I am traveling through Zurich and have a phone without any roaming there; I'm planning on picking up a SIM once I get to my final destination. Last time I was there, I couldn't access the airport wifi because it required a code sent via SMS.

In the event I need to contact someone or coordinate about flight delays, is there some alternate way to get wifi access?

  • Is your current SIM or your final destination SIM compatible with the network in Zurich? What would the cost be to receive a single SMS on international roaming?
    – Freiheit
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 19:08
  • Current SIM is an MVNO and it's my understanding that texts simply do not work internationally — there's not even an option to pay piecemeal. Presumably, I could have ordered the destination SIM in advance and had it shipped to me... but let's assume I didn't.
    – mattdm
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 7:30

3 Answers 3


This link to Zürich Airport handles your problem.

How to log on

  • Select the ZurichAirport WLAN network
  • Launch the browser (e.g.: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, …) on the device
  • A connection to the login page is created automatically
  • Select „Register“
  • After registering, a code will be sent via text message
  • Enter the code in the registration interface and click „Login“ (the code will be saved for twelve months)

No mobile phone or problems with text message reception?

For an access code you can use boarding pass scanners at the following locations:

  • Service Center (Airport Center, Level 1)
  • Information (Airside Center, Level 1)
  • Airside Center, Level 1 beim Transit Hotel
  • Switzerlandinfo, Arrival 2
  • Gates E, Level 2 next to Starbucks
  • Gates E, Level 2 next to Alpenblick Bar
  • Gates A, opposite to Starbucks (A63)

Zurich airport offers also mobile wifi hotspots with unlimited high speed data. I think they just started with that rental service. It's not a free service though. But sounds quite convenient. https://www.zurich-airport.com/passengers-and-visitors/airport-services-en/information-desks


I'm sitting in Zurich now. They have a keosk you can scan your ticket and it will print a code. Good for 2 hours free. I've been down loading Netflix for the flight. Very fast.

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