Guide to Driving In Switzerland - Drive Safe in Switzerland

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Switzerland and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.


30 kph

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50 kph

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motorway speed limit

100-120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit


drink and drive limit
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You drive in Switzerland on the Right side  
The currency in Switzerland is CHF
The minimum rental age is 21
Current fuel price in Switzerland 1.45/Ltr

Driving Laws in Switzerland

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Switzerland?

Driving in Switzerland

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112


Fuel Prices in Switzerland by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
White lines allow for free parking but these areas are few and far between. Red zones require red disks and allow for up to 15 hours free parking but are usually reserved for residents
Paid parking          
You'll often find parking meters by the side of parking spaces. Some ask you to display a ticket, others you enter the space number into the machine.
Blue Disc
Switzerland is party to the Blue Disc scheme. It’s possible to buy an International Blue Parking Disc from many shops, garages and post offices. There are special parking areas for holders of these marked with a  blue sign and you can park there for ninety minutes. It’s often a much cheaper way to park.
Enforcement of parking is often done by camera or the police if you are causing an obstruction.
Disabled parking
Despite not being part of the EU, Switzerland follows EU guidelines on parking for holders of an EU Disabled Parking Permit.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

The emergency number in Switzerland is the European standard: 112 but they also use 117 for the police, 118 for the fire service and 144 for ambulance

What to do in an emergency

Accidents involving animals, wild or domesticated must be reported to the police. In any accident where someone is seriously injured, the police must be called and the scene left as it was until they arrive although casualties can be moved if they are in further danger. If there are only bumps and scratches there is no obligation to call the police. 

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Handy Phrases

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My car won't start
Where is the police station?
I have a flat tyre
I have been in an accident
Where is?
Where can I buy petrol?
Ma voiture ne démarre pas
Où est le poste de police?
J'ai un pneu à plat
J'ai été dans un accident
Où est?
Où puis-je acheter de l'essence?
Mein Auto springt nicht an
Wo ist die Polizei?
Ich habe eine Reifenpanne
Ich habe einen Unfall gehabt
Wo ist?
Wo kann ich kaufen Benzin?
La mia macchina non si avvia
Dove si trova la stazione di polizia?
Ho una gomma a terra
Sono stato in un incidente
Dove si trova?
Dove posso acquistare la benzina?

Switzerland Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Switzerland by Month
MonthYear€ Diesel€ Unleaded
Oct, 2018 1.55 1.45
Sep, 2018 1.55 1.46
Aug, 2018 1.53 1.45
Jul, 2018 1.47 1.40
Jun, 2018 1.48 1.41
May, 2018 1.43 1.36

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Switzerland and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

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