Auto Europe is an international car rental broker, offering quality car hires at incredibly low prices with over 50 years of experience. Thanks to the partnerships we have built with leading car hire companies worldwide, we can provide a modern fleet of rental cars at over 8,000 locations in 135 countries. In Switzerland, Auto Europe offers pick up locations in over 50 cities and towns, including Zurich, Geneva and Basel, allowing you to pick up your car where it best suits your travel itinerary.
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Currency: Switzerland has its own currency: the Swiss Franc (CHF). Although Switzerland is not a part of the eurozone, some shops have prices indicated in Euros as well as Swiss Francs. However, merchants are not obliged to accept Euros, though some may choose to do so, and change is given in Swiss Francs. It is advisable to have some Swiss Francs with you on arrival to Switzerland for immediate expenses.
Money can be withdrawn with most UK bank cards from Swiss ATMs, which are called 'Bankomats' in banks and 'Postomats' in post offices. You will, however, most likely incur a withdrawal fee. As the fee is usually charged per withdrawal, you can save by making fewer large withdrawals, but be extra cautious when carrying large amounts of cash with you. You can also exchange currency at banks, which offer the best rates, or at exchange offices at the airport and major railway stations. Many businesses in Switzerland will not accept credit cards, but where they are accepted, Visa and Mastercard are the most popular.
Time difference: Switzerland is on GMT+1, making the time one hour ahead of London. Daylight Saving time begins at the end of March, and changes back to Standard Time at the end of October.
There are four official languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian, and Romansch. German is the most widely spoken, and it is the predominant language in most of the cantons. In the western part of the country French is more dominant, including in the canton of Geneva.
Here are some phrases you may find helpful!
Hello - German (Swiss): Grüezi, French: Salut Good morning - German: Guten Morgen, French: Bonjour Thank you - German: Danke, French: Merci Goodbye - German: Auf Wiedersehen / Tschüss, French: Au revoir One way street - German: Einbahnstrasse, French: Rue à sens unique No parking - German: Parkverbot, French: Stationnement interditbr Petrol station - German: Tankstelle, French: Station-service Motorway - German: Autobahn, French: Autoroute Driver's Licence - German: Führerschein, French: Permis de conduire Under construction - German: Baustellen, French: Travaux Exit - German: Ausfahrt, French: Sortie
The voltage in Switzerland is 230V/50 Hz. The types of plugs and sockets used are Type C (2-pin) plugs, which also fit in Type J sockets, and Type J (3-pin) plugs. You will need an adapter to use British appliances.
Visa & Embassy Information
British citizens only need a passport that is valid for the duration of their stay, if the stay is shorter than three months. Longer stays require a visa.
The age requirement for car hire in Switzerland is generally that you must be at least 20 years old, and have had your license for one year, but requirements may vary between car hire suppliers and car types. There may be a young driver's surcharge if the driver is younger than 25 years. You can find the specific requirements of your car hire in Switzerland in the Terms, Conditions & Local Fees. You can also call our toll-free number to ask any questions you may have about your car rental in Switzerland from one of our agents.
When driving on the highway, cars are required to display a Switzerland toll sticker. Rental cars in Switzerland commonly already have a sticker, but it is advisable to check that you have one, as you may incur a fine if you are caught driving without a sticker. Toll stickers are available to be purchased from petrol stations and border crossings.
Road Rules and Petrol Stations
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.
Trams always have the right of way. In general, they should be passed on the left, but if they are moving, they should be passed on the right.
It is mandatory to wear a seat belt when driving.
Radar detectors, even if they are switched off, are not permitted.
A valid driver's licence, registration documents, and insurance documents must be in the possession of the driver at all times when driving.
The use of dipped headlights is required in tunnels.
Petrol stations are generally open from 8am to 10pm in Switzerland. Credit cards and Swiss Francs are accepted at some self-service stations.
When driving a car hire in Switzerland in the winter, winter tyres and snow chains are not mandatory, but are recommended during the snowy months, particularly if you are driving in the Alps. You can find more information in the Terms, Conditions & Local Fees, or by calling our toll-free number.
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