Zurich Airport Sleep Pods/Capsules

We were among the first online publications to report that Zurich Airport had installed sleep pods or developed sleep capsules similar in use with sleeping pods but are more spacious and with more amenities.

By optimizing the limited airport space, similar to other compact airport sleep technologies, this Zurich Airport sleep space offers affordability that surpasses traditional hotel accommodations, with prices under $100. As of January 2024, the site advertises rates ranging from $74 to $78 per bed per night.

The Capsule Hotel at Zurich Airport, inaugurated in February 2022, boasts the largest deployment of airport sleep technology on a large scale, featuring a reported 144 beds. No other airport we have written about here at Airportllc has this much number of sleeping beds located right within the airport terminals.

Can you sleep at Zurich Airport?

Zurich Airport terminals offer numerous armrest-free chairs, particularly in the airside area. Additionally, within Transit Area D, there is a dedicated rest zone available for a fee. For CHF 25, you can enjoy 3-hour access to 12 reclining chairs and cozy wool blankets, conveniently located near the Transit Hotel.

If you want a more comfortable paid option, you can also opt for sleeping capsule.

Does Zurich Airport have sleeping pods?

In early 2022, as the COVID-19 Pandemic was winding down, the Lucerne-based unveiled Europe’s largest capsule hotel at Zurich Airport. This remarkable establishment boasts 144 sleeping pods, offering unparalleled comfort and convenience for travelers.

The hotel operator specializes in capsule hotels and the Alpine Garden operating the sleeping capsules in Zurich is its third capsule hotel.

Zurich Airport Amenities:

Below are the amenities found on its website;

  • Privacy on 2 m2
  • Lockable and secure
  • Swiss quality mattress 90cm x 210cm
  • Powerful ventilation with automated air exchange
  • Dimmable light, mirror and storage area
  • Developed and produced in Switzerland
  • Lower Capsule: Comfortable access at ground level
  • Upper Capsule: Access via ladder to upper level

Location of Zurich Airport Sleep Pods:

The pods are conveniently situated in Check-in 1, just a five-minute walk from the train station. They are located in the landside public area, and are available for day use (8:00AM – 7:00PM) as well as overnight stays.

Below is an image of Gosleep pods;

Image of Gosleep Pods
Image of Gosleep Pods

Notice how they have a reclining chair/bed which can be transformed into a bed. They also have a privacy curtain, reading light, and power outlet.

Check out the image of the sleep capsule below with a gentleman comfortably working on his computer and sitting on a comfy bed;

Image of Swiss Capsule Sleep Pods
Image of Swiss Capsule Sleep Pods

Image credit: Swiss Capsule website

Unlike the Gosleep pods, the Swiss Capsules are not designed to appear as cocoons. They are rectangular-shaped mini-cabins similar to Minute Suites in Atlanta with the additional advantage of enough space to store your luggage as you sleep.

Does Zurich Airport have sleep pods?

Yes, Zurich Airport has sleep pods and they installed them earlier this year in February 2022. According to a press release from Feb 2022, the so-called Capsule hotel formally opened its doors to the public on February 12, 2022, and is operated by a new hotel called Alpine Garden. This was welcomed news to many travelers who were looking for a place to sleep at the airport.

How many sleep pods at Zurich Airport?

Swiss firm capsule hotel has opened Europe’s largest capsule hotel with 144 sleeping pods at Zurich Airport, according to a press release. The interior design was entrusted to Swiss nature photographer Fabio Zingg. In addition to the capsules, the hotel also offers co-working spaces and a small wellness area.

Snapshot of a press release announcing the introduction of sleep pods at Zurich Airport
Snapshot of a press release announcing the introduction of sleep pods at Zurich Airport

The Zurich Airport hotel sleep pods which are direct across from Check-in 1, have 144 sleeping pods in an area that spans approximately 1,100 square meters. This beats the size of pods at Schipol, Heathrow, or in any other European City.

