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Zürich Altstetten railway station

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Zürich Altstetten
The station at sunset
City of Zürich,
Canton of Zürich
Coordinates47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917Coordinates: 47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917
Elevation399 m (1,309 ft)
Owned bySBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated bySBB CFF FFS
Zürich–Affoltern am Albis–Zug
Train operatorsSBB, ZVV
ConnectionsZürich trams (No. 4)
Zürich trolleybuses (No. 31)
Zürich buses (No. 78, 80, 89, 95, 304, 307 & 308)
Other information
Fare zoneZVV 110
WebsiteStation map
Preceding station Swiss Federal Railways Following station
towards Bern
IR 17
Zürich Hauptbahnhof
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
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.[1][2]

The station is served by lines S5, S11, S12, S14, S19, and S42 of the Zürich S-Bahn.[3] 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.[4]


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.[5]


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.[6]

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:

Additionally there are single InterRegio trains per hour that call at Altstetten in both directions.[4][7]

Route 4 of the Zürich tram system serves a terminus on the northern side of the station, whilst route 31 of the Zürich trolleybus system passes the south side of the station. Zürich bus routes 78, 80, 89 and 95 also serve the south side of the station, whilst routes 304, 307 and 308 terminate at the north side.[8][9]

Future development

Future plans involve the construction of the Limmattal light rail line that will link Altstetten station with communities further west in the valley of the Limmat. It is planned that the line will be partially opened by 2020 and will connect to the city tram system at Farbhof, just to the west of Altstetten station, with an extension of existing city tram service over the light rail line as far as Schlieren.[10][11][12]


  • The station from above, looking to the south and west
    The station from above, looking to the south and west
  • The south-side station building from the street
    The south-side station building from the street
  • The north-side station entrance
    The north-side station entrance


  1. ^ map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  3. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  4. ^ a b "Departure Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. 2018. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  5. ^ "Altstetten". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in French). 2002-06-14. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  6. ^ "Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  7. ^ "Koblenz–Dietikon–Zürich HB–Effretikon–Pfäffikon ZH" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  8. ^ "Zurich City Map" (PDF). ZVV. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  9. ^ "Zürich West Tram". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  10. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (March 2010). "Limmattalbahn". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  11. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (October 2011). "Limmatalbahn to connect to Zürich tram". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  12. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (June 2013). "Limmattalbahn into central Zürich?". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
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