Rapperswil & Lake Zurich Ferry Ride

Rapperswil is a cute historic town on the south end of Lake Zurich. To get there, we took the ferry from Zurich, about a 2 hour ride. It was a long journey, but our 3yr old loved the boat and was perfectly entertained for the entire time. Rapperswil has a picturesque castle, small old town center, and a nice lakeside promenade with several restaurants. We had delish pizza at Dieci 10, sitting outside so our son could run around on the promenade while we finished eating. The town is worth a short stroll and don’t forget to walk up to the castle for views over the city and lake.

Also, the Rapperswil Kinderzoo is only a short walk from the lake, a great destination for the little ones.

Location:   Zurich Region
Address: Zurich ferry dock: Bürkliplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Rapperswil parking: 
Fischmarktpl. 1, 8640 Rapperswil-Jona
Ferry Ride: 1hr50 from Zurich to Rapperswil
Train Ride: 40 mins from Zurich to Rapperswil
Open: ferry runs April to October, train runs year round
Price: Adult CHF 26, Child CHF 13, children under 6 free
SBB Halbtax and Junior Card accepted
Services: cafe on boat, cafes, shops and playground in Rapperswil
More Info: Lake Ferry Info – Rapperswil Info

Getting There

We took the ferry there and train home, though you could ride the boat both ways or even drive. If you want to take the ferry, go to Bürkliplatz and get your tickets. A Zurich 9 O’clock day pass covers transport in all Zurich canton for the day, including the ferry ride and train home. This pass is valid Mon-Fri after 9:00 and all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The ferry runs from April to October, with a limited schedule in April, May and October. From June and September, the ferry generally runs once an hour from 9:30 to 17:30. Check the website for current timetable and fares.

Nice views of Zurich and all the lakeside towns on the way down to Rapperswil.


The town of Rapperswill has variety of attractions. I recommend stopping by the Tourist Info office for a free brochure with a map, shown below. The tourist office offers a free app, RappiTrail, that combines a walking tour with a digital scavenger hunt around the city.

Enjoying some gelato by the ferry dock.

There are cafes lining the boardwalk along the lake near the ferry dock.

Lots of interesting buildings throughout the old town.

Walk up the stairs to the castle.

Below the north side of the castle, you’ll find a big playground and field for running around.

A little beach next to the playground, perhaps for wading and swimming during summer.

Nice view of the alps from town.

If you want more of a walk, try the wooden walkway over the lake.

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