Switzerland Driving Information

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Driving in Switzerland: Car Rental Tips and Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions | Switzerland Map

Driving Overview

General 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

Switzerland Driving InformationRules 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

General 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 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

General 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.

Switzerland Driving InformationNOTE: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

Auto Europe's Map of Switzerland

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.