Driving in Chur:
Roads: The roads in Chur and the surrounding region are well-maintained and offer picturesque views of the Swiss Alps. Chur is well-connected to other Swiss cities and regions by a network of highways and local roads.
Vehicle Type: While you can drive any type of vehicle in Chur, a compact or mid-sized car is often a practical choice for navigating narrow streets and mountainous terrain.
Switzerland has a well-developed road network, and you may encounter tolls on some major highways and mountain passes, particularly when traveling on the national autoroute system. A Swiss motorway vignette (toll sticker) is required to use these highways. The vignette can be purchased at customs offices, gas stations, and post offices. It's usually valid for one year and is affixed to your vehicle's windshield.
The nearest major airport to Chur is Zurich Airport (ZRH),
which is located approximately 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Chur. Zurich Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Switzerland and serves both domestic and international flights. From Zurich Airport, you can reach Chur by train or by renting a car and driving through scenic landscapes.
Places to Visit:
Chur is the capital of the canton of Graubünden and offers a charming and historic Old Town, as well as access to numerous outdoor activities in the Swiss Alps. Here are some places to visit and activities to consider in and around Chur:
Old Town (Altstadt): Explore the well-preserved medieval Old Town of Chur, with its narrow streets, historic buildings, and charming shops and cafes.
Rätische Museum: Visit the Rätische Museum to learn about the history, culture, and archaeology of the region.
Rhein Gorge (Ruinaulta): Explore the Rhine Gorge, known as the "Swiss Grand Canyon," with its dramatic landscapes and hiking trails.
Hiking and Skiing: Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains and resorts, including Flims-Laax, Lenzerheide, and Arosa.
Thermal Baths: Relax in the thermal baths and wellness centers in the region, such as Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz.
Chur is an excellent base for exploring the Graubünden region and offers a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply enjoying the alpine scenery, Chur has something to offer every traveler. If you are hiring a car in Switzerland for the first time we recommend reading our Drive Smart Switzerland
guide to ensure you know the rules of the road and can drive safely in and around Chur.