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Car hire driving information Switzerland

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
In this hilly country you are certain to get a splendid view while driving along the motorway. In the summer time you can enjoy the beautiful green Alps and little Alp villages. In the winter time the Alps invites you to fabulous skiing and winter sport activities. With a rental car in Switzerland it is easy to explore every corner of this stunning country.

To be able to rent a car in Switzerland, you must be at least 20 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 7 must be seated in a child safety seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Switzerland are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open Roads: 80 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Switzerland you drive on the right side of the road. Trams always have the right of way. Please note that dipped headlights are recommended also during day time. In snowy weather conditions winter tires are mandatory. Snow chains are also recommended.

Petrol stations are normally open from 08:00 to 22:00. You can also find automatic pumps open 24 h where you can pay with credit cards or cash.

While travelling on any motorway in Switzerland you are compelled to display a motorway toll sticker (Vignette). When you rent a car in Switzerland with us at Auto Europe a free toll sticker is normally included in the rate. On your voucher you can read all the details.

Most Swiss cities have 'blue zones' that require you to display a parking disc on your dashboard. These discs can be obtained at motor clubs, petrol stations and police stations.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. 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.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Switzerland) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Switzerland. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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