About Switzerland (CH)
Switzerland, located in central Europe, is a federal state with Bern as the administrative capital and Lausanne the judicial centre.
Although a relatively small country, Switzerland has one of the most diverse cultures and physical geography of Western Europe. The country is bordered by the Alps to the south and east, and Jura to the north and west, with the with the Swiss Plateau wedged between the two mountain ranges.
Switzerland is best known for its superior alpine ski resorts, beautiful lakes and famous rivers - the Rhône and the Rhine - all offering spectacular scenery. Regardless on your base, you can choose from numerous day trips, whether it be the mountains, rivers, lakes, nature parks or towns and villages. Places like Zermatt, Interlaken or the ancient city of Lucerne should be on any visitor’s list. All are between 2 and 4 hours’ drive from Zurich.
Driving in this country is not difficult, and the roads are very well maintained, even in the countryside. Since has so many mountains and remote regions, it is sometimes necessary to arrange a car rental in Switzerland
If you wish to attempt driving in the mountains, you must be well-prepared. Plan ahead and use a good GPS as you would not want to get stranded overnight on a snowy mountain pass.
All Swiss motorways are subject to toll fees. Vehicles must be in possession of a Vignette (toll sticker), but if you rent a car in Switzerland these will already be fixed to the vehicle.
Choosing your car
The Switzeralnd car rental suppliers include all the major brands such as Hertz, Budget, Avis and Europcar. This Switzerland car hire booking site makes it easy to choose from a selection of cars — whether you need a family sedan, SUV or minivan. You can also add extra benefits to your Swiss car rental, such as a GPS or child seat. However, to ensure cheap car rental in Switzerland are the best rates, we recommend that you book online in advance.
It is also important to read and understand the conditions of your car rental before signing, to ensure you are adequately covered for the trip.
Tips and advice
Traffic fines in Switzerland are generally heavy. Driving 10 km/h over the speed limit in a town can costs CHF 250.
Most petrol stations close at night, but you can still use the pumps and pay by card. In larger cities, and on the motorways, some are open 24 hours.
Expect snow on all Swiss roads during winter. Winter tires are essential. It is also compulsory to carry chains during winter, which must be used when driving in snowy conditions.
Generally, everything is closed on Sundays and public holidays, and some are even closed on Mondays as well.
Some (but not all) places in Switzerland will accept Euros, but they will most likely give your change in CHF.
Switzerland has some of the best drinking water. You can drink from any tap or fountains you will find in every town and city, as well as sometimes along mountain trails.