Narita (Tokyo) airport vs. Zurich airport

Near Norita Airport (Tokyo)

Near Narita Airport (Tokyo)

As I said yesterday… when traveling on a budget, it makes sense to use free shuttle services provided by the hotel you are staying. But there are shuttle services and then there are Shuttle Services. In Tokyo you will find the latter. In Zurich we experienced the former. Among a few other things, we noticed that a few smaller hotels near Zurich airport cut back shuttle services for the weekend (!?!). Besides, overall, the frequency of runs is not that often compered to Tokyo where shuttle services have a feel of departing subway cars: often and on time.

Near Zurich Airport

Near Zurich Airport

Final note of comparison: airport in Zurich leaves very much to be desired. Granted, there is a bit of construction (maybe on a different day it would have been better), but compared to Narita or Incheon (Tokyo or Seoul), it is really not well planned out, not equipped to handle crowds, no designated smoking areas (so entrances are involuntarily turned into free smoking zones!), not enough information booths… Had I not known anything about my current location and judging by the airport only – I would have never guessed that this is Switzerland…

 

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