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    Driving in Switzerland: Car Rental Tips and Information


    Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions | Switzerland Map

    Driving Overview


    Switzerland Car Rental Information - Driving in SwitzerlandGeneral Information
    The roads of Switzerland offer spectacular views of the Alps, one of the world?s most spectacular mountain ranges. The alpine passes are easy to drive but extra caution is advised on narrow and winding roads. You can also tour through the medieval villages, beautiful flower gardens and visit one of the many Swiss vineyards. Beware that during the summer and winter tourist season, traffic tends to be heaviest.


    To rent a car in Switzerland, you must be at least 20 years old (age requirements to rent a car may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers planning to rent a car under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory and child seats are mandatory for children up to age 7.


    Speed Limits
    Speed limits in Switzerland are as follows: City 31mph/49kph Open Roads 50mph/80kph Highways 75mph/120kph


    Rules of the Road
    Traffic travels on the right and passing is forbidden on roads with double white lines. Trams always have the right of way. Moving trams should be passed on the right but passed on the left at all other times.


    Most gas stations are open from 8am to 10pm. Some self-service stations accept credit cards and Swiss Francs at the pump.


    Highways in Switzerland require a toll sticker that costs approximately US$28. Cars rented in Switzerland have the sticker attached; otherwise you must purchase the sticker separately. The fine is approx US$100 for driving with out a sticker.


    Most cities have 'blue zones' that require you to display a parking disc on your dashboard. These discs can be obtained at motor clubs, gas stations and police stations. Parking on the sidewalks is illegal in Switzerland.


    Insurance Information


    Enchanting Zermatt, SwitzerlandGeneral Information
    Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

    All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

    The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Switzerland.


    Required Coverage
    Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers US$1,800,000 coverage in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.


    Optional Coverage
    Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$15 - US$72 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$5 - US$12 per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$830 - US$2075, depending on the vehicle type that is rented. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$4 - US$9 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.


    Rental Restrictions


    See the Swiss Alps while Driving in SwitzerlandGeneral Information
    Most car and van rental categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Auto Europe has special rental programs for driving into Eastern Europe. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.


    Restricted Countries
    Cars rented in Switzerland are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Luxury cars are not allowed into Italy.

    NOTE:For an additional fee, travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice.


    One-Way Rentals
    Domestic one-way rentals are available and some routes incur additional return fees. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.



    Switzerland Map


    Exploring Switzerland
    Our Switzerland map is designed to help you easily find the best attractions, restaurants, hotels, and landmarks in the country - one way Auto Europe tries to support travelers planning a trip to Switzerland. The maps below are available to all travelers and students researching this country, whether you are already on the go or still looking into the best time to visit Europe, and each map contains different information. Whether you're looking for road maps of Switzerland, points of interest, restaurants or any other information to help enhance your trip - we hope that one of these Switzerland maps is useful.

    As European travel specialists who have been helping make visitors travel dreams come true for more than 60 years, Auto Europe is a great source of information about European travel. Wheter you're looking for the perfect car in Zurich or just need a useful map of Switzerland, Auto Europe is here to help make your trip a success!


    Click Any Map of Switzerland to Enlarge

    Altitude Map of Switzerland  Switzerland Road Map  Switzerland Map
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    Auto Europe's Map of Switzerland
    Each map of Switzerland on this page is available as a free resource. If you've found this to be helpful please bookmark the page so that you can wirelessly view this during your trip to Europe. Simply download any of the map images to your phone or zoom in on your location using the Google map of Switzerland located at the bottom of this page. Use this map to find the details of all of the best locations in the country - whether you want to visit The Matterhorn, the Swiss region's largest mountain, or elect to do something a little less daunting such as touring the Swiss National Park, our Switzerland map makes it easy to get the information that you need to make your trip a complete success. Find driving distances, directions or the best restaurants in the country, including Zurich's Stefs Freick or EquiTable im Sankt meinrad. Prefer to discover the French delicacies offered in Basel at restaurants such as Cheval Blanc or The Kitchen. Each map of Switzerland on this page is designed to help you discover the country's best attractions and landmarks - zoom in on the map below to find points of interest near your destination or favorite city.


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