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Switzerland Car Rental Mini Guide

As a winter and summer holiday destination, car hire in Switzerland is popular all year round, however the peak times are between December and March for the winter sports season and from June to August for the summer season. Prices for car hire in Switzerland generally remain constant without not set high and low season. For this reason, you should ideally aim to book your hire car anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks before travel.

Booking car hire more than 3 months in advance might limit the availability of car from all rental agents, whereas with less than 4 weeks notice you might run into low availability and price hikes.

Most popular car hire locations in Switzerland

Switzerland Factfile

  • Switzerland is a landlocked country and has borders with Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein
  • The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world
  • The unofficial motto of Switzerland is "Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno" (Latin) which means 'One for all, all for one'
  • Popular dishes in Switzerland include raclette, fondue and rosti which usually tend to revolve around cheese.
  • The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • It's illegal to wash you car on a Sunday in Switzerland - See Strange Driving Laws

Cheapest car hire in Switzerland

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.29 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 345.04 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 50.47 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 353.33 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 50.81 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 355.72 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.19 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 358.39 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.38 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 359.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.40 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 359.82 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.41 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 359.92 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 52.44 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 367.09 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 52.47 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 367.34 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.41 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 366.92 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.45 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 367.19 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.50 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 374.56 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.07 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 378.55 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Opel Mokka

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.27 EUR/day
Opel Mokka

7 Days rental at 379.90 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.27 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 379.90 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Seat Leon

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.37 EUR/day
Seat Leon

7 Days rental at 380.59 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.38 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 380.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat Tipo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.39 EUR/day
Fiat Tipo

7 Days rental at 380.75 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.56 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 360.93 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 51.71 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 362.01 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Fabia

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.90 EUR/day
Skoda Fabia

7 Days rental at 363.33 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Ibiza

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.91 EUR/day
Seat Ibiza

7 Days rental at 363.43 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.93 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 363.55 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 52.51 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 367.61 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 52.55 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 367.89 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 52.85 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 369.95 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.97 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 370.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.81 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 621.73 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 92.60 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 648.26 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 96.06 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class Estate

7 Days rental at 672.44 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 96.58 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 676.07 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 100.21 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class Estate

7 Days rental at 701.50 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 100.22 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 701.57 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 101.04 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 707.34 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 101.89 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 713.26 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 102.03 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 714.21 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Opel Grandland X

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.67 EUR/day
Opel Grandland X

7 Days rental at 445.71 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.07 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 455.51 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.96 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Estate

7 Days rental at 461.76 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.16 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 463.12 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.16 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 463.12 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.16 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 463.12 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Grandland X

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.20 EUR/day
Opel Grandland X

7 Days rental at 463.40 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.37 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia Estate

7 Days rental at 464.64 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.40 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 464.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.23 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 533.64 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 137.22 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 960.55 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 137.22 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 960.55 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Switzerland

  • Drive on the LEFT-hand side of the road in Switzerland, the steering wheel is on the left side of the car
  • Speed limits are posted in KM/H, the maximum is 120km/h on the motorway network
  • You'll need a vignette to use the motorway network in Switzerland, all rental cars in Switzerland include the vignette, however if you are crossing borders you'll need to purchase one
  • The alcohol limit to drive in Switzerland is 50mg (0.05% BAC), consistent with most of mainland Europe
 

Popular car hire destinations in Switzerland

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Switzerland

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    50kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100-120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    CHF  2.43/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    CHF

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Switzerland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Europcar
73
8.3/10
6,312
€ 51.38
€ 54.68
€ 69.16
€ 116.90
 Budget
15
8.0/10
825
€ 57.37
€ 65.07
€ 71.71
 Unirent
10
7.8/10
1,014
€ 54.37
€ 65.96
 Sixt
18
7.8/10
789
€ 61.74
€ 70.19
€ 83.21
 Flizzr
3
7.8/10
71
€ 52.41
€ 63.67
€ 71.84
 Avis
23
7.7/10
533
€ 60.75
€ 71.65
€ 86.81
 Hertz
19
7.6/10
525
€ 69.58
€ 105.33
€ 274.57
 Thrifty
7
7.6/10
398
€ 51.19
€ 54.39
€ 73.50
 National
4
7.2/10
40
€ 52.57
€ 55.83
€ 72.12
€ 75.91
 Enterprise
4
6.7/10
163
€ 52.47
€ 55.83
€ 72.12
€ 75.91
 Alamo
4
6.6/10
435
€ 51.41
€ 54.27
€ 70.66
 Dollar
5
6.5/10
209
€ 49.29
€ 52.45
€ 71.52

