Best Places for Covid Testing In Zurich
Please note we try to keep all Information regarding Test Centres is as up to date as possible – but the situation is continually changing. Always call the centre ahead to be sure of the latest information.
More Requirement for Covid Testing in Switzerland
Covid testing is being requested for more and more situations in Switzerland. It’s not just if you want to catch a plane now, but even some hotels are requesting a negative test before you arrive.
Check Which Testing You Require
There are a few different types of testing – so do be sure of the one that you need for your requirements before you book. Some places are happy to accept a Schnelltest (which is also the cheapest) but others require a PCR test which is not only more expensive, but it takes longer to get the results too.
Check How Long Results Take
So do make sure that you have allowed enough time to get the result in time for when you need it. Depending on the test you take, and how busy things are. Times seem to vary from within 15 minutes to up to 72 hours.
So where are the best places to go in Zurich? Take a look here at our suggestions and if we’ve left any out let us know in the Comments Section below.
Prices for Covid Testing Vary A Lot in Zurich
Prices for Covid Testing vary quite a lot depending on the test. The cheapest we have found is around CHF 79 for a Schnelltest (fast test) but they canrise to around CHF 200 (and more at weekends) for the non-invasive saliva test at Zurich Airport.
Often Premium Prices for Weekend Covid Testing
If you need to have your test on a Saturday or Sunday do note than some places are closed at the weekend and others (but not all) charge a premium for weekend testing.
Schnell Tests Now Free Including Certificate
If you’re travelling to a location which only requires an Antigen test lease note that Schnelltests / Antigen test are now FREE and you also get a certificate. The only problem is that for many travel destinations you still require a PCR Test – so do be check the requirements of your location based on your means of transport before you travel.
Testing With and Without Symptoms
In addition, some centres only accept testing of people without symptoms and some are designed for people with symptoms – so do check the information on each website before you book.
Charges For Testing
Please note that the charges for testing are continually changing – so do check the link to each of the websites listed below to be sure of the latest pricing. For example, Zurich Airport was recently been offering special “Spring Offers”.
Cheapest Place For PCR Testing I have Found – Radisson Blue ZH Airport
Saliva PCR Test
I have recently had a PCR test (for Travel reasons) and found that if I booked (and paid) online in advance I could get a PCR test at the Radisson Blu at Zurich Airport for just CHF 119 (as of 11th May 2021). It’s slightly more expensive (CHF 135) if you just turn up at the Radisson Blu – but I booked mine online on my phone en route to the airport – so you don’t need to do it way in advance. You get the results within hours. However, I have now heard that you need to book a time slot. There are various options – but I went for the cheapest where the results are analysed in an EU Lab (it’s more expensive for analysis in a Swiss Lab). In addition to the PCR Saliva test you can also have the Antigen Rapid Test at the Radisson Blu. Find out all the details here.
To get there take the train or park your car on the 8th floor in Car Park 1 at Zurich Airport and follow the signs to the Radisson Blu.
Pharmacies Doing Covid Testing in Zurich
Here is a list of all pharmacies performing Covid Tests in the Canton of Zurich (PCR and Schnell test): – https://www.avkz.ch/coronatestapotheken
University Hospital Zurich
Unispital – https://coronazentrum.uzh.ch/en/
Swiss Medical Center
Swiss Medical Center – https://www.swissmedicalcenter.com/
Kaserneareal Covid Testing Centre in Zurich
Kaserneareal costs CHF 137 and they say you will get the results within 48 hours and we got ours within 24 hours. https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/triemli/de/index/service/medien/auszeichnungen-news/covid-testcenter/corona-testcenter.html
Permanence Zurich HB
Permanence Zurich Main Station- https://www.permanence.ch/en/angebot/allgemein
TopPharm See-Apotheke in Mannedorf
TopPharm See-Apotheke in Mannedorf – https://www.apotheke.ch/see-maennedorf/terminbuchung
Balgrist Drive Through Corona Testing
Balgrist Drive Through Corona Testing – https://www.balgrist.ch/en/corona-testcenter/
Apotheke Stadelhofen – https://www.apothekestadelhofen.ch
One Doc – covers 3 locations Kaserneareal, Triemli and Waid
Covid Test Centre Klinik Hirslanden
Covid Test Centre Klinik Hirslanden – https://www.hirslanden.ch/en/klinik-permanence/centers/corona-testcenter.html
Dübendorf Drive in Test in Dübendorf
Dübendorf Drive in Test in Dübendorf – https://www.balgrist.ch/en/corona-testcenter/
Unilabs in Dubendorf
Unilabs in Dubendorf – https://unilabs.ch/de/patienten/online-terminvereinbarung
Morgental pharmacy – https://www.apotheke.ch/morgental
Zurich Airport Medical Center
Zurich Airport Medical Center -. https://www.airportmedicalcenter.ch/corona1.html
In conclusion Make Sure You Know:
- Which type to test you require – Schnelltest, PCR – or maybe you want a Saliva test
- What the lead time is for results
- Check how much it costs / or if it’s free before booking (as prices vary quite a lot and sometimes are not transparent on the website!)
- Choose a test centre which is suitable for you and check whether they accept symptomatic, non-symptomatic or both
- Always wear a mask when you arrive at the test centre
Free Covid Tests From Pharmacy
Don’t forget if you have not been fully vaccinated and just want to have a test for social reasons before attending an event or visiting family or friends you are entitled to a pack of 5 FREE tests per month. However, once you have had both vaccines you are no longer eligible for free tests and you have to pay CHF 50 for them.
All you need to do is take your health insurance card to the pharmacy. See details here.
Good luck and stay healthy and safe!
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