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    Driving in Switzerland: Car Rental Tips and Information

    Driving in Switzerland Overview

    Switzerland Driving InformationThe 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.

    Car Rental Requirements

    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.

    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.

    Gas Station Availability

    Speed Limits & Gas Stations in Switzerland 
    • City: 31mph/49kph
    • Open Roads: 50mph/80kph
    • Highways: 75mph/120kph
    Gas Station Availability - Most gas stations are open from 8am to 10pm. Some self-service stations accept credit cards and Swiss Francs at the pump.
    Switzerland Parking Laws and Tolls

    Parking & Tolls in Switzerland

    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 $100 USD 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.

    Car Insurance 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.

    Switzerland Driving InformationRequired Coverage

    Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers $1,800,000 USD 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 $15-$72 USD per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately $5-$12 USD per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to $830 - $2,075 USD, depending on the vehicle type that is rented. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately $4-$9 USD 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.

    Car Rental Restrictions in Switzerland

    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:

    Image of Country Pin - Albania Albania Image of Country Pin - Bosnia Bosnia Image of Country Pin - Belarus Belarus
    Image of Country Pin - Bulgaria Bulgaria Image of Country Pin - Croatia Croatia Image of Country Pin - Estonia Estonia
    Image of Country Pin - Greece Greece Image of Country Pin - Hungary Hungary Image of Country Pin - Latvia Latvia
    Image of Country Pin - Lithuania Lithuania Image of Country Pin - Macedonia Macedonia Image of Country Pin - Montenegro Montenegro
    Image of Country Pin - Poland Poland Image of Country Pin - Russia Russia Image of Country Pin - Slovenia Slovenia
    Image of Country Pin - Turkey Turkey Image of Country Pin - Ukraine Ukraine Image of Country Pin - Yugoslavia Yugoslavia

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

    Switzerland Driving InformationOne-Way Rentals in Switzerland

    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.