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
$60.40 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 2
  • Man.
SIXT
$67.08 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$68.18 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW UP or similar
VW UP
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Europcar
$69.58 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Zurich Dietlikon Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$70.67 / per day
Geneva Airport Car Rental
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Geneva Rental Cars
$71.34 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Seat Ibiza 5d or similar
Seat Ibiza 5d
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$73.78 / per day
Geneva Airport Car Rental
Compact
Volkswagen Golf or similar
Volkswagen Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Geneva Rental Cars
$77.10 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 09:23 on 2022-06-26. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German,
French
Currency
CHF
Country code
41
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%
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 US$ 143.27 per day
  • From Switzerland to France - 191 offers from US$ 82.98 per day
  • From Switzerland to Austria - 119 offers from US$ 98.57 per day
  • From Switzerland to Germany - 130 offers from US$ 82.98 per day
  • From Switzerland to Netherlands - 73 offers from US$ 100.24 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 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

  • 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 $83 per day
  • Station wagons - from $212 per day
  • Large cars - from $175 per day
  • Medium cars - from $149 per day
  • Vans - from $281 per day
  • Premium cars - from $241 per day
  • Small cars - from $146 per day
  • SUVs - from $245 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

Top 19 Most Popular Cities in Switzerland

  1. Car Rental in Geneva from $102.08 per day
  2. Car Rental in Zurich from $202.69 per day
  3. Car Rental in Basel from $129.04 per day
  4. Car Rental in Bern from $112.78 per day
  5. Car Rental in Interlaken from $157.74 per day
  6. Car Rental in Lugano from $131.06 per day
  7. Car Rental in Winterthur from $109.42 per day
  8. Car Rental in Montreux from $88.00 per day
  9. Car Rental in Vevey from $88.00 per day
  10. Car Rental in Sion from $105.61 per day
  11. Car Rental in Visp from $91.49 per day
  12. Car Rental in Altenrhein from $137.31 per day
  13. Car Rental in St. Gallen from $230.90 per day
  14. Car Rental in Locarno from $202.02 per day
  15. Car Rental in Biel from $173.65 per day
  16. Car Rental in Thun from $144.57 per day
  17. Car Rental Baden from $251.00 per day
  18. Car Rental in Fribourg from $91.49 per day

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
$77.15
January
$83.18
February
$64.78
March
$56.33
April
$68.98
May
$76.43
June
$85.79
July
$100.26
August
$59.71
September
$58.75
October
$69.63
November
$83.46
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Switzerland is April — prices start from $56.33 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 $100.26 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 November — an average of 18 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
18
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 January, while the least popular is August.
Popularity of Car Rental in Switzerland by Monthly Searches
306%
January
232%
February
205%
March
78%
April
50%
May
24%
June
2%
July
2%
August
35%
September
38%
October
118%
November
110%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Alamo VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Skoda Octavia STW 5 3 Station wagons
Alamo VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Renault Captur 5 2 SUVs
Alamo VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Fiat 500 2 2 Small cars
Geneva Rental Cars Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Puma 4 2 SUVs
Geneva Rental Cars Volkswagen Up 3 2 Small cars
Geneva Rental Cars Volkswagen Tiguan 5 3 SUVs

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 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)
Opel Mokka
August 22, 2018
I had a great rental experience in Zurich. The person at the counter, Andrea, was very helpful and proactive. She provided great information regarding navigating around the airport and was efficient, thorough, and super pleasant to deal with.
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
8.11 / 10
Total number of reviews
38
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
$141.66
Lowest daily price
$4.87
Total cars available
708

Top 14 Suppliers in Switzerland in 2022

City Auto Rent
City Auto Rent
Exceptional 9.8 / 37 reviews
+41227107272
Icc - Route De Pré-Bois 20 - 1215 Genève
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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 / 139 reviews
+41848884444
Parking 3, 8302 Zürich
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 367 reviews
410848445522
FLUGHAFEN BASEL-M POSTFACH 142,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8 / 81 reviews
410581220420
FLUGHAFEN ZURICH,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8 / 64 reviews
+41432555656
PARKING 3 G1
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:30
Tue:06:30-23:30
Wed:06:30-23:30
Thu:06:30-23:30
Sat:06:30-23:30
Sun:06:30-23:30
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 8 reviews
+410848445522
Route de l'Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 16 reviews
+410227161990
Gare de Genève, Pl. de Cornavin 7, 1201 Genève
Working hours
Mon:08:00-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Tue:08:00-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Wed:08:00-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Thu:08:00-12:00; 13:30-18:00
Fri:13:30-20:00
Sat:08:00-12:00; 13:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-13:00; 14:00-18:30
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 8 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
Explore Vacations AG
Explore Vacations AG
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+41764959010 / +41763109960
Böschenwissensatrsse 11, 8152 Glattbrugg, Zürich, Switzerland
Working hours
Mon:06:00-20:00
Tue:06:00-20:00
Wed:06:00-20:00
Thu:06:00-20:00
Fri:06:00-20:00
Sat:06:00-20:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.4 / 5 reviews
+41448007733
Flughafen Parking 3, Zurich, 8060
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
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.3 / 13 reviews
+41613252840
Flughafen Basel Muehlhausen
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
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
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
+41613252780
Exit Switzerland - HERTZ CAR PARK - in Terminal
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:59
Tue:07:30-22:59
Wed:07:30-22:59
Thu:07:30-22:59
Fri:07:30-22:59
Sat:08:00-15:00
Sun:15:00-23:00
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