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Driving in Switzerland

With its majestic Alps, crystal clear lakes and rich cultural heritage, Switzerland is a great destination for road trips. To make your trip comfortable and safe, it is important to know about the need for an international driver's license and the basic requirements for driving in the country.

Requirement for an International Driving Permit in Switzerland:

To drive in Switzerland, especially if you are a citizen of a country outside the EU, you will need an international driving permit. This document works in conjunction with your national driving license and confirms your right to drive in Switzerland.

Car rental requirements:

Most companies require the driver to be at least 25 years old, although some may rent cars to younger drivers for an additional fee. You must also provide a credit card to block the deposit and, of course, have both national and international licenses with you.

Features of driving in Switzerland:

  • Driving on the right side of the road.

  • Mandatory use of seat belts.

  • A vignette is required to use the autobahn and costs CHF 40 per year.

  • Speed cameras are widespread and fines for speeding can be significant.

  • Compliance with speed limits: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 80 km/h on regular roads and 120 km/h on autobahns.

Road signs in Switzerland:

Road signs may be different from those you are used to. Particular attention should be paid to signs indicating speed limits, prohibitions and warnings.

Popular routes and attractions

Switzerland offers many routes for traveling by car:

  • The Bernese Oberland National Park with its majestic mountains and picturesque valleys.

  • A scenic drive along Lake Lucerne with its crystal clear waters and impressive panoramas.

  • Historical cities like Lucerne, Geneva, and Zurich, where you can enjoy architecture, museums and local delicacies.

Remember that traffic rules are strictly enforced in Switzerland and heavy fines are imposed for violations. When planning a trip, take time to prepare, check your documents, familiarize yourself with the route and traffic rules. This way, your trip around Switzerland by car will be an unforgettable adventure, full of impressions and discoveries.