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Alps country.

With fabulous scenery, world class skiing facilities alongside interesting historical towns and cities to visit during your holiday here, hiring a car is an easy and effective way to explore Switzerland at your own pace. In such a mountainous country, there is a risk of avalanches at certain times of the year therefore it is advisable to adhere to all warning signs when driving through alpine terrain. Be mindful of hairpin corners in these areas.

Some of the higher passes may be closed during the winter months although there are often tunnels that you can use instead. Be aware that some tunnels do impose toll charges. When driving on motorways you will require a vignette sticker.

Whatever time of year you visit, you are guaranteed spectacular views and car hire means you can stop to drink in the beauty whenever the moment arises; it's a great way to get around and experience Switzerland.

Read our Switzerland travel guide. You may also like to view information about destinations in Switzerland.

Tips for driving in Switzerland

Which side of the road do they drive on?

Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Pedestrians generally have right of way and will expect vehicles to stop for them.

Seat belts

If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.

Driving with children

Children under 12 and shorter than 150cm must use a child restraint system suitable for their size and weight approved to UN ECE regulation 44.03 or 44.04. Children under 7 are not permitted to sit in the front seat of the vehicle.

Blood alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. A lower limit of 10mg applies to new drivers who passed their test within 3 years and professional drivers.

If you are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, fines can be extremely high and you may lose your license for a second offence. Visiting motorists may be forbidden from driving in Switzerland for a minimum of one month.

Can I use a mobile?

It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.

Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials

Each vehicle must carry a warning triangle that is within easy reach of the driver without having to exit the vehicle to obtain it.

If you usually wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, you must carry a spare pair with you in the car.

Do I need winter tyres?

Winter tyres are not compulsory but your vehicle must be able to travel in snowy conditions without impeding traffic or you may be subjected to a fine. Where signs dictate, snow chains on at least two wheels of the vehicle are compulsory. Vehicles with studded tyres are prohibited on motorways and expressways except for certain parts of the A2 and A13.

What should I do if I breakdown?

If you breakdown, you must place the reflective triangle 30m behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. Call the supplier who will be able to advise you further.

It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.

What should I do if I have an accident?

If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.