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Car Rental in Switzerland

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Geneva Airport Car Rental
Compact
Volvo V40 or similar
Volvo V40
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$35.24 / per day
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Geneva Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$37.96 / per day
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Geneva Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$39.14 / per day
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Zurich Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$39.29 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Basel Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$39.77 / per day
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Geneva Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$40.48 / per day
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Zurich Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$40.50 / per day
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Geneva Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$41.24 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:41 on 2020-07-04. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German,
French
Currency
CHF
Country code
41
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$48.47 / 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

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 152.46 USD per day
  • From Switzerland to France - 191 offers from 88.31 USD per day
  • From Switzerland to Austria - 119 offers from 104.89 USD per day
  • From Switzerland to Germany - 130 offers from 88.31 USD per day
  • From Switzerland to Netherlands - 73 offers from 106.67 USD 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

  • 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 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 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.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $88 per day
  • Station wagons - from $94 per day
  • Large cars - from $85 per day
  • Medium cars - from $65 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $112 per day
  • Premium cars - from $125 per day
  • Small cars - from $53 per day
  • SUVs - from $89 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

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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
$82.10
January
$88.52
February
$68.93
March
$59.95
April
$73.41
May
$81.34
June
$91.30
July
$106.69
August
$63.55
September
$62.52
October
$79.61
November
$87.69
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Switzerland is April — prices start from $59.95 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 $106.69 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?

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

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

Discover Cars 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 December, while the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Switzerland by Monthly Searches
107%
January
298%
February
263%
March
23%
April
29%
May
26%
June
31%
July
27%
August
20%
September
43%
October
25%
November
308%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Dollar Volvo V40 4 3 Medium cars
SIXT Peugeot 208 2 1 Small cars
Dollar Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Dollar Mercedes Benz A Class 4 1 Medium cars
Budget Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Alamo VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Audi Q2 5 2 SUVs

Top 9 Suppliers in Switzerland in 2020

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.5
+41279480483
ZERZUBEN GARAGE, KANTONSSTRASSE 67, 3930 VISP SUISSE
Working hours
Mon:07:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Tue:07:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Wed:07:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Thu:07:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Fri:07:30-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.5
+41718550823
Flughafenstrasse 11
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+410848445522
Flughafen Basel-Mulhouse, 4056 Basel
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
410848445522
ERLACHSTRASSE 3,
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.6
410848445522
FLUGHAFEN BASEL-M POSTFACH 142,
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
0917435050
LOCARNO MAGADINO AIRPORT
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+41718553636
Hirn Rent Ag, Altenrhein, 9423
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:00; 13:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-12:00; 13:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-12:00; 13:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-12:00; 13:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-12:00; 13:30-21:00
Sat:08:30-12:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+41613252840
Flughafen Basel Muehlhausen
Working hours
Mon:00:15-00:30
Tue:00:15-00:30
Wed:00:15-00:30
Thu:00:15-00:30
Fri:00:15-00:30
Sat:00:15-00:30
Sun:00:15-00:30
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
410848445522
Flughafen Basel-M Postfach 142
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:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00

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