Car Rental Switzerland

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Geneva Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Alamo
$48.59 / per day
Geneva Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW UP or similar
VW UP
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$52.67 / per day
Geneva Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Enterprise
$53.11 / per day
Geneva Airport Car Rental
Economy
Seat Ibiza 5d or similar
Seat Ibiza 5d
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Europcar
$54.02 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Zurich Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Enterprise
$59.54 / per day
Zurich Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Alamo
$61.37 / per day
Zurich Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Alamo
$65.02 / per day
Basel Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Enterprise
$65.32 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German,
French
Currency
CHF
Country code
41
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$57.37 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Switzerland?

Switzerland is a great country to travel around by car. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can enjoy stunning mountains while driving truly world-class roads. Having your own ride will let you explore everything from majestic peaks and winter resorts to beautiful cities like the country’s largest, Zürich, or the capital of the French-speaking region, Geneva.

Switzerland Car Rental

Top ways to enter Switzerland

  • Zürich Airport: Switzerland’s main international airport.
  • Geneva Airport: Large international airport in the southwest of Switzerland
  • Basel-Mulhouse Airport: A unique international airport shared by Switzerland, France, and Germany
  • By land: It is possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Switzerland. Some of the large international airports near Switzerland include Lyon Airport in France, Munich Airport in Germany, and Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Bern: While the capital city of Switzerland might not be its largest city, Bern offers warm and cozy atmosphere, as well as an entry point to the nearby Bernese Highlands.
  • Valais: You’ll find Europe’s highest peaks, largest glaciers, and best winter sports destinations in this mountainous region.
  • Ticino: The Italian-speaking part of Switzerland is known as the country’s most idyllic and hospitable part, and it also holds the bragging rights for the best food in the land.
  • Geneva: Not only an interesting and modern city in its own right, Geneva is located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Geneva.
  • Zürich: Ever industrious and bustling, Zürich attracts countless visitors each year with its beautiful architecture, countless landmarks, and cultural events.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Switzerland is the VW Polo, closely followed by the VW Golf and the Opel Corsa.

Driver licence requirements

Switzerland accepts all driver licenses issued in the European Union (EU).

If your driver’s licence is issued by a non-EU country (except Switzerland), for it to be considered valid, you’ll need a Swiss visa. Another requirement is to have been in the EU for no more than six months at the time of the rental. If you have been in the EU longer, you’ll need a driver’s license issued by an EU country.

If your driver license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation of your license into English or German.

You must carry your driver’s licence, not its copy, with you at all times. You must have held your driver’s licence by at least 1 or 2 years, depending on the car provider.

There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Switzerland is bordered by France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Italy. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union (EU), it is a member of the Schengen Area and so are all of its neighboring countries. If you’re not an EU citizen, you’ll need a Schengen visa to visit Switzerland. With a Schengen visa you can also cross the border to any of Switzerland’s neighbors. Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

It is worth noting that in 2016, European Union rules were changed regarding Swiss rental cars. Drivers holding a driver’s license issued in a country that is a member of the European Union are no longer allowed to drive a rental car with Swiss license plates in the EU. This means that if you are from the EU and intend to rent a car and travel to both Switzerland and EU countries like France, Germany, Italy, or Austria, you should rent a car in the EU, as it is allowed by most suppliers to also travel to Switzerland. This rule only applies to EU residents; Swiss and non-EU residents can continue to rent a car in Switzerland and travel to the surrounding countries freely. 

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular car type in Switzerland is Economy, but travelers also tend to choose Mini and Compact a lot.

Top driving routes

  1. Geneva–Zürich (278 km / 173 mi) The two biggest cities in Switzerland might be quite close to one another, but it’s a fascinating ride as you will cross the border between the German-speaking and the French-speaking regions on the way.
  2. Zürich–Munich (311 km / 193 mi) The capital of Bavaria with its baroque castles and cathedrals can be reached in less than four hours. Note that Munich is in Germany and you will have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.
  3. Basel–Zürich (88 km / 55 mi) Driving from Basel to Zürich takes just a bit over one hour. Although Basel is worth to explore in its own right, it’s convenient that Strasbourg in France and Freiburg in Germany are also very near.

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Switzerland:

  • Compare rates
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Switzerland?

The cost of renting a car in Switzerland depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Switzerland
$84.94
January
$85.94
February
$68.73
March
$59.77
April
$73.19
May
$81.10
June
$132.42
July
$125.73
August
$66.04
September
$62.34
October
$79.38
November
$86.32
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Switzerland is April — prices start from $59.77 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 29% cheaper than the year’s average and 55% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $132.42 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Switzerland?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 6 days. The shortest are in April — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Switzerland
6
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Switzerland?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Switzerland. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is September.
Switzerland Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
128%
January
96%
February
85%
March
79%
April
100%
May
91%
June
118%
July
104%
August
66%
September
150%
October
86%
November
96%
December

Top 6 Suppliers for Switzerland in 2019

City Auto Rent
City Auto Rent
Exceptional 9.9
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.5
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.5
Geneva Rental Cars
Geneva Rental Cars
Excellent 8.9
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.6
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6

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