Car rental agent statistics in Switzerland

  • 8.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    EUROPCAR
  • 5.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • 11,314
    Total number of reviews in
    Switzerland
  • 59
    Most Locations in Switzerland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 17
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Switzerland

ItemPercent
January€ 94
February€ 97
March€ 79
April€ 63
May€ 70
June€ 61
July€ 86
August€ 81
September€ 65
October€ 67
November€ 69
December€ 96
ItemPercent
January€ 81
February€ 85
March€ 64
April€ 52
May€ 52
June€ 49
July€ 72
August€ 69
September€ 53
October€ 53
November€ 55
December€ 85
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 154
March€ 120
April€ 99
May€ 121
June€ 92
July€ 132
August€ 124
September€ 108
October€ 111
November€ 111
December€ 143
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 109
March€ 95
April€ 75
May€ 86
June€ 72
July€ 102
August€ 92
September€ 81
October€ 82
November€ 83
December€ 106
ItemPercent
January€ 186
February€ 194
March€ 175
April€ 168
May€ 279
June€ 236
July€ 269
August€ 275
September€ 256
October€ 260
November€ 268
December€ 313
ItemPercent
January€ 64
February€ 73
March€ 63
April€ 53
May€ 54
June€ 49
July€ 64
August€ 64
September€ 54
October€ 56
November€ 57
December€ 70
ItemPercent
January€ 135
February€ 147
March€ 129
April€ 107
May€ 120
June€ 94
July€ 120
August€ 122
September€ 111
October€ 117
November€ 116
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 122
February€ 93
March€ 89
April€ 70
May€ 97
June€ 58
July€ 107
August€ 106
September€ 72
October€ 74
November€ 78
December€ 113

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Switzerland

DieselUnleaded
Sep , 2022

€ 2.37

€ 2.12

Aug , 2022

€ 2.42

€ 2.28

Jul , 2022

€ 2.32

€ 2.21

Jun , 2022

€ 2.11

€ 2.08

May , 2022

€ 2.11

€ 1.93

Apr , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.90

Mar , 2022

€ 2.08

€ 1.90

Feb , 2022

€ 1.79

€ 1.71

Jan , 2022

€ 1.68

€ 1.61

Dec , 2021

€ 1.64

€ 1.58

Nov , 2021

€ 1.69

€ 1.63

Oct , 2021

€ 1.64

€ 1.57

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2022 2.37 2.12
Aug , 2022 2.42 2.28
Jul , 2022 2.32 2.21
Jun , 2022 2.11 2.08
May , 2022 2.11 1.93
Apr , 2022 2.12 1.90
Mar , 2022 2.08 1.90
Feb , 2022 1.79 1.71
Jan , 2022 1.68 1.61
Dec , 2021 1.64 1.58
Nov , 2021 1.69 1.63
Oct , 2021 1.64 1.57

Car rental price statistics in Switzerland

  • € 345.03
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 387.96
    Highest daily price:
    Mercedes Vito
  • 2,669
    Total cars available
     
  • 223
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Golf
  • 207
    Location with most cars:
    Basel - Airport
  • € 49.3 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    DOLLAR - Zürich - Hardturm

FAQs about car hire in Switzerland

How much does it cost to hire a car in Switzerland?

Car hire in Switzerland starts from just €49.30 per day for a (mini) class car from Dollar. The average price to hire a car in Switzerland is just €106.10 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Switzerland is a Mercedes Vito car for a (standard) class from Hertz costing €388.00 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Switzerland?

We often have special offers on car hire in Switzerland including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Switzerland?

Car hire prices in Switzerland are kept low thanks to the 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 76 car hire locations and 17,152 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Switzerland.

Who is the best car hire company in Switzerland?

Based on over 11,314 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Switzerland Is Europcar who score on average 8.3/10 across all locations in Switzerland.

What is the most popular car hire location in Switzerland?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Switzerland is Basel - Airport with 12 car hire companies and 207 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Switzerland?

Current fuel prices in Switzerland are €2.119/ltr for petrol and €2.374/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €85 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €95 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Switzerland?

Speed limits in Switzerland are in km/h and are generally 30-50 km/h on urban roads, 80-100 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Switzerland?

Dollar is the cheapest car hire company in Switzerland offering a (mini) class car such as the Fiat 500 for as little as €345.10 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Switzerland?

The most popular car hire category in Switzerland is the Volkswagen Golf available from 5 car hire companies in over 68 locations.

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€23.9
 
 
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€23.9
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €26.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €26.2 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €23.9 per day
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€25.9
 
 
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Compact 5 5 3 from €33.9 per day
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Car Hire Zurich
€23.2
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €23.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €25.5 per day
Mini 3 4 1 from €25.3 per day