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Switzerland Driving Tips

Driving in Switzerland Tips

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Driving Distances in Switzerland

Licence Requirements

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is recommended for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in Switzerland;


The following equipment are required to be carried in the vehicle and which are to be used in the event of an incident, accident or breakdown:

Child Safety Seats

It is a requirement that children under the age of 7 years old must be seated in an appropriate child seat. Any passenger under the age of 12 years old can only be seated in the back seats of the vehicle.

Speed Limits

Speed limits in Switzerland are expressed in kilometers per hour (km/h). It is highly recommended to keep to the speed limit advised as traffic infringements can be imposed for driving over 5km/h over the speed limit. Below are the speed limits in Switzerland to use as a guide only, unless posted otherwise:

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Switzerland is 0.05mg/100ml. Motorists can be stopped at any time to undertake random breath tests.


All vehicles using a motorway in Switzerland must display a vignette sticker on the front windscreen. Most rental vehicles from Switzerland have these attached, otherwise a sticker will need to be purchased. Stickers can be obtained from petrol stations, post offices and border gates. Fines apply if a sticker is incorrectly or not displayed.

Road Signs

Road Signs in Switzerland adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in Switzerland are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.


Strict parking regulations are enforced in Switzerland, drivers no obeying parking laws will be fined and risk having their vehicles towed or clamped. The majority of street parking in Switzerland is broken up into zones. The Blue Zones allows drivers to park for up to 90 minutes but must display a blue parking disc with the time of arrival. Discs can be obtained from banks, tourist offices, police stations and petrol stations. Red Zone parking is free up to 15 hours but must display a red parking disc with the time of arrival, again can be obtained from banks, tourist offices, police stations and petrol stations. White Zones Pay and Display are paid parking with time limitations, vehicles must display a parking ticket which can be purchased from nearby machines. In other White Zones parking is free for unlimited time. You then have parking meters where parking is timed and may be payable, check signage for instructions and restrictions. Yellow Zones parking is restricted in this area.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Switzerland:

Winter Driving

Legal requirements apply when driving in winter in Switzerland. All cars in Switzerland must be equipped with winter tyres from November through to early April. Inclusions vary depending on supplier but most include winter tyres. Click here for more information.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.