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Travelling by car in Switzerland is very easy, as villages and towns are very well marked and accessable. The road conditions are excellent in the summers and in the winters. All green road signs indicate a highway or autobahn, blue signs are secondary roads and white signs back roads.

Car Rentals
Best to order a car online as you probably end up with a cheeper price then going to an agency in Switzerland.

The highways are subject to a toll. The slip can be bought at any gas station, at a cost of only sFr. 40.- and is valid for a year. You must obtain a separate vignette for a trailer or caravan. If your vehicle doesn't bear a properly affixed vignette and the Swiss police catch you driving on an expressway, you'll be subject to a 100 SwF fine-on top of the vignette's cost.

The speedlimit is 120 km/h (74 mph) on the autobahn, 80 km/h (50 mph) on secondary roads outside of towns and 50 km/h (30 mph) in towns if not indicated differently. Roadside automatic radar-triggered cameras help enforce these limits. Police are empowered to collect fines on the spot.

Getting through
For travellers with motorhomes it's to say, that even large motorhomes can travel through the alp passes. the roads are well maintained and large enough even for trucks.

Remember, Switzerland is a very small Country (ca. 250x400 km) and you can easely drive from one end to another in 3 - 5 Hours if you stick to the highways. If you plan to travel Switzerland by car, take your time, you can plan to see lots of places in a short amount of time. Plan to drive for driving's sake, and try to minimally constrain yourself with time-related issues.

You can receive helpful information about road conditions by dialing tel. 163

The minimum age of a driver is 18 years. Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear-seat passengers. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 .

The mountain resort towns of Braunwald, Murren, Wengen and Zermatt cannot be reached directly by private motor vehicle. Park at the railway or sky tram station and complete the journey via public transport.

Trams always have priority. Buses have priority when leaving a bus stop. Traffic going up a mountain has priority. Some mountain roads require one-way traffic during certain hours only; these hours will be posted at either end of such roads.


Many towns have Blue Zones that restrict parking during the period 8am to 7pm on weekdays. Obtain discs free of charge from ACS or TCS motoring club offices or at fuel stations, kiosks, police stations, and garages. Wheel clamps are in use.


Fuel stations along expressways are usually open from 6:00 a.m. to 10pm or midnight. Outside of open hours fuel is commonly available from automatic pumps that accept 10 and 20 SwF notes or credit cards. Many stations accept major charge cards like Visa, MasterCard or American Express. There is no regular fuel avaliable, only unleaded in 95 or 98 octan. Unleaded petrol is called bleifrei, essence sans plomb, or benzina sensa piomba. Diesel is called diesel and LPG is called autogas.
Prizes for bleifrei range from SFr. 1.75.- to 1.95.- depending on the oilprice. Disel is usually a bit more expensive.

Car Rentals
Best to order a car online as you probably end up with a cheeper price then going to an agency in Switzerland.

External links:
Google MapsSimply enter your departure and arrival place and this service will finde the fastest way by car.
Suisse CarCar for hire in the french speaking part of Switzerland
GPS devices rentalGPS devices rental for automotive and motorcycle navigation
Swiss Car RentalSwiss Car Hire have rental locations at all main Swiss cities and Airports

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