In December, children can ride around Zürich with Samichlaus on the Märlitram, a delightful holiday tradition. Two angels and Samichlaus welcome your children on to the festively decorated tram and tell them stories during the 20 min ride around Zürich. Children aged 4 to 10 years old are welcome, but no parents. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get tickets and enjoy the event.
The tram leaves from a special tram stop at Bellevue, near this red booth. Arrive a few minutes before your tram is scheduled to leave and crowd around with the other kids.
Kids line up to give their ticket to Samichlaus and hop on the tram. It goes fast, so if you want a pic, push to the front of all the other parents clicking away.
The ride lasts 25 minutes, which is faster than you think. You have enough time to wander around the Christmas market across the street, but probably not enough time to go get a coffee. When the kids come back, the angels dust their noses with glitter and help them out of the tram. The end.
Getting there and parking
The tram ride starts and end at Zurich Bellevue, from a special tram stop at the south side of the Bellevue area. If you live in or near Zurich, it’s easiest to ride a tram to Bellevue or take the train to Stadelhofen and walk over. From Zürich HB, you can take trams 4, 11, or 17.
By car: It’s easiest to park in the Parkhaus Opera (Schillerstrasse 5, 8001 Zürich), which is adjacent to Bellevue. If that’s full, try the Parkhaus Hohe Promenade (Rämistrasse 22A, 8001 Zürich), which is two blocks from Bellevue. Both are very expensive, about CHF 4.50/hr depending on how long you stay.
In 2017, the tram is running from 24. November through 24.December. The tram runs every day Mon-Fri from 13:25 to 18:50, Sat-Sun 12:10 to 18:50. The tram ride lasts 25 minutes. Be on time, it leaves punctually, every 25 minutes.
Tickets are 8CHF and can be purchased at Jelmoli on the 4th floor or at the Märlitram booth at Bellevue. You can only buy tickets up to one week in advance. There are about 25 tickets available for each tram and they sell out fast. So go to Jemoli at 9:00 a week before the day you want to go to make sure you get the tickets you want. I usually buy tickets for a bunch of friends so we don’t have to all go early to Jemoli.
The Jemoli ticket office is closed on Sundays, so for Sunday tickets, you can buy your tickets on the preceeding Saturday.
You will also receive a coloring page for child, which they can complete and return to enter a contest. One of our friends actually won the contest a few years ago.
The ride is short, so we usually make the event into a longer evening by getting hot chocolate beforehand and pizza afterwards. Here are some nearby options:
- Cafe Felix across the street from Bellevue (Schillerstrasse 5, 8001 Zürich)
- Starbucks two blocks north of Bellevue (Limmatquai 4, 8001 Zürich)
- Santa Lucia one block south of Bellevue (Theaterstrasse 10, 8001 Zürich)
- Vapianos one block north of Bellevue (Rämistrasse 8, 8001 Zürich)