then follow the A-3/13 autobahn to Chur then the winding mountain road (365 bends) from Chur to Arosa. It takes about 2-2½ hours to complete the 100 mile (160kms) car journey from Zürich to Arosa and snow chains are important mid-Winter, not only for the journey up from Chur but also when driving in Arosa, which is hilly. No parking restrictions apply to the whole of Arosa except for specifically allocated parking zones which are marked “P”, but there is a free bus service so a car is not needed day to day. Route planner
Travelling around Arosa Lenzerheide on the free ski bus
There are three free bus routes running at regular intervals throughout the day:
Hőrnliexpress-Weisshornbahn (red route) at 10-minute intervals
Hőrnliexpress-Prätschli (yellow route) at 20-minute intervals
Hőrnliexpress-Untersee (blue route) also every 20-minutes
If staying in Arosa but planning to ski mainly on Hőrnli, which often holds the best snow, it’s a good idea to avoid the cable car up Tschuggen and take the red route bus which runs between Arosa’s main cable car station and the Hőrnliexpress gondola.
From around 8pm until 2am a paid-for Night Express Bus service operates in both directions between Prätschli and Kulm and allows you to get on or off at any point in the village.