Whether by tram, bike or foot, getting around Zurich is easy thanks to an extremely efficient public transportation system, online timetables and an accessible city plan. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance from the Zurich HB central station, also the departure point for frequent direct 10-minute train rides to the airport. For a scenic option, the Lake Zürich Navigation Company offers various tours and commuter stops around Lake Zurich and along the Limmat River, with cruises ranging from a Gay-Boat to a Cheese Fondue.
For those who are looking at Zurich as a jumping off point for journeys into the Alps, a car rental is useful but not recommended for city use, mostly due to the restrictive parking laws and high fines, but also because a car is not necessary. Car rentals are easily available on Level 1 of the Airport Center at the Zurich Airport.
The city's free bike scheme provides good road bikes in exchange for a valid ID and a refundable deposit of 20 francs. Stations are located in front of the Swiss National Museum and by the Postbrücke, open until 9:30 pm year round. Additional stations open from May to October. All locations and live availabilty on the Zurich bike rental app.
There are tram stops about every 930 feet (300 meters). Single use tickets are valid for an hour, Day Cards correspond to particular zones, and the ZürichCARD includes free access to all public transportation. A night network (Nachtnetze) runs Fridays and Saturdays from 1 am to 9 am and requires a second 5 franc night-surcharge ticket available at the ticketing machines. Note that tickets are regularly controlled, and must be validated at the machines at the station prior to boarding.
There are several taxi companies, including Taxi 444, 7x7 Fahrdienste and iTAXI. Easily spotted around Lake Zurich, Bürkliplatz and the Main Station, cabs may also be ordered by phone and are generally quick to arrive. Rates for most rides equal a tax of approximately 6 francs and additional 3.80 francs per kilometer. Uber also operates in the city.