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You might be lucky with this, but it comes at a risk that Schengen authorities will not be happy about you arriving early even though you pass immigration only the next day.
Your first problem will be to convince the airline to let you board as has been pointed out in comments and by @BurhanKhalid.
If you do succeed, note that immigration in Zurich ...
You can send it "Poste restante" to the Post office in the airport. Just address it to:
Mr or Mrs Firstname Lastname
The Post Office is located in arrivals 3, and is open every day with pretty long hours (7h30-21h00 Monday-to-Friday, 8h00-21h00 Saturdays and Sundays).
Note however that this will probably work only if the parcel ...
I live in Zurich, and the transit area is open 24/7 - also there's a transit hotel (which isn't cheap, but not super-expensive either) where you could sleep.
Note that if arriving in the satellite building (which you will if flying from India or Singapore) you'll have to take the underground train to the main building (follow the signs for the exit), then ...
You should enter the Schengen area and get an entry stamp in Munich. I never had the occasion to connect in Munich but Schengen flights typically depart from another area in the airport and are not subject to any systematic passport checks on arrival, hence the need for a border check in the first airport in the Schengen area. That's also why “transit ...
If you stay within the international transit zone, then you don't need a transit visa:
Airline passengers on authorised regular services in principle do not
require an airport transit visa providing they fulfill the following
a. they are in possession of a valid and
recognized travel document;
b. they do not leave ...
If you don't have access to frequent traveller lounges, and you don't want to sleep in a chair, you can buy a ticket for one of the day rooms offered by the airport, which will cost you CHF84.
sleepinginairports.com also recommends the Starbucks at the airport, if you don't really need a bed.
In the city, which is easily reached by public transport, the ...
The Zurich airport does not close overnight. Even though there are no flights overnight, you can generally stay there and sleep on the chairs. Even though it is not really comfortable it is more or less safe. It could be that you will be woken up by security, but they will only very rarely tell you that you have to move on. If they do so, just go around the ...
When you arrive with SWISS form Berlin, your Airplane will probably be parked at the Gates A, B or D or very rarely at an outside position. For gates A, B & D you will have a roughly 5 - 10 minutes walk to the exit and another 1 - 2 minutes to the train tracks. If you are parked at an outside position you will have a busride of 5 - 10 minutes and another ...
I do this regularly for plane spotting. Border guards at ZRH do not require you to show a boarding pass. I just show my (Swedish) ID card and sometimes they ask where I'm going, in which case I just make up a random city where there's an upcoming flight. Done!
And yes, you can go back with no issues - just follow the signs for the A/B gates.
On a PRG-ZRH-YUL itinerary you clear Schengen exit immigration (which does exist) in Zurich.
As you bought this on one ticket, i.e. you have only one reservation number, this is a "legal" connection. It doesn't guarantee you will make it (although it suggests that the airline believes you will), but it does mean that if you miss the second flight because ...
The trip is now over, and it went really well. We landed with almost 40 min delay (it was even more delayed when we started, the captain was able to make up some time in the air), but I only needed 15 minutes to go from the airplane to the train track. So I was able to comfortably catch the train.
You do not need a visa in this case. In the Schengen area, most people can transit in international airports without a visa if they don't leave the transit area. This only works if you have only one layover in the Schengen area (so a BOS-FRA-ZRH-BOM route would not be OK because both FRA and ZRH are in the Schengen area).
However, even if you only have one ...
I contacted the hotel and this is the reply I got from the hotel management:
Yes you can stay with us overnight, as we’re located in the Non-Schengen zone. All we need for a reservation is all your flight details from your in- and outbound flight.
The rules regarding airport transit in the Schengen area are detailed in Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area? Briefly, Pakistani nationals do generally need an airport transit visa but you can transit without visa in Zurich thanks to your UK student visa.
If you want to leave the airport, you will require a regular type C Schengen ...
Because you are entering the Schengen area in Zurich, you will go through passport control here. But you will not go through customs.
As soon as you pass through passport controls in Zurich, you will be at the Skymetro. Take it over to your departure terminal (e.g. A/B), visit your airline's check in desk if you don't already have your boarding pass for ...
I was at Zurich Airport only last week (for my first visit there). It is not a huge airport. In my opinion, with the rules and assumptions you specify, I think you will make it from plane to train with plenty of time to spare.
The airport's website is quite helpful: https://www.zurich-airport.com/passengers-and-visitors/airport-services-en/site-plans
Long story short, yes, you can get cheaper. The price is compounded by several issues:
you're booking with not that much notice, in summer (peak season)
you're booking close to the Olympics, where 500,000 people are suddenly arriving and departing London, many of whom will also travel around Europe or North America afterwards, depending on where they're ...
Yes, you can, if you are an Egyptian passport holder or a US permanent resident.
As discussed in an answer about transit visas, if you are an Egypt passport holder, as stated in point 3, you do not need an airport transit visa in Switzerland. In fact, as an Egypt passport holder, the only country for which you need an airport transit visa is Czech republic. ...
No, you cannot. As an Indian citizen, you can transit in Zurich without visa under certain conditions but you need a proper Schengen visa to leave the airport. There are no exemptions or visa-on-arrival for short visits or sight-seeing during layovers in the Schengen area. If you want to do that, you need to go through the whole rigmarole (providing various ...
Unless the long layover is due to a flight delay or cancellation, no, you are not entitled to anything more than any other passenger in your fare class. You agreed to it when you booked your flights, and everything else is your responsibility.
In case of those transiting Switzerland without leaving the airport international transfer zone, here are the countries that do require for its citizens to have airport transit visas: https://www.bfm.admin.ch/dam/data/bfm/rechtsgrundlagen/weisungen/visa/vhb/vhb1-anh07a-d.pdf
This list is from Switzerland's FDFA -- the website of the Swiss Federal Office for ...
I visited the concourse E without any trouble. When the agent at passport control asked me where I was going, I simply told him that I'm visiting a specific lounge on the other side, and he let me through.
When I came back I had to go through customs and I had to pass one more time through security.
I also managed to do this on Frankfurt. I used the new, ...
Yes, holders of residence permits from any Schengen member state are allowed to pass through other member states on their way to the member state that issued the residence permit.
This holds even if you have exhausted the 90-of-every-180-days travel in the rest of the Schengen area that the residence permit usually allows you: see paragraph 6.5(a) of the ...
It makes no difference if the first flight is United or Swiss as long as it's a single ticket from ZRH to Kona.
In either case, you need to collect your bags, clear US immigration and customs and recheck your bags.
1.5 hours is tight but doable unless your incoming is delayed or lines are unusually long. Personally I would go with the 2 hour option.
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.
I remember transiting at Zurich Airport a couple of years ago (both flights on one Swiss ticket) and arriving airside, so I guess that means yes for you.
Wikipedia has some more info on the airport infrastructure. It's not super-clear but I read
Arriving Schengen and non-Schengen passengers are handled in separate areas of the Airside Center and reach ...
If your airline boards you (which will be the biggest hurdle), you can then wait till midnight passes (the date switches) before crossing immigration.
I don't think you can use the transit option as you are not actually in transit - that would be a false pretense.
In the end, it will all depend on the airline.
I think you could buy a cheapest throwaway ticket from Zurich to any country outside of Schengen on the same or next day, and claim that you will transfer to this flight via airside.
After landing you will be let into waiting area for transit passengers, and then you can decide that you actually don't want to go there (possible refunding some money, ...