Car Rental in Switzerland

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Geneva Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Geneva Rental Cars
$34.75 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$43.46 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Seat Leon or similar
Seat Leon
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$51.86 per day
Basel Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Mini Cooper or similar
Mini Cooper
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$55.85 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Basel Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Nissan Leaf or similar
Nissan Leaf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$63.32 / per day
St. Gallen Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$63.90 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse or similar
Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$71.72 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Standard Elite
Audi A3 Sportback or similar
Audi A3 Sportback
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$94.72 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:04 on 2023-01-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
German,
French
Currency
CHF
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
41
Average car rental price
$61.08 / per day
Average car rental length
1 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0

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

One-way Car Rentals in Switzerland

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Switzerland and drop off in another country:

  • From Switzerland to Italy - 550 offers from $147.42 per day
  • From Switzerland to France - 191 offers from $85.39 per day
  • From Switzerland to Austria - 119 offers from $101.43 per day
  • From Switzerland to Germany - 130 offers from $85.39 per day
  • From Switzerland to Netherlands - 73 offers from $103.15 per day

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

  • Zurich. The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is best-known for its economy and high standard of living, but there’s also plenty of history and culture to explore, too. Some of the most interesting attractions of Zurich include the Kunsthaus (the city’s main art museum), Le Corbusier Pavillion, and Bahnhofstraße, arguably the most famous street in Switzerland. 
  • Geneva. The main city of the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Geneva is a sophisticated destination with plenty of galleries, museums, and well-preserved architecture. Other attractions include the famous Jet d’Eau water fountain, the UN’s Palace of Nations, and the nearby CERN Nuclear Research Center, best recognizable by its futuristic globe.
  • Bern. The capital of Switzerland is not the country’s largest city, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of a travel destination. Best known for its beautiful Altstadt, or old town, that’s surrounded from three sides by the Aare river, the city is home to a number of beautiful churches, palaces, and bridges.

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 license 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 Help Center.

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

  • Ticino. Located in the far southeast of the country, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland is not just arguably the most distinct of the country’s regions, it is also one of its most beautiful. Known for its stunning mountain vistas and pure highland lakes, Ticino can seem far away — but its largest city, Lugano, is only a three-hour drive from Zurich, four hours from Basel, and five hours from Geneva.
  • Valais. Located to the west of Ticino, Valais is another southern region and another nature lover’s mecca. The small Alpine canton is home to some of the highest mountains and vastest glaciers in all of Europe. Naturally, the region is a hub for skiing, hiking, and climbing. If your rental car provider permits it, you can even pop over the border to Italy and France.
  • Swiss National Park. The only official national park in Switzerland and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, this large protected area is located in the far east of the country. The park is categorized as a strict nature reserve and there are a number of rules of what you can and cannot do in it, but the natural beauty of the area is absolutely worth it. Swiss National Park is a three-hour drive from Zurich and only two hours from Innsbruck in Austria and Bolzano in Italy, although in the case of the two latter trips you should ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $85 per day
  • Station wagons - from $140 per day
  • Large cars - from $113 per day
  • Medium cars - from $99 per day
  • Vans - from $233 per day
  • Premium cars - from $155 per day
  • Small cars - from $71 per day
  • SUVs - from $147 per day

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
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

Top 19 Most Popular Cities in Switzerland

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$82.38
January
$85.60
February
$66.65
March
$57.97
April
$70.98
May
$78.65
June
$88.28
July
$103.17
August
$61.45
September
$60.46
October
$71.65
November
$83.72
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Switzerland is April — prices start from $57.97 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 24% cheaper than the yearly average and 44% cheaper than renting a car in the month of August (when prices start at $103.17 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 how far in advance you book. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Switzerland?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in November — an average of 18 days. The shortest are in September — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Switzerland
6
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
6
October
18
November
6
December

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

DiscoverCars.com users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Switzerland. The most popular month is January, while the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Switzerland by Monthly Searches
140%
January
103%
February
91%
March
86%
April
109%
May
100%
June
118%
July
104%
August
76%
September
82%
October
87%
November
104%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Skoda Octavia STW 5 3 Station wagons
Hertz Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Geneva Rental Cars Volkswagen Up 3 2 Small cars
Geneva Rental Cars Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Renault Captur 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Ford Puma 4 2 SUVs
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
January 13, 2023
Drove from Zurich to Tasch where we parked the car to enter car-free Zermatt. It was the most beautiful and scenic drive we've been on with the mountains and green pastures as the backdrop.
Germany
Fiat 500
November 16, 2022
I had driven this car to Germany for a meeting. Was just great
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Tiguan
November 9, 2022
Great food
Malaysia
Opel Mokka
September 22, 2022
The car company will be happy if we rent direct with them rather than thro 3rd party as they seemed not too happy and helpful during picking up & returning the car.
United Kingdom
Opel Karl
August 17, 2020
Lauterbrunnen valley.... superb, fabulous
United Kingdom
VW Polo
February 18, 2020
Good place to rent if you arrive early in the day.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
January 29, 2020
No real opinion
Ireland
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
August 24, 2019
Bus to car rental puts me off.
United States of America (USA)
VW Golf
August 8, 2018
Included GPS very useful

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
City Auto Rent
9.84 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.14 / 10
Total number of reviews
38
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
$61.08
Lowest daily price
$5.01
Total cars available
1847

Top 14 Suppliers in Switzerland in 2023

City Auto Rent
City Auto Rent
Exceptional 9.8 / 37 reviews
+41227107272
Icc - Route De Pré-Bois 20 - 1215 Genève
$82 - $933
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Dollar
Dollar
Exceptional 9.1 / 135 reviews
+41438163255
Airside Center, Flughafen, 8302 Zürich, Switzerland
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9 / 161 reviews
+41848884444
Parking 3, 8302 Zürich
$52 - $281
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 100 reviews
+41432555656
PARKING 3 G1
$65 - $429
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.9 / 99 reviews
410581220420
FLUGHAFEN ZURICH,
$52 - $398
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 438 reviews
410848445522
Flughafen Basel Mulhouse, Postfach 142
$52 - $394
National
National
Excellent 8.7 / 13 reviews
+410848445522
Route de l'Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex
$53 - $402
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 49 reviews
+410434447000
Zollstrasse 42, 8005 Zürich
$40 - $173
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-12:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 10 reviews
0438163255
Zurich Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.4 / 6 reviews
+41448007733
Flughafen Parking 3, Zurich, 8060
$53 - $280
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.4 / 15 reviews
+41613252840
Flughafen Basel Muehlhausen
$52 - $207
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Geneva Rental Cars
Geneva Rental Cars
Excellent 8.2 / 248 reviews
+41223412222
171, Route De Meyrin, 1214 Vernier
$35 - $462
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:00
Tue:08:30-18:00
Wed:08:30-18:00
Thu:08:30-18:00
Fri:08:30-18:00
Sat:08:30-18:00
Explore Vacations AG
Explore Vacations AG
Excellent 8.2 / 15 reviews
+41764959010 / +41763109960 / +41763916463
Wallisellerstrasse 147, D-8152, Glattbrugg, Zürich, Switzerland
$76 - $265
Working hours
Mon:06:00-19:59
Tue:06:00-19:59
Wed:06:00-19:59
Thu:06:00-19:59
Fri:06:00-19:59
Sat:06:00-17:00
Sun:06:00-17:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
+41438163215
ZURICH AIRPORT - HERTZ CAR PARK - in Terminal
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Fri:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
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