Driving Rules & Regulations in Switzerland

As you might expect in a country with a reputation for excellent management and organisation, the road network in Switzerland is superb. Make the most of it on your visit to Switzerland with a quality rental car booked through Nova Car Hire – just read our guide to driving in this magnificent country first!

  • switz1The minimum age for drivers in Switzerland is 18. Your car hire provider is likely to specify a minimum age of at least 21, however.

  • The blood/alcohol limit is 0.5 grams/litre (g/l). If you are found with levels of between 0.5 g/l and 0.79 g/l alcohol, you will either have your driver’s licence revoked for a minimum of a month or receive an official warning. If your alcohol level is higher, your licence will be revoked for a minimum of three months.

  • The use of a hand-held mobile phone is prohibited in Switzerland.

  • The motorway speed limit is 120 km/h.

  • Every uniformed police officer of the 26 cantons of Switzerland is also liable to conduct traffic surveillance and enforce sanctions for violations of the road traffic laws. They can issue on-the-spot fines from a catalogue of specific violations and agreed fines.

  • You must pay a road tax on national roads. The motorway tax sticker (vignette) costs CHF40 (€33) and is valid from December 1 to January 31 of the following year. The vignette price does not include driving through the Grand St. Bernhard Tunnel or Munt la Schera. A special toll must be paid for these.

  • Snow tyres are recommended for winter driving, and snow chains are mandatory for certain roads.

  • Children under 12 years of age and under 150 cm in height must be secured in an appropriate restraint, i.e child seat.

  • You must have a breakdown triangle in your rental car. If your car breaks down, move it to the side of the road if possible. Otherwise, place the breakdown triangle beside the car. Call 140 for the breakdown service.

  • When driving in forests, you may encounter signs warning of wild animals. Slow down, particularly at dawn and dusk. If deer do appear in the headlights, brake, dip your headlights, and use the horn.

Renting a car in Switzerland is the best way to get around this magnificent country. Now that you are familiar with the driving laws in Switzerland, check out Nova Car Hire for the best value car hire in Switzerland.