Sion Airport is in the Rhone valley, at the heart of Valais in the south west of Switzerland. Accommodation options nearby include a range of hotels in the town of Sion itself, plus a vast choice of places to stay in the stylish resorts around Valais, including traditional, luxury and family-friendly hotels.
First opened in 1935, Sion is an international airport with seasonal direct and charter flights, plus provision for private flights, helicopters and leisure flights over this spectacular region. The most regular flights are operated by Air-Glaciers serving Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera and Elba, Calvi and Figari in the Mediterranean. Due to its important location in the central Alps, Sion is also used as a jet fighter base by the Swiss Air Force – the only airport in Switzerland where civilian and military flights operate side by side.
By global standards, the number of passengers passing through Sion Airport tiny, thousands compared to the over 14 million at nearby Geneva Airport, and you’ll see that Sion is a small and select airport providing air connections to this special part of Switzerland.
At the airport, you’ll find a restaurant, bar and open-air terrace where you can watch the planes coming and going, with views of the impressive Valais Alps as a backdrop. There’s also a kiosk, so you can pick up newspapers, snacks and souvenirs. If you’re visiting Valais on business, it’s handy to know that there are meeting and function rooms available as well.
You’ll find Sion Airport a mile and a half from the centre of Sion – or Sitten as this bilingual town is called in German. Sion is the economic and transport hub of the region and the capital of the canton of Valais, with a rich history stretching back over 7,000 years. Sion Airport is the closest airport to the fashionable resorts of Verbier, Zermatt, Crans-Montana and Saas Fee, all offering top-class skiing and snowboarding throughout a long season and in some areas, 365 days a year.
The largest bus station in Switzerland is just over a mile from the airport. There you can connect to over 25 destinations around Valais and major towns and cities further afield. Trains from Sion station connect with the express route between Lausanne and Brig.
If you need to find a hotel close to Sion Airport, you can choose from a range in the town of Sion so that you can be right on hand to catch your flight. If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, take the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet meal out, sample some of the famous wine from the surrounding vineyards and explore the narrow historical lanes around the old town. Several of Valais’s top ski resorts are around 30 minutes away from Sion Airport, so if you’re here for the skiing and snowboarding, it’s easy to make the most of staying close to the slopes and still make a quick connection to the airport.