Capsule Hotel Zurich in Switzerland

Nestled in Kloten, 4 miles away from Zurich Exhibition Hall, Capsule Hotel – Alpine Garden Zurich Airport offers rooms with air-conditioning and a bar. This property provides guests with numerous services and amenities, such as a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space, free WiFi access throughout the hotel, and a snack bar.

From Booking.com’s website, it appears that the Capsule Hotel lists Upper level and lower levels of their bunked beds. The lower-level beds are more expensive going for over $100 while upper-level beds cost around $90.

Snapshot from Booking.com showing cost of Zurich Airport sleep capsules
Snapshot from Booking.com showing cost of Zurich Airport sleep capsules

Swiss Capsule – lower level

Image of Swiss Capsule Lower level
Image of Swiss Capsule Lower level
  • Capsule lower level
  • Ventilation
  • Side access
  • Mirror
  • Mood lighting
  • Power plug
  • USB-C
  • Lockable
  • Comfortable single bed with bedding
  • Towel

Swiss Capsule Upper-level Amenities:

Image of Swiss Capsule Upper level
Image of Swiss Capsule Upper level
  • Capsule upper level
  • Ventilation
  • Side access
  • Mirror
  • Mood lighting
  • Power plug
  • USB-C
  • Lockable
  • Comfortable single bed with bedding
  • Towel

Check out this detailed FAQ page on Swiss Capsule’s website;

You can book Swiss Capsule’s room on their website here;

You’ll be taken through a registration page shown in the screenshot below;

Snapshot showing how to book Zurich Airport sleep capsule hotel rooms/pods/capsules
Snapshot showing how to book Zurich Airport sleep capsule hotel rooms/pods/capsules. Image credit: Capsule Hotel

FAQs

Are sleep capsules same as sleep pods?

Yes, sleep capsules is just a different name given to sleep pods designed by Swiss Capsule and sleep pods as a name was originally used to refer to earlier models of Gosleep and RestWorks sleeping pods. They mean the same thing, though varying in their make and design.

Where can I sleep at Zurich Airport?

For those of you with airline lounge access, there are a few lounges at Zurich Airport that would be ideal for a quick nap. The Swiss International Air Lines First and Business Class Lounge as well as the Lufthansa Senator and First Class Lounge both have shower facilities which you could use to freshen up after your rest. Lounges are great if you have the proper access, but they’re not ideal for everyone. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, there is now a capsule hotel at Zurich Airport.

What are some Zurich airport lounges;

You can check Zurich pod’s prices today on Tripadvisor here.

How much does a capsule hotel cost?

As per their booking website info in October 2022, the cost of a lower-level capsule is 63.70 CHF per night and the cost of an upper-level sleep pod is 70.90 CHF per night. In USD, this translates to $69 and $77 per night respectively.

What are the hours of Zurich Capsule Hotel?

The capsule hotel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do I get to Zurich Capsule Hotel?

The capsule hotel is located at Kloten, 4 miles away from Zurich Exhibition Hall. You can take the S-Bahn train from Zurich city center to Zurich Airport. The journey takes around 10 minutes and trains depart every 15 minutes.

What are the check-in and check-out times at Zurich Capsule Hotel?

Check-in at the capsule hotel is from 2:00 PM onwards and check-out is until 10.30 am the next day.

Is breakfast included in the price of Zurich Capsule Hotel?

No, breakfast is not included in the price but there are vending machines available at the capsule hotel that sell snacks and drinks. There’s also a 24-hour airport restaurant located nearby.

Can I cancel my booking at Zurich Capsule Hotel?

Yes, you can cancel your booking but please note that cancellations made within 24 hours of the check-in date will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Is there Wi-Fi at Zurich Capsule Hotel?

Yes, there is free Wi-Fi available at the capsule hotel.

What are the other amenities at Zurich Capsule Hotel?

Other amenities available at Zurich Capsule Hotel include:

– Showers

– Lockers

– Towels

– Earplugs

– Eye mask

– Toothbrush & toothpaste

– razor

– Shaving cream

– Deodorant

– Hairdryer

– Laptop table

– Power outlet

– Reading light